State track champs!

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ILHS 4x400 relay team wins big

By Robert Howey

PONTIAC – The Indian Land High School boys 4x400-meter relay team produced its best effort on its biggest stage.
The Warriors’ 4x400 relay team of Marlin Davis, Deshon Harris, Brian Adams, Devonte Harris ran a school record 3 minutes, 20.49 seconds to win the state championship at the Class AAA state meet Saturday, May 11, at Spring Valley High School.
“That team has worked hard all season, and all that hard work paid off for them,” ILHS coach Chris Cuviello said. “A lot of the credit goes to our sprint coach Eric Streeter.
“He has put in the time and work with those sprinters, and he had them ready,” he said. “They were prepared for the challenge and they responded with their best effort of the season. We’re proud of them.”
The Warriors’ 4x400 relay state title marked the fourth straight year ILHS has won an individual state track championship.
The 4x400 relay team won the Region IV-AAA title at the region meet and the team was the top qualifier at the Class AAA state qualifier in Seneca the week before.
“The only meet they didn’t win in was the Bojangles’ Classic, which drew about 2,000 athletes and teams from across the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida,” Cuviello said. The ILHS 4x400 relay team finished second in that meet last month at Spring Valley High, where Cuthbertson High School of Union County, N.C., won with a 3:20.62 to the Warriors’ 3:22.73.
“They had a great season, and coach Streeter was a big reason for their success,” Cuviello said. “He puts in a lot of time with them.”
Devonte Harris finished second in the 400-meter in 49.33.
Davis, headed to Lenoir Rhyne University to run track, was third in the 200-meter in a time of 22.16 and was fifth in the 400-meter in 49.99.
The Indian Land High School boys, with 28 points, placed ninth out of 33 teams in the Class AAA state meet.
ILHS girls results
The Indian Land girls also had a solid day, with Leah Henry leading the Lady Warriors’ effort. She placed fourth in the long jump with a 16-5 effort.
London Johnson was seventh in the shot put with a 32-6 effort.
The ILHS girls team tallied seven points and placed 21 out of 31 teams.
Cuviello also saluted coaches Yolanda Bryan-Adams and Beth Griffin for their work with the ILHS athletes.

Contact sports editor Robert Howey at (803) 283-1157.