Landrum Cardinals’ men’s track finishes fourth at state

Published 3:57 pm Thursday, May 17, 2012

Landrum’s Cole McDowell competes in the triple jump at the 1A South Carolina High School League State Championship meet. McDowell finished fifth. (photo by Joey Millwood)

A year after everything fell right and the Landrum boys’ track team won the state championship, the Cardinals walked away a little disappointed on Saturday, May 12.
The Cardinals unsuccessfully defended their state championship at the South Carolina High School League 1A State Championship at Spring Valley High School.
Whale Branch won the event with 79 points. The Cardinals finished fourth with 40.5.
While the Cardinals fell short in some events they thought they’d be stronger in, there’s one Cardinal who left it all on the field.
Landrum’s Peyton McCarter found himself in a pole vault war. The junior pole vaulter hit a personal record May 12, but fell short on a tie break. He vaulted a 12-06, but finished second because of one scratch.
“I felt like I had a good day,” McCarter said. “I’m just going to work harder for next season.”
Landrum’s Chasten Thomas, meanwhile, finished fifth in discus and Cole McDowell finished fifth in the triple jump.
“It wasn’t as good of a day as it could’ve been,” said Head Coach Russell Mahaffey. “I’m real proud of my athletes.”

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