Landrum Cardinals and Polk Wolverines hit track side-by-side

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Polk’s Cary Littlejohn competes in the 100-meter run. Littlejohn led Polk to a second-place finish with second place in the 100-meter and two first-place finishes in the long jump and the 200-meter run. (photo by Joey Millwood)

On Tuesday, March 27 the Landrum and Polk track and field teams found themselves in the rare position of being on the same field.
The Cardinals and Wolverines were in a nine-team battle at Landrum High School.
Despite just one victory, the Cardinals finished the night with 149 points to win the meet. Polk County finished second with 100 points. Broome scored 99 points to finish third. Greer was fourth with 88.5 points. They were followed in order by Greer Middle College (45), Christ Church (43), Blacksburg (29), St. Joseph’s (8) and Spartanburg Christian Academy (5).
How did they do it with just one first place finish?
“We have a large number of good athletes,” Mahaffey said. “We have quality depth.”


Landrum’s Sam Parsons competes in the triple jump on Tuesday, March 27. The Cardinals won the meet with 149 points. (photo by Joey Millwood)

That showed despite the Cardinals not having their best night across the board. As for the season, the Cardinals have only touched on what they’re capable of, Mahaffey said.
“We have yet to meet our potential in a meet,” he said. “We’re going to have to work harder to meet that potential.”
Landrum’s lone winner was Peyton McCarter in the pole vault. McCarter has found success this season in the pole vault and he attributes that to a lack of nerves.
“I’m not scared to go high,” he said. “Whatever happens happens. It feels good to beat some bigger schools.”
For Polk County, it was the first time that the boys’ track team has hit the field this spring. The Wolverines have had three cancellations.
“We got rid of some frustration tonight,” Polk coach Alan Peoples said.

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Landrum’s Sam Parsons competes in the triple jump on Tuesday, March 27. The Cardinals won the meet with 149 points. (photo by Joey Millwood)

Despite having not had a meet in a month, Polk star Cary Littlejohn didn’t miss a beat. The senior won the long jump and the 200-meter, while finishing second in the 100-meter. Despite those victories, he wasn’t happy with his times posted. While he is ready to push himself harder and further, Littlejohn has a clear mindset on his agenda this season.
“I want to go to state, place and help my team,” he said.
On the girls’ side, Broome won the meet with a score of 162.5. The Lady Cardinals finished second with 117 points. They were followed by Christ Church (90), Greer Middle College (68), Greer (56), Polk County (50), St. Joseph’s (47), Blacksburg (35) and Spartanburg Christian Academy (33.5).
Landrum’s winners included Carla Bruce in the 400 hurdles and Alison Jouan in the pole vault.