High School Sports

Herald/York track meet to feature top area runners

The Herald/York Track Meet will be run at South Pointe High School beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday. It will feature boys and girls teams from Clover, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe and York.

Those who attend get the chance to see some of the state's most outstanding track and field athletes, including Northwestern distance runner Mary Kate DuBard and Fort Mill's Tiayonna Blackmon.

DuBard won the Class AAAA cross country championship in the fall and has signed a combination scholarship to run both sports at Georgia Tech. Her 10:56.70 is best in the state this spring in the 3,200. Blackmon is tops in the state in the 1,600 with a 5:09.10.

Northwestern has another girls state leader in high jumper Emily Smith (5-8).

Rock Hill's Johnathan Meeks' 50.15 is best in the 400, and until recently, Northwestern's Patrick Cunningham held the top spot in the 400 hurdles at 56.68.

Tickets are $4.

• CHESTER AWARDS: Chester honored its winter sports athletes last week.

The boys basketball team that played in the Class AAA Upper State championship game and won the Region 3-AAA title had co-MVPs -- Donald Sims and Jemarcus McClinton.

Omega Richardson was named MVP for wrestling.

Jason Smith was recognized for being named the region's boys basketball coach of the year.

• TACO BELL: Northwestern's girls were third at the Taco Bell Track Classic over the weekend.

Smith won the high jump with a 5-8. DuBard was second in the 3,200 with an 11:06.62 and third in the 3,200 at 5:05.64. Marcia Gabrielle was third in the pole vault at 10-6, a school record.

Northwestern's Charlie Snipes was third in the pole vault with a 14-0. Jarrett Neely was fourth in the long jump with a 22-01.5. The Trojans were 24th.

Fort Mill's girls finished seventh. Blackmon was second in the 1,600 with a 5:05.53 and fourth in the 800 at 2:19.06. Ceci Krist was fifth in the long jump at 17-06.

• STALLIONS: South Pointe's boys won the three-year school's first-ever track meet last week, finishing first in the Ashbrook (N.C.) Green Wave relays.

Breon Jackson set the school record in the high jump with a 6-4. He also won the long and triple jumps.

Other Stallions finishing first were: Kirby Crawford (1,600); Mark McCullough (300 intermediate hurdles) and Brett Squibbs (pole vault). Jasmine Wright took first in the girls long jump.

• ON THE MOVE: This week's soccer polls saw some movement by The Herald-area teams.

Northwestern's boys stayed at No. 2 in Class AAAA and area awaiting their showdown with No. 1 Spring Valley on April 21 on the Trojans' field.

South Pointe moved from No. 11 to No. 9. Rock Hill (8-2-1) jumped back into the poll at No. 15.

In the Class AAAA girls poll, Fort Mill moved from No. 6 to No. 5.

Same for Indian Land's boys in the Class A, who are No. 4 after holding down the No. 5 spot last week.

Nation Ford's girls stayed at No. 15 in the Class AAAA girls poll.

• SOCCER STATS: Northwestern junior Enzo Martinez is closing in on the career goals record in South Carolina. At 121 (28 this season), he needs only 20 to catch former Andrew Jackson star Kyle Izzard (141).

Martinez's bid to lead Class AAAA in goals this season is in jeopardy. Stratford's Austin Savage has 41.

Those two are far ahead of the field. Rock Hill junior Lyle McDaniel is third with 17.

• SOFTBALL POLLS: There was little movement involving The Herald-area teams in this week's S.C. Softball Coaches polls, and there's one question that needs to be asked.

Chester dropped a spot to No. 8 in Class AAA. Indian Land stayed at No. 3 in Class A. But where is Clover in Class AAAA? The Lady Blue Eagles are atop the Region 3-AAAA standings with a 9-0 record and are 15-3 overall.

• MUST SEE: With the spring sports season winding down, this week's schedule has several must-see games in Class AAAA.

Starting with baseball, Northwestern and Rock Hill are involved in several key games. Northwestern hosts Fort Mill, a team that must win out for any shot at the playoffs, tonight. Rock Hill travels to York, tied with Northwestern for first place, tonight.

Northwestern hosts Rock Hill on Wednesday in a makeup game. They play again on Friday at Rock Hill. And that night, York travels to Clover.

In boys soccer, No. 2 Northwestern hosts Fort Mill tonight and Fort Mill hosts No. 8 South Pointe on Friday.

The softball game of the week has York at Clover on Friday.

The Trojans/Bearcats/Stallions boys golf tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at Rock Hill Country Club.