Fort Mill Times

Nation Ford runs to victory as guys win, girls tie in meet

Head coach Zack Lendyak and the Nation Ford boys track team won their first Region meet last week against Clover 72-69.

"It was an overall team effort for us, winning by three points," Lendyak said.

In individual competition, Steven Cox took home first place in discus and third in shot-put, with the team sweeping the discus competition. Xavier Cureton anchored the 4x100 team and won the 100-meter with a time of 11.1. Dee Truesdale took home first place in the long, triple and high jumps, and Sam Johnson, who ran four events, scored 16 points, helping lead the team to victory.

With 45 boys total, the team is spread thin with several athletes running three or four events a night. The win against Clover came down to the last race in the 4x400 relay.

"It was great to see the whole team cheering them on for the win," Lendyak said.

Some of the sprinters for the boy's team have some pulled groins and hamstrings, but Lendyak said no major injuries have occurred and the team is working on stretching and altering workouts to keep in shape for the next meet against Northwestern.

The girls team faced a close race against Clover as well, finishing with a final score of 72-72.

"It was an exciting meet," said head girls coach Abby Beard.

Eighth grader Meredith Kilburn scored 12 points for the team and finished first in the mile with a time of 5:53. She also took home first in the two mile, third in the 800-meter and was part of the 4x800 team.

"She has a good work ethic and is very dedicated," Beard said.

Gunnels, a freshman, took home first in the 800-meter, second in the two mile, second in the 400-meter hurdles and was also part of the 4x800 relay. Jana Walker, who competed in all of her events within a 30-40 minute time period, took home first in the long jump, second in the triple jump and third in the high jump.

Freshman Alex Land scored 10 points for the team and took home a first place finish in the 100-meter and 200-meter with a time of 27.30.

The girls swept the shot-put and discus competition in which Sharon Pope finished third, Stephanie Shoal took home second in both events and Taylor Holeman also won in both events.

With 20 plus girls competing on the team this year, many are competing in several events and despite not having any seniors on the team, Beard said they are a deep team with talent in a lot of areas.

The girls will also face off against Northwestern and Beard said she expects competition to be strong and it to be a close meet.

"They lost to South Pointe by one point, so it's going to take some of our best effort yet."