With more than 400 photos from the 3rd Annual Sandlapper Classic, it will take several hours for the upload to complete, but you can CLICK HERE to see the gallery while it uploads. With every passing minute more photos will be added, so be sure to check back often. And while we wait for Kay Sorin’s color article that will be published in this week’s issue of West Of, which will include more detailed results, below we’ve posted the article in today’s Post & Courier written by Phillip Bowman that includes all Gold Medalists, MVP’s, and final team scoring among top finishers.
Islanders’ Roper shines in 400 win
As the Sandlapper Track and Field Classic wound down late Saturday afternoon, the public address announcer asked coaches to make nominations for the top performers of the meet. When it came to the outstanding male track performer, he could have asked for a coronation.
St. John’s standout sprinter Greg Roper is the king of the 400-meter dash in South Carolina and he proved he is the man to beat this year. Roper, who had the best 400 time at the state meet last year regardless of school classification, beat the reigning Class AAAA state champion Raymond Eurie in the best race of the day at West Ashley Stadium.
Roper, whose school competes at the Class A level, ran a 49.64 to win the gold, and edge Eurie by .34 of a second.
“We’re very close friends,” Roper said of his top rival. “We talk about running and we hope to go to the same school so we can-tag team together.”
Roper also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.77 and completed the sweep of the sprints with a clocking of 22.25 in the 200-meter dash.
Roper is seeking his fourth and final state championship in the 400 this spring.
“I was watching SportsCenter this week, and I heard someone use the term four-peat,” Roper said. “I never heard the term before. But that’s me. I want to win the 400 again this year so I can tell people I have a four-peat.”
While Roper is concluding his career, Cane Bay’s Semaj Tolliver’s is just beginning. The freshman set a meet record in the girls 100 with a time of 12.54 and won the 200 in 25.48 to earn the top female track performer award.
Fort Dorchester’s Keri Emanuel repeated as the top female field performer with victories in the long and triple jumps.
Northwestern’s Cordarelle Patterson was the top male field performer with gold medals in the high jump and long jump.
Wando dominated the team standings.
The Warriors won the girls’ crown with 104.5 points, while Northwestern was second with 94.5. Miller Grove claimed third with 84.5.
Wando edged Summerville 100-97 for the boys’ title. Northwestern was third with 93.
Wando won the combined team championship with 204.5 points. Northwestern was second with 187.5 and Summerville third with 172.
100: Tolliver, Cane Bay, 12.54. 200: Tolliver, Cane Bay, 25.48. 400: Harris, Miller Grove, 59.66. 800: McDavid, Wando, 2:32.29. 1,600: Brandli, Wando, 5:44.57. 100 Hurdles: Austin, Miller Grove, 15.15. 400 hurdles: Austin, Miller Grove, 1:06.56. 400 relay: Miller Grove 49.58. 1,600 relay: Miller Grove 4:15.41. 3,200 relay: Wando 10:10.79. 6,400 relay: Wando 23:38.63. Distance Medley: Wando 13:33.02. HJ: Glover, Summerville, 5-2. PV: Metraud, Wando, 10-00. LJ: Emanuel, Fort Dorchester, 17-4. TJ: Emanuel, Fort Dorchester, 37-1.5. SP: Sullivan, Fort Dorchester, 36-4.25. D: Simmons, Hanahan, 112-1
100: Roper, St. John’s, 10.77. 200: Roper, St. John’s, 22.25. 400: Roper, St. John’s, 49.64. 800: Rojas, Kell Ardrey, 2:03.60. 1,600: Klecker, Kell Ardrey, 4:39.81. 110 Hurdles: Ravenna, Summerville, 14.92. 400 Hurdles: Cunningham, Northwestern, 56.65. 400 relay: Northwestern 42.56. 1,600 relay: Summerville 3:32.41. 3,200 relay: Kell Ardrey 8:30.18. 6,400 relay: Kell Ardrey 19:06.24. Distance Medley: Bishop England 11:18.83. HJ: Patterson, Northwestern, 6-4. PV: Hart, Wando, 14-0. LJ: Patterson, Northwestern, 22-4.5. TJ: Funnye, Andrews, 44-3.5. SP: McCutheon, Goose Creek, 46-0. D: Pinckney, West Ashley, 156-2.
For Complete Results as published at SCRunners.com, CLICK HERE
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