Sprint fireworks in South Carolina
- Troy Williamson 10.35 +0.4 -NC football star
(signed for South Carolina) grabs US#1. US#1 Xavier Carter 21.02
+1.3 (Mike Loyd 21.12) and 47.64.
Chase Shealy clears 16-7
Boys - Matt Debole 4:15.46 mile. Roy Cheney hurdle
double: 13.83 +3.1 and 54.13 400H. Chase Shealy 16-7 PV US#2.
Girls - Julia Lucas 5:00.39 mile and 10:31.43 3200m.
Kemesha Whitmire 19-6.25 and 38-6.25 LJ/TJ.
photo by Lauren Simms
by Jim Spier
The meet, now over a dozen years old, had its best year ever. High
temperatures (91 degrees) helped mostly the sprinters, but the middle
distance runners set several meet records on both the boys and girls
the heat nothwithstanding.
The big surprise here was senior Troy Williamson (Silver Bluff,
with a nation-leading 10.35 (+.4). Freshman J-Mee Samuels (Mt. Tabor,
Winston-Salem, NC) was second in 10.65. Samuels, born May 20, 1987,
Curtis Johnson's age 14 record by .01. Williamson, a big time football
player, will play that sport and run track next year at U. of South
He made the crowd pay attention earlier with his 10.50 in the prelims
Samuels was the second fastest qualifier overall in his heat (10.76,
The 200 was a battle between soph Xavier Carter (Palm Bay, Melbourne,
senior Mike Loyd (Mt. Tabor, Winston-Salem, NC). Loyd had a great
let Carter through 180 meters, with Carter ultimately the winner
21.02 to 21.12 (+1.3). Samuels was third in 21.62, only .07 off
Johnson's 21.55 age 14 mark. Carter ran 21.44 in the prelims. Second
fastest in the prelims was Nathan Breeland (Walterboro, NC) with
clocking. Breeland false-started in the finals.
Carter had an easy time of it in the 400, winning by a second or
so in 47.64.
The 800 was won by junior Ragan Clay (North Forsyth, Winston-Salem,
1:54.42, with senior Shawn Cunningham (Hilton Head, SC) second in
Matt Debole, the junior from Mt. Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC) won
the mile (the
full distance) in 4:15.46. Debole split 61.9, 2:07.2, 3:13.1 (final
Senior Roy Cheney (Evans, GA) was a double hurdle winner. He won
in the only wind-aided sprint/hurdle race of the day (+3.1) in 13.83.
Jonathan Walker, the junior from Southwest De Kalb (Decatur, GA)
of the U.S. World Youth team last summer, was second in 13.90, with
third in 14.00. Loyd had just finished anchoring his team's 4x100
team (41.86), before he went to the hurdle starting line. All had
marks in the prelims: Loyd 14.28 (+1.8), Cheney 14.31 (+.2) and
It was Cheney the winner in the 400h (54.13), with senior Rashad
(Oscar Smith, Chesapeake, VA) second in 54.33. Cheney's time is
#2 US thus
far in this early season.
Xavier Carter anchored his team to a 3:19-mid victory only to have
runner disqualified for a lane violation. Mt. Tabor became the winner
3:20.86 (48.8 Mike Loyd anchor).
Junior Chase Shealy (Brookland-Cayce, SC) moved into second in
the US in the
vault with a big 16-7 jump. He had a very near miss at 17-1 on his
attempt. That height seems "doable" by the end of the
season. Mark Johnson
(North Myrtle Beach, SC) was second at 15-6.
Mitchell Pope, a senior from South Caldwell HS (Hudson, NC) won
the shot in
with a toss of 60-2.75.
The women's side was not quite as spectacular as that of the men,
were some significant marks.
Senior Quan Fields (Battery Creek, SC) won the 200 in 24.80 (+1.0)
junior Tiffany Roberts (Southwest Guilford, High Point, NC) second
Shayna Staton (Bay Shore, NY) edged Shermika Bennett (Tilden, Brooklyn,
in the 800, 2:18.09 to 2:18.86.
Julia Lucas (Myers Park, Charlotte, NC) had a big meet. She seemed
to be the
"Queen of Negative Splits). The NC State-bound Lucas won the
(full) mile in
5:00.39 (2:34, 2:26) and the 3200m in 10:31.43 (5:21, 5:10!). Duke-bound
Laura Stanley was second in both events (5:05.63 and 10:42.61).
Stanley passed 3000m in 9:54.8 and 10:11.2, respectively.
Ebony Brown of Eau Claire, SC won the 400h over Kellie Castro (Bay
NY), 64.25 to 65.35.
Bay Shore, NY was the 4x800 victor. Shayna Staton anchored in 2:18.1
leading her team to the 9:33.96 victory. Carolina Day (Asheville,
second (9:38.49) with Laura Stanley anchoring in 2:18.0. Mt. Tabor
(Winston-Salem, NC) was third in 9:41.90.
Kemesha Whitmire (Spartanburg, SC) won both horizontal jumps (legal
leaping 19-6.25 and 38-6.25. Soph Vonteena Knotts (Butler, Mathews,
second in the long jump at 19-3.5 (legal wind).