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Taco Bell Classic
Spring Valley HS, Columbia SC
April 10-11, 2009
an NSSF select meet
DyeStat on-site coverage by John and Donna Dye

RESULTSBoys - Girls - 77 DyeStat Elite performances
Donna on the Side
all the sideline scenes

JD Action Pix

Winners - 200m Prelims

Preview - Heat Sheets
Entries - Schedule
History - Records
Prior Years
Meet's own web site

photos by John Dye
Chalonda Goodman GA gets double US#1s and meet records
11.30 +0.08 100m and 23.32 +0.4 200m - the 100 is fastest junior (under 20) time in the world this year.

On a sunny, but blustery spring day, Taco Bell athletes gave outstanding performances from morning until late at night, when West Charlotte NC boys and J.L. Mann SC girls whooped and hollered to celebrate winning the team trophies. 

Chalonda Goodman finishes 100

MVP Awards
 Girls Track - Chalonda Goodman GA 100/200 double
Chalonda surpassed her MVP performance at Mobile last week.  She is building a memorable senior year before heading for college at Texas in the fall.

 Boys Track - Andre Carter GA - 200/400 double
Andre edged Brandon Sanders by 0.02 second in the 200;  he had an easier time earlier in the 400.

 Girls Field - Brittany Porter GA - LJ/TJ double
Brittany broke the meet long jump record by sailing 20-3 on each of her first three tries and then passed the four remaining rounds.

Brittany's "make history" goal is to break the Georgia state LJ record. 
 Boys Field - Wesley Lavong PA - SP/DT double
Wesley and brother Carlton (2nd, LJ) drove down from Pennsylvania

photo by Donna Dye

 Other Highlights
  • G-400: Briana Nelson SC 53.71 US#2, (right) taking down the meet record (54.08) set in 1994 by future Olympian Monique Hennagan of the host high school, Spring Valley.
  • B-100: Hunter Furr NC 10.75 +1.1 - Last year's Nike Outdoor Nationals champion edges Antonial Marshall NC 10.77.
  • B-110H pre: Marcus Maxey GA 14.07 +0.4 , edging NSIC champion Justin Crawford NC (14.23).
  • G-100H: Jasmin Stowers SC 13.72 is fastest in US this season but wind-aided (+3.2). 
  • B-Mile: Mark Blackmon SC 4:21.12 - freshman from famous running family was South Carolina 4A cross country champ last fall. 
  • G-4x100: Elizabeth Seton MD 47.03 wins from "slow" section.

photo by John Dye
Winners Table
 Hunter Furr NC 10.75 +1.1
 Pre: Antonial Marshall NC 10.75 +3.8
 100 Chalonda Goodman GA 11.30 +0.8
 Pre: Chalonda Goodman GA 11.51 +1.8
 Andre Carter 21.42 +0.0
 Pre: Andre Carter GA 21.74 +2.7
 200 Chalonda Goodman GA 23.32 +0.4
 Pre:  Briana Nelson SC 24.13 +1.3
 Andre Carter GA 47.90
 400 Briana Nelson SC 53.71
 Tadarrin Phronebarger NC 1:54.46
 800 Becca Deloache NC 2:11.99
 Mark Blackmon SC 4:21.12
 Mile Laura Hoer NC 5:06.51
 Charlie Sparks GA 9:25.24
 3200 Kim Spano NC 11:03.56
 Marcus Maxey GA 14.07 +0.4
 Pre: Marcus Maxey GA 14.21 +1.5
 100/110H Jasmin Stowers SC 13.72 +3.2
 Pre: Jasmin Stowers SC 14.22 +0.9
 Jaron Roberson GA 54.24
 400H Kennisha Holden GA 1:02.50
 Stephenson GA 42.19
 4x100 Elizabeth Seton MD 47.03
 West Charlotte NC 3:20.84
 4x400 Westlake 3:53.03
 Reagan NC 8:00.14
 4x800 Ridge View SC 9:40.16
 David Smith GA 6-10
 HJ Taina LaPorte SC 5-8
 Damar Forbes GA 24-6.5
 LJ Brittany Porter GA 20-3 +0.0
 Martin Jenkins SC 48-00.50
 TJ Brittany Porter GA 40-6
 Stephen Hodapp NC 15-0
 PV Sandi Morris SC 11-6
 Wesley Lavong PA 62-5
 SP Brittney Wallers SC 43-9
 Wesley Lavong PA 164-2
 DT Aslynn Halvorson NC 157-3 MR


Andre Carter GA 21.74
and Briana Nelson SC 24.13 lead 200m qualifiers.
 Andre Carter
Briana Nelson


In its 18th year, the Taco Bell Classic continues to grow in stature.  Meet records and prior year results are sprinkled with the names of all time greats in US prep track and field.  This year's meet features a bevy of national stars among a record 2,400 entries from 11 states:
  • Chalonda Goodman - Newnan GA sr - Girls MVP at Mobile last week with a 100/200 double into a headwind: 11.64 -1.4 and 23.69 -0.2, the national leader in both events.  She ran 11.31 and 23.29 outdoors last year.
  • Jasmin Stowers - Pendleton SC jr - US#1 indoors at 60H with her 8.30 win at Nike Indoor Nationals.  She ran 13.52 100H last year, 8th best in the US. 
  • Brianna Nelson - J.L. Mann SC jr - US#1 indoors at 400 meters with her 54.15 win at Nike Indoor Nationals.  She had 2008 outdoor bests of 11.93, 24.13 and 53.4.  
  • Tavaris Tate - Starkville MS sr -Boys MVP at Mobile last week with a 200/400 double in 20.89 +1.6 (US#1 this season) and 46.74 (US#2).  Indoors this year, he was US#1 in the 400 (47.06) and won the NIN 400 in 47.84. 
  • Brittany Porter - Towers GA sr -US#1 long jumper this year both indoors (20-7.25 NIN champion) and outdoors (21-3.50). 
  • Saniel Atkinson - Bishop McNamara MD sr - NSIC pentathlon champion and 5-9.25 HJ US#4 indoors.
  • Justin Crawford - Ashbrook NC sr - NSIC 60H champion (7.84 US#3), US#2 7.23 55H indoors, and 13.81 110H US#3 outdoors last year.
  • Carlton Lavong - Methacton PA jr - 24-2.75 LJ US#5 indoors.
  • Wesley Lavong - Methacton PA sr - 62-2 SP US#9 indoors.