Spartanburg County Captures Relay Titles

Eastside's Anderson led the team to the pole vault relay win.
Eastside's Kalynn Anderson led the team to the pole vault relay win.
The track and field weekend season opened this Saturday with three meets taking place in South Carolina. Seven meet records fell at the GSP Relays, held at Dorman High School. Five records fell on the boy's side and two on the women's side.

Blue Ridge, Boiling Springs, Broome, Byrnes, Dorman, Eastside, J.L. Mann, Mauldin, Southside, Spartanburg participated in this year's event.

Spartanburg boys and girls teams captured the county competition titles. The girls tallied 256 points to Greenville County's 186 points. Spartanburg County boys combined for 312 points to Greenville's 143.

Team scores were also tallied outside of the county relay showdown. On the women's side Spartanburg "Vikings" placed first with 112 points, seven points ahead of Dorman "Cavaliers" and J.L. Mann, the first AAA school to place with 83 points.

Dorman ended the meet with 126 points to take home the team win over Spartanburg (101 points) in the boy's competition. Broome rounded out the top three and Wade Hampton was the first Greenville County School in the placing (fifth).

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Forbis finished the 1500-meter event in 4:46.00, one second faster than his 2003 time.
Boys recap
The whole meet started of with a 1500-meter wheelchair race between Dorman's Doug Forbis and J.L. Mann's Luke Brunson. Forbis finished the 1500-meter event in 4:46.00, one second faster than his 2003 time and Brunson crossed the line in 6:33.00.

A judge's decision in the 4x100-meter relay gave Broome the win over Dorman. Both teams crossed the line in 44.10. Eastside rounded out the top three in 45.10 seconds. The Eagles broke a two year record of 1:32.10, set by Spartanburg in the 4x200 relay. The Eagles crossed the line first in 1:31.40 over Broome and Dorman, respectively.

Dorman's 4x800 and 4x1600 relay teams set two records on the day. Both squads held the previous record, set at the 2003 relays. Dorman crossed the in 18:41.00, breaking the old record of 19:11 by 30 seconds. Ryan Jank ran the last leg of the four mile relay Dorman with a 4:27 mile. Wade Hampton (19:46) and Mauldin (20:29) out the top three. The Cavaliers broke their second record of the day in the 3200 relay. Dorman broke the old record of 8:42.80 by 14 seconds in 8:28.80. Spartanburg (8:55.60) and Wade Hampton (9:02.90) rounded out the top three teams. Dorman continued to set records, as they finished first in the distance medley relay. This time the Cavaliers broke their old record, set in 2003 of 11:11.10 with a 2004 time of 11:07.20. Wade Hampton and Mauldin rounded out the top three, respectively in the DMR.

Spartanburg broke their previous 800-meter sprint medley record of 1:37.20, set in 2003. The Vikings crossed the line in 1:34.40. Broome finished second in 1:35.40, also breaking the record.

Spartanburg took home the win over Dorman in the last event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay. Spartanburg's team crossed the line in 3:37.90. Dorman finished with a time of 3:38.20 and rounding out the top three was Blue Ridge in 3:52.80.

Spartanburg sealed the team win in the high jump with a combined height of 17-10 while Mann took home the individual win, after clearing the bar height of 6-06. Broome and Dorman, finished second and third, respectively to round out the top three in the event. Even though Mauldin (48-11.00) sealed the win, as an individual, in the shot put event the strength of Spartanburg (128-11.50), Dorman (116-09.00) and Broome (108-00.50) rounded out the top three in the relay scoring. Spartanburg sealed the number two and three spots in the shot put individual placing.

Girls recap
Dorman and Spartanburg dominated the 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay event for their county. Spartanburg broke the meet record of 1:14, set by the Vikings in 2002 and Dorman tied the record. Spartanburg now holds the new record of 1:12.30.

J.L. Mann ousted 4A schools Dorman and Spartanburg of the win in the 4x100 relay in 49 seconds, a new meet record, previously held by Blue Ridge and Mann. Blue Ridge had the previous record of 50.1 seconds since 2002 and Mann matched the record in 2003. Blue Ridge sealed the 1600 sprint medley win in 4:37.30, 1.3 seconds off the record, set in 2002 by Greer. Mann and Spartanburg rounded out the top three, respectively.

Eastside girls 4x400 relay team of Katie Eckel, Cat Hall, Yolanda Handy and Chidi Walsh finished five seconds ahead of Byrnes (4A) in 4:25.50. Spartanburg rounded out the top three in the event. The Eastside trio of pole vaulters; Kalynn Anderson (1st), Kelly Swope (2nd) and Melissa Vass (5th) took home that relay title, averaging eight feet with a combined height of 24 feet. Anderson and Swope cleared 8-06 while Vass cleared 7-00.00. Blue Ridge and Spartanburg finished second and third, respectively in the vault relay.

The girls 3200 meter relay event placing came down to the last leg when Dorman's Stephanie Buffo and Spartanburg's Santresa Jamison battled for last two laps. The two competitive rivals went through lap one in 85 seconds and ran a 73 second last lap. Jamison crossed the line slighty in front of Buffo to give the Vikings the win in 10:45.40 to Dorman's team time of 10:45.90. Prior to the 3200 relay Dorman finished one minute ahead of Spartanburg in the 4x1600 relay. The Cavaliers ran a combined time of 23:28.00 and Spartanburg crossed the line in 24:28.00. Buffo ran the final leg in the four mile relay for Dorman in 5:23.

Dorman took home the high jump relay title over Blue Ridge (Greenville County) with a four inch margin between both teams, 13'6" to 13'2." Even though Mann took the top two individual spots in the long jump Dorman captured the relay title. Dorman had a combined length of 40-05 while the Patriots finished with a 39-08 distance.

Next up in South Carolina weekend action is the Diamond Hornet Invitational and Wildcat Relays on March 13. Several South Carolina athletes are also making a trip up to Landover, MD for the Nike Indoor Championships. Currently Dorman's Stephanie Buffo, Dorman's Ryan Jank, Hilton Head's Marshall Meyers and Spring Valley's Kate Niehaus have entered in the NIC.

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