Columbia – Winning races at state isn’t just about speed. There’s a little more to it.
Goose Creek sprinter Deondre Daniels executed a gameplan to become a 400-meter state champion on Saturday.
“He ran a smart race,” Goose Creek track and field coach Joe Hauff said. “He knew the strengths of the other runners and was able to execute his plan and finish the 400 well. He had to kick a little sooner because of how well the other competitors ran. He worked hard all season and set a goal to be the 400-meter champion and he was able to achieve his goal. “
Daniels finished the race in 48.22, almost a photo finish at the end with the runner-up. A quick start was enough to lead him to gold.
“Since I was in lane two, I had to get out strong,” said Daniels, a junior. “That’s what I did. I kind of died in the last 100 but I was able to get the W.”
Daniels also qualified for state in the 200 meters, finishing eighth, and ran a leg for the 400-meter relay team that placed fourth.
“He is great to be around and is very helpful to our other runners,” Hauff said. “I am excited to have him back for his senior year.”
Caleb Kinlaw, Devontae Goodwin and Montrae Gilliard ran the other three legs in the 400 relay.
Stratford had a pair of runner-ups at state. Senior Brandon Mullins (14-0) was second in the pole vault and freshman Aaliyah Deveaux placed second in the discus (112-02). She was also third in the shot put.
Both earned all-state honors.
“They did everything we expect from athletes here at Stratford,” Stratford coach Brandon Beckman said. “They represented the school, community and their families extremely well… Brandon set a new school record, which is our goal going into the state meet. Aaliyah tied her PR in the discus and earned all-state honors, which is an amazing accomplishment for a freshman.”
Goose Creek’s Destiny McKnight (110 hurdles), Cane Bay’s Rashad Andrews (110 hurdles) and Cane Bay’s Sydney Hickert (pole vault) all had fourth-place finishes.
Local results listed below. Complete results can be found on www.scrunners.com.
200m- 8, Deondre Daniels, Goose Creek, 22.87.
400m -1, Deondre Daniels, Goose Creek, 48.22.
110m Hurdles - 4, Rashad Andrews, Cane Bay, 14.87.
400m Hurdles -8, Aaron Eldridge, Stratford, 58.07.
4x100m Relay - 4, Goose Creek ‘A’ (Caleb Kinlaw 12, Deondre Daniels 11, Montrai Gilliard 12, Devontae Goodwin 12), 42.33.
4x400m Relay - 5, Cane Bay ‘A’ (Devin Dingle 11, Matrell Douglas 12, Romante Frasier 12, Najee Walker 12), 3:27.51. 8, Stratford ‘A’ (Josh Nowlin 12, KJ Givens 11, Javaris Barnwell 11, Niles Dunn 12), 3:28.70.
Pole Vault -2, Brandon Mullins, Stratford, 14-00.
Long Jump - 8, Jonathan X, Cane Bay, 19-03.75, w:NWI.
Triple Jump - 5, Chris Allen, Stratford, 44-06, w:0.9.
Shot Put - 5, Cecil Smith, Stratford, 53-01.
100m- 2, Samuel Denmark, Hanahan, 10.92.
200m- 2, Kahlim Denmark, Hanahan, 21.71. 3, Samuel Denmark, Hanahan, 22.12.
400m- 3, Kahlim Denmark, Hanahan, 49.03.
110m Hurdles - 6, Greg Casselman, Hanahan, 15.49.
400m Hurdles -1, Greg Casselman, Hanahan, 55.93. 4, Andrew Conyers, Hanahan, 58.27.
4x100m Relay - 2, Hanahan ‘A’ (Quan Wade 12, Samuel Denmark 10, Kahlim Denmark 12, Saaehim Brooks 11), 42.29.
4x400m Relay -1, Hanahan ‘A’ (Greg Casselman 11, Samuel Denmark 10, Kahlim Denmark 12, Andrew Conyers 12), 3:20.05.
4x800m Relay - 5, Hanahan ‘A’ (Roy Fischer 11, Mark Ruggiero 12, Damon Bennett 12, Tim Johnson 11), 8:17.13.
High Jump - 8, Andrew Conyers, Hanahan, 6-00.
Pole Vault - 6, Grant Kelley, Hanahan, J13-00.
Triple Jump - 8, Deondre Thompson, Hanahan, 40-08.50, w:-2.1.
Shot Put - 2, Dominique Green, Hanahan, 51-10.
Discus Throw - 3, Quan Wade, Hanahan, 156-01.
100m Hurdles - 4, Destiny McKnight, Goose Creek, 15.15.
4x800m Relay - 8, Cane Bay ‘A’ (Jessica West 12, Jasmine White 11, Brittney Logan 11, Danielle Cruz-Dennis 12), 10:04.42.
Pole Vault - 4, Sydney Hickert, Cane Bay, 11-00.
Shot Put - 3, Aaliyah Deveaux, Stratford, J36-08.
Discus - 2, Aaliyah Deveaux, Stratford, 112-02