By Thomas Grant Jr.

Harry Parone Stadium was a fitting setting for the South Carolina High School League track and field championships this past weekend.

The Spring Valley High School facility saw the home team and two fellow Northeast schools sweep the boys and girls team championships in Classes 4A and 5A.

The Vikings’ boys claimed their third consecutive Class 5A title, while Blythewood took first-place honors in the girls’ division.

It was a clean sweep the following day as both Ridge View teams won in Class 4A. The Blazers were led by All-State wide receiver Jordon Gidron who claimed four gold medals, two individual and two as part of relay teams.

Both Westwood teams placed third and fourth, respectively, in the girls and boys’ divisions.




Class 5A

200 meters – Devan Crumpton (Spring Valley -3rd)

400 meters – Devan Crumpton (Spring Valley – 1st)

800 meters – Brandon Corley (River Bluff – 3rd)

3200 meters – William Cronin (Lexington – 2nd) and Brendan Hitchcock (Spring Valley – 3rd)

110-meter hurdles – Amir Joe (Spring Valley – 1st)

400-meter hurdles – Jakori Herring (Spring Valley – 2nd)

4×400 meter relay – Spring Valley (1st)

4×800 meter relay – Spring Valley (1st)

High Jump – Jameer Williams (Spring Valley – 1st) and Caleb Cooper (Spring Valley – 2nd)

Triple Jump – Lincoln Ilunga (White Knoll – 3rd)

Pole Vault – Joey Swick (Spring Valley – 2nd)

Class 4A

100 meters – Jordan Gidron (Ridge View – 1st) and Kristian Jackson (Ridge View – 3rd)

200 meters – Jordan Gidron (Ridge View – 1st)

400 meters – Mike Balkman (Westwood – 1st) and Mounir Spann (Ridge View – 3rd)

800 meters – Michael N’twa (Ridge View – 3rd)

110-meter hurdles – Jaciyah Johnson (Ridge View – 2nd)

400-meter hurdles – Ethan Perry (Richland Northeast – 1st)

4×100 meter relay – Ridge View (1st)

4×400 meter relay – Westwood (1st) and Ridge View (3rd)

High Jump – Tavaris Bell (Westwood – 1st) and Zion Brown (Westwood – 2nd)


Class 5A

100 meters – Olivia Taylor (Blythewood – 3rd)

400 meters – Peyton Hightower (Blythewood – 1st) and Olivia Taylor (Blythewood – 2nd)

100-meter hurdles – Aminah Rhone (Blythewood – 1st)

400-meter hurdles – Evelyn Patrick (Chapin – 3rd)

4×400 meter relay – Blythewood (1st)

4×800 meter relay – Lexington (2nd) and Blythewood (3rd)

Long Jump – Maliya Kinard (Dutch Fork – 1st) and Ciara Williams (Lexington – 3rd)

Triple Jump – Dara Bolt (Blythewood – 2nd)

Pole Vault – Rileigh Hoffman (River Bluff – 2nd)

Discus Throw – Leilani Thomas (Spring Valley – 2nd)

Class 4A

100 meters – Destiny Horn (Ridge View – 1st)

200 meters – Ayrianna Moore (Westwood – 2nd) and Jayalove Greaves (Ridge View – 3rd)

400 meters – Ayrianna Moore (Westwood – 1st) and Dania Staley (Ridge View – 2nd)

1600 meters – Emma Ashley (Westwood – 2nd)

4×100 meter relay – Westwood (2nd)

4×400 meter relay – Ridge View (1st)

4×800 meter relay – Westwood (3rd)

Long Jump – Nala Tobin (Ridge View – 1st) and Alahna Valentine (Ridge View – 2nd)