CENTRAL, S.C. - Throughout the course of the year, the lions have done nothing but constantly improve. This past weekend, 12 men traveled to Central, South Carolina to compete at their first Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It was junior DaMonte' Ward who led the men's team after becoming the 2019 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Champion in the 800 meter run. He won his heat, but finished second in the preliminary round with a 1:56.67. The next day he earned his spot on the first place podium after clocking a 1:56.60; making this his third career win and first career win in the 800 meter run.
Sophomore Ethan Hargrove won the preliminary round of the 1500 meter run with a new personal record time of 4:09.54 and advanced to the finals with freshman Mugisha Bienvenu; also breaking his PR with a time of 4:14.18. Hargrove came back on day two in the 1500 meter run with another PR with a time of 4:07.65 to finish fourth overall. Despite not scoring in the finals, Bienvenu finished seventh in the 5000 meter run with a 16:05.00. The hurdle duo consisting of sophomore Demetrius Walker and Kameron Collier respectfully finished fifth and sixth in the preliminary round of the 110 meter hurdles with a 15.95 and 16.07. They finished finals coming in fifth and sixth with Collier's 16.03 and Walker's 16.07 in the finals.
The 4x100 meter relay finished fifth overall thanks to sophomore Devin Veasley, senior Michael Guinn, sophomore Demetrius Walker, and sophomore James Blake after clocking a 42.74. In the 4x400 meter relay, the men finished eighth overall with a 3:28.62 thanks to freshman Josiah Campbell, junior DaMonte' Ward, sophomore Devin Veasley, and sophomore James Blake. On the field side, Juan Soto finished second after vaulting a new personal and school record mark of 14'5.25. Overall, the men finished sixth with 36 points.
"This has been a long, yet successful year for our team" says Head Coach Chyna Davis. "We have continued to improve every week and even more so when it counted. All I asked of them this weekend is to go out there and compete and that is exactly what they did. The season may be over for most of the team but I am extremely proud and can't wait to see what the future holds next season."
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