Track competes in SAC-8 championships

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots senior Brenton Thomas took fourth place in the long jump and triple jump on Saturday during the first Sandhills Athletic Conference meet held at UNC Pembroke.
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots sophomore Ziaya Edwards finished seventh in the 100 meter dash on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet at UNC Pembroke. Edwards finished with a time of 13.31 seconds.
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots sophomore Kendrell Sellers took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet 3 inches on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet.
Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots junior Kayla Kirkley took fifth place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.75 seconds.

PEMBROKE — The Scotland High School track teams traveled just up I-74 to Pembroke on Friday to compete in the first Sandhills Athletic Conference championship meet.

The Fighting Scots and Lady Scots didn’t have their best showing as neither team came away with a first-place finish. Richmond won the boy’s side of the meet with six first-place finishes while Pinecrest won the girl’s meet with seven first-place finishes. Hoke also had seven first-place finishes, but the Lady Patriots took the meet as they tallied 10 second place finishes as well.

LADY SCOTS

The best finishes for the Lady Scots came from freshman Madison Williams in the 1600 meter run, senior Daizha McMillon in the discus, junior Kayla Kirkley in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles and senior Tykeria McNair in the shot put.

Williams finished third in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:49, just seven seconds behind the second-place time of 5:42 posted by Pinecrest’s Emily Ettrich. The 800-meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter were all won by Pinecrest freshman Carmen Alder.

McMillon placed third in the discus finals with a throw of 83-feet 4 inches. She also competed in the shot put, where she finished 17th with a throw of 23-feet 3 inches.

In the field events, Kirkley placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 15 feet 6.5 inches to beat out teammate Jazmine Williams by half an inch. Williams took sixth with a jump of 15 feet 6.5 inches.

Kirkley also finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.75 seconds.

The Lady Scots final fifth place finish came from McNair in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet 4 inches.

In the three relay events, the Lady Scots did not compete in the 4×800 meter, the team took fifth place in each. In the 4×100 meter relay the Lady Scots posted a time of 51.89 seconds. Richmond won the 4×100 with a time of 50.03 seconds.

In the 4×200, the Lady Scots posted a fifth-place time of 1:58 and in the 4×400 the Lady Scots clocked in at 5:27.

The Lady Scots also competed in the following events:

100 meter dash — Ziaya Edwards, 7th, 13.31 seconds; Sanya Lacue, 10th, 13.39; Misty Clarke,16th, 13.55; Denisha Hill, 27th, 14.57; 200 meter dash — Nahir Pegues, 17th, 28.74; Shanice Thompson, 22nd, 30.22; Nautika Moore, 23rd, 30.64; Brandi Ratliffe, 24th, 31.04; 400 meter dash — Lacue, 18th, 1:12; Tykeria McNair, 21st, 1:29; 800 meter run — Kendriana Frazier, 14th, 3:23.05; Madylin McMillan, 15th, 3:23.06; 300 meter hurdles — Lacue, 14th, 1:01; Miya Harrington, 15th, 1:07; triple jump — Jazmine Williams, 9th, 29-06; discus — Sydney Smith, 14th, 58-04; shot put — Tyanna Simmons, 12th, 24-10; Justice McCrimmon, 13th, 24-09.

FIGHTING SCOTS

The Fighting Scots top finishes came in the 400 meter dash, 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, long jump, triple jump, discus and shot put.

Senior Roy Pegues paced the Scots with a second place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.70 seconds hundreds of a second off the winning time posted by Hoke County’s Jaelon Miller of 51.44 seconds.

In the 110 meter hurdles freshman Chris Brown finished in fourth place with a time of 19.21 seconds. In the 300 meter hurdles the Scots top finisher was sophomore Deandre McKinnon in fifth place with a time of 44.83 seconds. McKinnon took sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 19.97 seconds.

The Fighting Scots 4×100 meter relay could not regain their crown as they finished third with a time of 43.19 seconds. Richmond won the event with a time of 41.68 seconds followed by Jack Britt in second with a time of 42.77 seconds.

