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Records broken at Coaches Classic

The Fort Mill girls track team has a lot to be happy about after an exciting week of competition.

Fort Mill came away with the highest point total at the Coaches Classic last Saturday, and added another win to its record when it defeated Clover with an impressive 107--34 win.

Head girls coach Steve Mullinax said there was a lot of great running displayed by his girls as they took on Clover.

"Taylor Miller, Quanika Blackmon and Katelyn Hnat," all ran well. "Ceci Kryst also had an exceptional day in the long and triple jump," Mullinax said.

The team also won all three of its relays, an event they have been focusing on this season.

"Tioyanna Blackmon and Ashley Potts also had stellar performances," added Mullinax.

The Fort Mill boys track team ended competition against Clover in a close meet with a final score, 78-63.

"It was closer than I wanted it to be, but we did pull out a win," said head boys coach Marc Pyrc.

The meet got off to a good start with the Yellow Jackets 4x800 relay team running a solid race, which included Peter Jurewicz, running the third leg and giving Daniel Kalshoven a huge lead to win it.

Fort Mill excelled in jumping against Clover as well.

"Damon Pugh, Chris Coburn and Roshawn Dupree had a clean sweep of the long jump," Pyrc said.

Shaw took home first in the triple jump, Coburn placed third, and Drew Nethery and Devin Brazil took second and third in the high jump.

Josh Gist and Like Miller placed second and third in the 110m high hurdles, with Miller also winning the 400m hurdles and Gist finishing third.

"Both athletes are new to hurdling this year, but are making huge improvements ever race," Pyrc said.

Mark Blackmon and Jon Kalshoven took home second and third in the 1,600-meter, and Jurewicz and Kalshoven took second and third in the 800, and Drew Marshall placed second in the 3,200-meters.

"Noah Jones has been coming on strong in the sprint events," Pyrc added. "He placed second in the 100-meter and was the lead leg in the winning 4x400 relay. Shaw is also dropping his times in the sprint events."

In field events, senior Josh Strickland won both the shot and the disc and Kalshoven won the pole vault.

On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets were one of 51 teams competing at the Coaches Classic in Columbia, where they walked away with the highest point total, according to Mullinax.

Ashley Potts returned home with four medals, winning the 100-meter hurdlers and as Mullinax described, "demolished the field" in the 400-meter hurdles winning by over 20 meters.

"A truly phenomenal performance," Mullinax said. "Her 15.1 in the hurdlers broke her own school record set last year as well."

Tioyanna Blackmon also had a great day, winning the 1,600-meters in 5:09, a new school record.

"In doing so, Tioyanna handed Mary Kate Dubard of Northwestern her only defeat of the year," Mullinax said.

In the 4x800 relay, Fort Mill took the gold in a meet record time of 9:42.1, which is also a school record.

"Ceci Kryst had outstanding day in the long and triple jumps going 16'7' in the long and 33'9" in the triple," added Mullinax. "Virtually every girl that performed on Saturday improved their performances from earlier in the season."

For the boys, Saturday turned out to be a long 14 hour day for the team. The boys came home with strong performances from the 4x800 relay team of Jon and Daniel Kalshoven, Jurewicz and Nethery, who ran their fastest time of the year, placing seventh overall.

"We had personal bests from several athletes including Noah Jones in the 200-meter, Evan O'Neal in the shot and Josh Strickland in the shot and disc," said Pyrc said. "The Classic is a great opportunity to put yourself into a tough race and compete at the highest level. I'm very pleased with how the guys competed and I'm happy with where we stand at this point of the season."

Upcoming meets

• March 25 at Nation Ford, 5 p.m.

• April 1 at Northwestern,

5 p.m.

• April 4 vs. York, 5 p.m.

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