by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Senior Diamond Taylor was the only state medalist for Lancaster at last week’s Group 1A/2A indoor track and field championships in Salem.
Taylor threw the shot put 36’5″ to place third among 22 throwers in the finals and set a personal indoor record. Taylor’s personal record in outdoor track in the shot put is 37’2″.
“Diamond did exactly what she needed to do. She had her season’s best throw but came up against a girl that had beaten her last year in outdoor competition,” said LHS coach Draper Washington.
Senior Jasmyn Taylor finished ninth in the girls triple jump finals with a 33’6.5″ jump and went 14’11” in the long jump to finish 12th. Her triple jump was a personal best in indoor track.
“I’m excited for what’s going to happen for Jasmyn in the outdoor season,” said Washington.
In the boys meet, Lancaster’s 4X800-meter relay team of sophomore Marcus Keeve, sophomore Zach Kane and seniors Zac Benton and Wyatt McCranie had the best finish for the Red Devils, placing 12th in 9:22. The 4X200-meter relay team of sophomore Chris Dameron, junior Darius Reed, sophomore Elijah Palmer and Keeve placed 14th in 1:42.84 and the 4X400 team of Benton, Dameron, Reed and sophomore Elijah Palmer was 15th in 3:59.07.
Benton was 13th in the final heat of the 1000-meter run. He ran the race in 2:50.22.
In the preliminary race on the short track, sophomore Chris Dameron placed 14th in 6.93 in the 55-meter dash, while teammate senior Divaris Redmond was 17th in 7.04, a personal indoor best.
“Indoor track really bridges that gap between the outdoor seasons and gives us a leg up on the teams in the conference and region which don’t have indoor,” said Washington. “Our younger runners really gain a lot of experience. I only had three seniors on the boys team and all the sophomores were fairly new to the sport. And that was big to have that many sophomores running at the biggest meet of the season.”
Northumberland’s Traven Rice placed fourth in both the 55 meter hurdles and the high jump. He cleared 6’0″ in the high jump and sprinted to a 8.39 finish on the short track.
Northumberland’s girls 4X800-meter relay team placed fifth in 10:51.31, while Savannah Blake took seventh in the 300-meter dash in 44.97 and Trinity Bea was eighth in the 500-meter dash in 1:27.19.