Scotland senior Brenton Thomas took fourth in both the long and triple jump. Thomas posted a jump of 20 feet 8.5 inches in the long jump while Hoke’s Marquize Woodson won the event with a jump of 21 feet 5 inches. Thomas posted a jump of 42 feet 10 inches in the triple jump while Jack Britt’s William Prince won the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet 3 inches.

Sophomore Kendrell Sellers led the Fighting Scots in the shot put with a fourth place finish. Sellers threw 42 feet 3 inches to pace his teammates. Senior TJ Smith took fifth with a throw of 42 feet 1 inch while fellow sophomore Mohomed Kaba finished in sixth with a throw of 41 feet 11 inches.

In the discus, it was senior Tyler Smith that led the way finishing in sixth place with a throw of 123 feet. Jack Britt’s Vincent Gunter won the discus event with a throw of 129 feet 2 inches.

The Fighting Scots also competed in the following events:

100 meter dash — Tyshawn Thomas, 8th, 11.55 seconds; Darius Dockery, 12th, 11.6; Jumarius McLean, 14th, 11.71; Joseph McKoy, 23rd, 11.94; 200 meter dash — Trey Dixon, 6th, 22.92; Tyrell Thomas, 10th, 23.2; Laron Quick, 12th, 23.29; T. Thomas, 14th, 23.83; 400 meter run — Manny Smith, 11th, 54.58; Zymere Reddick, 20th, 58.49; Jarrod Miller, 25th, 1:01; 800 meter run — Andrew Guinn, 17th, 2:18; Tristin Lowery, 23rd, 2:35; 1600 meter — Tony Strickland, 7th, 4:53; Tristin Lowery, 18th, 5:40; 3200 meter — Strickland, 7th, 10:51; 300-meter hurdles — Dai’Nas Gibson, 8th, 47.15; D’Angelo Crumel, 12th, 48.30; Chris Brown, 16th, 50.31; high jump — Reddick, 10th, 5-04; Kris McLean, 11th, 5-04; long jump — Deandre McKinnon, 15th, 17-10; K. McLean, 19th, 16-9.5; triple jump — J. McLean, 9th, 39-06; Brown, 11th, 37-5.5; discus — Mohomed Kaba, 15th, 87-08; Anthony Butler, 17th, 86-11; Blake Brigman, 19th, 76-10; shot put — Tyler Smith, 9th, 39-04.

The track teams will be back in action on Saturday, May 12 to compete in the NCHSAA 4A Midwest Regional hosted by Pinecrest High School. Field events begin at 10 a.m., semi-finals for the running events begin at 11 a.m. with the top eight times advancing to the finals. Running finals begin at 12:30 p.m.

In order to qualify for regionals, competitors has to meet qualifying standards for their designated events. Scotland will be competing against Pinecrest and Richmond from the SAC-8 along with East Forsyth, Page, Ragsdale, Pine Forest, Butler, Independence, Glenn and several other schools.

Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]

Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots senior Brenton Thomas took fourth place in the long jump and triple jump on Saturday during the first Sandhills Athletic Conference meet held at UNC Pembroke.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1682.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots senior Brenton Thomas took fourth place in the long jump and triple jump on Saturday during the first Sandhills Athletic Conference meet held at UNC Pembroke.

Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots sophomore Ziaya Edwards finished seventh in the 100 meter dash on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet at UNC Pembroke. Edwards finished with a time of 13.31 seconds.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1723.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots sophomore Ziaya Edwards finished seventh in the 100 meter dash on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet at UNC Pembroke. Edwards finished with a time of 13.31 seconds.

Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots sophomore Kendrell Sellers took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet 3 inches on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1669.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Fighting Scots sophomore Kendrell Sellers took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet 3 inches on Saturday during the SAC-8 championship meet.

Amber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots junior Kayla Kirkley took fifth place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.75 seconds.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_1702.jpgAmber Hatten-Staley | Laurinburg Exchange Lady Scots junior Kayla Kirkley took fifth place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.75 seconds.
Head to regionals on May 12 in Southern Pines

By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor