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Truesdale ‘hurdles’ to first in state

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ILHS track team places 7th overall

By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School junior sprinter Rondreas Truesdale realized a season-long goal with a golden moment Saturday at the Class AA state track meet at Spring Valley High School in Pontiac.
Truesdale, who participated in three events, reached his goal with the Class AA boys state championship in the 110 high hurdles with a 14.68 effort.
“Rondreas really wanted to win the state in this event and it was his goal,” Warriors track coach Barry Hallums said. “He was focused on that and stayed focused.”
Truesdale posted a 5-yard win on the way to the state title.
“He loves running the hurdles and fights hard to succeed,” Hallums said.
Timberland’s Lee Mayes ran a 15.11 to place second behind Truesdale.
“Rondreas came out of the blocks real well and about the halfway point, he kicked it in gear,” Hallum said. “He shifted into another gear and pulled away. He has that ability and it made a difference.”
Hallums noted Truesdale was 9-1 for the season in the 110 high hurdles.
His state win was for 10 points and the gold.
Truesdale, a three-sport athlete and a state runner-up in wrestling, also scored in two other races. He ran an 11.12 in the 100 meters to place fifth and tallied four points. Truesdale also dashed to a 22.92 effort in the 200 meters for seventh place and two points.
“Rondreas already has his goal for next season,” Hallums said. “He wants to repeat as the 110 hurdles champion and win the 100. He can do it and also do well in the 200. The hurdles were his focus this year and he achieved it.”
Truesdale scored 16 points to help IL to a seventh-place team finish with 27 points.
Indian Land senior Jarrell Robinson, like Truesdale a three-sport perfomer, placed fourth in the triple jump with a 44-10 effort for five points.
Travis Butler, in the 800 meters, ran a 2:04.17 to finish sixth and score three points.
Butler also teamed with James Gregory, John Cutrone, and Colton Helms to post an 8:39.11 in the 4x800 relay and placed sixth for three more points.
The Warriors 4x800 relay team included alternates Ian Faris and Zachiriah Keehn.
“We took a total of eight kids and scored 27 points tio place seventh overall,” Hallums said. “I was real pleased and proud of the effort. We have a young team and I think we will be competing hard again next season. We can build on our success and this effort.”
Upper State tougher this year
The Upper State track meet May 7 formally introduced the ILHS runners to their new AA level of competition.
The day was long and hard, but the IL boys track team survived to go to the next level – state championships.
James Gregory broke the school record in the 3200 meter with a time of 10.55.30.
Travis Butler ran a personal best of 2.05.00 in the 800 meter.
The efforts of all the runners were impressive as eight advanced to state.
The girls track team experienced an upset with no female qualifiers this year.
“The girls gave 110 percent. We have a young team, we were in a new division, and I can’t say that I’m not proud of them,” said IL girls track coach DJuana “D” Fitzpatrick. “We asked for their best and that’s what we received. Many of the girls set personal records. Can’t complain about that.”
IL boys win region; girls second
It was quite clear to the Indian Land track team when it got off the bus April 27 at the region meet at Cheraw High School that this meet was not like the others, Fitzpatrick said.
Beginning with the region meet, it’s win or go home from then on, she said. The goal of the day was to win the region meet, but the ultimate achievement for the team in its new class would be to win the state championships and this meet was the first step.
The IL track team put on an impressive performance, with the team’s veterans leading the way.
First-place region finishers included:
• Rondreas Truesdale – 100 meter, 110 hurdles, 200 meter
• Jarrell Robinson – Hgh jump and triple jump
• Travis Butler – 800 meter
• James Gregory – 3200 meter
• Lindsay Johnson – Triple jump
• Damonique McClure – Discus
Sophomore Destiny Todd placed second in the 4x800, 400m, 800m and 4x400m.
Lindsay Johnson also provided an impressive performance all around, placing in the triple jump, long jump, 4x100 and 200m.
The most exciting part of the meet came with the Indian Land boys photo finish in the 4x400 relay against Cheraw High School. Warriors DeVante Benjamin, Travis Butler, Trevon Gasque and Bryon Williams ran neck and neck against Cheraw, finishing the race with the relay’s team fastest time of 3.42.01.
First place went to Cheraw, “literally by a fingernail,” Fitzpatrick said.
The region meet ended with the first-place overall team trophy going to Indian Land High School boys and more than 25 IL runners qualifying for the Upper State meet.
See complete official results and video of races on ILTrack.tk.