T. C. Roberson's girls ran away with the 4x800, bringing home gold medals, a national top-10 ranking, and a meet record.
The two-day format of the Taco Bell Classic allows athletes to put more effort into their events, and it also lets teams put more athletes into the meet. Add that to the long-standing reputation and wide-reaching draw that the meet already holds, and you have a formula for great performances. Simply put, this is the biggest and baddest invitational in the Carolinas, and every year athletes from the Tar Heel State make their way south to test their mettle. This year was no exception, with state- and nationally-ranked results left and right, starting quickly on Friday night as T. C. Roberson's girls posted a meet-record of 9:16.93 in the 4x800 NC #2 US #8 NC #7 All-Time. Lake Norman's boys took inspiration and followed suit, winning in 7:58.09 NC #1. Later in the evening, Sara Platek (Ragsdale) dueled with Libby Davidson (E.C. Glass VA), pushing each other all the way to the line, where Davidson narrowly held on; Platek's time of 10:44.97 is NC #7 this season. Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman) turned around from the 4x800 to take the win in the 3200, running 9:13.56.
When Saturday rolled around, the performances kept coming. Anna Cockrell (Providence Day) rose to the competition as she faced Chantel Ray (Hampton VA), and that pushed her to an excellent 13.79 NC #1 US #10 NC #10 All-Time. Cockrell also ran well in the 400 Hurdles, taking the gold with a 1:02.92 that ranks her US #6. Casey Greenwalt (T. C. Roberson) built on her team's relay success to finish second in the 800, running 2:15.99 NC #1. Trentavis Friday (Cherryville) only ran the 100, and he ruised to a 10.50 and a relatively easy win. Mallard Creek continued to impress with their sprint depth, running 41.61 in the 4x100 to claim the title; likewise for the Hopewell boys, who won the 4x400 in 3:21.24. Ryan Speer (North Raleigh Christian) led a North Carolina sweep in the 800 with his 1:53.33; Ryan Hastings (Porter Ridge) came in at 1:53.81 and Elijah Inuwa (Central Academy of Technology) clocked 1:54.79.
In the field, Brianna Hames (Myers Park) went toe-to-toe with the national shot put record-holder, Raven Saunders, and held her own in the discus - her 156' 3" mark earned her a silver medal. Mariel Finger (North Gaston) achieved a major goal by clearing 12 feet (tied for NC #1) for the first time, taking the win in the pole vault. Jonathan Marino (Marvin Ridge) jumped 22' 11.5" NC #3, finishing second in the long jump. Marcus Abraham (Victory Christian) took the win in the shot put with a mark of 55' 4.75" and also threw 156' 7" in the discus; Alex Tate (Marvin Ridge) got the better of him in that event, posting a 159' 1".
COLUMBIA -- Day two action of the Taco Bell Classic is underway at Harry Parone Stadium. Check back for updates throughout the day.
Burke High School (Charleston, SC) senior Raven Saunders set the high school national indoor record last month in the girls shot put at the New Balance Nationals Indoor. Saunders did not get too far into her outdoor season before setting the all-time best performance in US high school history for outdoor in the event. At the Taco Bell Classic on Saturday in Columbia, South Carolina, Saunders shattered the old rrecord by nearly two full feet with a incredible mark of 56'8".
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Day one race videos and top performances
Complete race videos from Friday night now posted.
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Meet starts Friday. SCRUNNERS onsite with complete coverage including live race video.
High school level track and field athletes will have the opportunity to compete against top athletes from other state classifications and leagues in post season SCRUNNERS Meet of Champions this summer.
We are thrilled to announce this weekend's Taco Bell Classic at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina will be live streamed on MileSplit! The Taco Bell Classic is annually one of the best high school outdoor track & field invitational meets in the entire Southeast as the meet gathers many of the top athletes from the surrounding states of South Carolina and beyond. Many US top 10 performances and US #1's are often produced regularly year after year at this event.
A look at 2013 Taco Bell Classic as this year's meet nears.
Portion of day one photographs. Lots more to come this weekend.