Landrum boys win state championship

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shelby Morris set a personal best and a Landrum girl’s record with her pole vault of 9:00 and won a silver medal at the S.C. state track championship. The winning vault was also at the same height but the winner had one fewer fault than Shelby. (photo by Lorin Browning)

Girls place seventh
Landrum boys track coach Russell Mahaffey was confident this team was the best team he’d ever coached at Landrum. He knew the Cardinals would be in the thick of things to win a state championship over the weekend, and they didn’t let him down.
The Cardinals did enough to bring home the state championship for Mahaffey on Saturday, scoring 65.5 points to outduel Lamar’s 55 points.

Peyton McCarter competes in the pole vault at the state track meet. The Cardinals boys team took the championship. (photo by Lorin Browning)

Kenneth Human led the way for the Cardinals. The senior was directly involved in 24 points. Human, Levi Wedde, Danny Bruce and Chris Downey finished first in the 4×800. Human finished third in the 1600 and second in the 3200.
Cole McDowell won a state championship in the triple jump. Wedde scored 18 points for the Cardinals. Sophomore Peyton McCarter finished third in the pole vault. Downey scored 14 points.
“The entire team stood out this weekend,” Mahaffey said. “We had some adversity at (the region meet) and I am so proud of our team for stepping it up and winning a state championship.”
The girls’ track team finished seventh at the state meet with 28.5 points. Shelby Morris finished second in the pole vault and Ciera Belue finished fourth. Samantha Waters, Elizabeth Walter, Paige Herbst and Sarah Cash placed third in the 4×800. Cash also finished second in the 400-meter dash.

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