Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In the end it proved to be a little too much Hanahan as the Berkeley Stags boys track team finished as Region 8AAA runners-up to the dominating Hawks in the region track meet held at Gerald Moody Field on Thursday, May 1.
Jonnay Anthony racked up another pair of region championship gold medals, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
The Hawks dominated the sprint races, with the Stags’ Zeke Sepulveda finishing second, narrowly falling short to Hanahan’s Kahlime and Samuel Denmark, who swept the top spot in the three dash races.
Sepuvulda will advance to the Lower State Qualifier next week in four events, the 100- 200- and 400-meter dashes, and the 4x100-meter relay.
The Stags crowned several Region 8AAA champions during the meet.
“We are doing what we have to do in order to be where we want to be and compete with the best teams in the state and we are peaking at just the right time,” said Stags coach Greg Christensen.
Keishaun Limehouse emerged as the next Berkeley star in the hurdles event, winning the 110-meter hurdles to successfully defend his county championship and Cane Bay Invitational crown with a time of 14.73 seconds.
Tyler Mills also made it a three-peat with a Region 8AAA championship in the pole vault with a qualifying leap of 13 feet.
“The key is to do what you have to do to advance to the Lower State qualifier,” Christensen said.
The Stags will send more than 25 athletes to the Lower State Qualifer track meet in Columbia on May 9 and 10.
Berkeley’s Daryl Frazier and Jamari Francis tied as co-region champs with matching leaps of 6 feet. Jonathan Washington took home a gold in the long jump with a leap of 20-2½ feet.
Francis qualified in the triple-jump as well, finishing second to teammate Dequawn Smith, who was crowned region champ wth a leap of 43-5½ feet. Francis came in at 41.01 feet.
Berkeley boys qualified in all three relay races, finishing third in the 4x800-meter relay (Jordan Davis, Tony Lilly, Demond Witherspoon and Karon Reid) with a time of 8:41.26 minutes.
The 4x400 relay team of Reid, Witherspoon, Davis and Deion Williams finished second with a time of 3:29.46 minutes.
The 4x100 relay team of Davis, Limehouse, Josh Sellers and Sepulveda narrowly lost out to Hanahan by a tenth of a second, posting a time of 42.55 seconds.
“They were close,” Christensen said. “Ten more yards and Zeke catches him.”
Other Stag qualifiers are Keyshawn Matthews, Josh Sellers and Alex Taylor.
For the girls, eighth grader Kaliece Pinckney finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 62.75 seconds to advance.
Shantasia Allen placed second in the high jump with a leap of 4-04 feet.
Other Lady Stags qualifiers include Jaquoia Williams, SKyler Gadsden, and Sierra Stewart.
The Lower State Qualifer meet is scheduled for Saturday May 10, at Lexington HS in Columbia.
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