The Class AAAA track and field state meet qualifier was held Saturday at Spring Valley High School.
Calvin Hudgins’ Northwestern program filled up the top-eight spots in a number of events. Heat winners plus next three best times advance to this weekend’s state meet, also at Spring Valley.
Trojan senior Christian Acker qualified for the state meet in four events, the 800 and 1600-meter runs and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Fellow Northwestern senior Trey Stanley set a new meet record in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.41, nearly a full second ahead of his closest competitor’s time.
A number of local athletes achieved National Elite times or distances: Northwestern’s Adia Simpkins, Reagen Caldwell, Rock Hill’s Tylia Moses and South Pointe’s Malecha Cousar all reached that threshold for girls, with Moses doing it twice in long and triple jump. For the boys, Clover’s Keyshawn Pressley, Northwestern’s Trey Stanley, Chad Fennell, Quantarius Caldwell and Daniel Bolin, South Pointe’s Khalil Jackson and Fort Mill’s Zach Riley produced National Elite times or jumps.