The heathwood Hall boys track team had its best showing in 8 years at the SCISA state championships on Saturday. The team finished in 4th place among the 12 schools in the AAA classification. Senior Lane Clarkson ended his stellar career in the pole vault by placing in 1st place with a jump of 14 feet. The performance broke the SCISA state championship record of 13’2.5” set by fellow Highlander Mac Whalen in 2010. Clarkson finished his Highlander career with three state pole vault titles, four region titles, the school record, and the state record.
Freshman Hugh Willcox also had a spectacular day with a first place finish in the 800 meter run, a 2nd place finish in the 1600 meter run, and strong legs on the 4 x 800 meter relay (which finished in 2nd place) and the 4 x 400 meter relay (which finished in 3rd place). Hugh’s time of 4:38.55 in the 1600 smashed the school record and now ranks 4th in the state among 9th grade boys. Robert Golden, another rising freshman star, also helped lead the Highlander charge with a 3rd place finish in the 1600 meter run and another 3rd place performance in the 800 meter run.
Neb Sneath, a sophomore, got things started for the boys’ team in the morning with a gutsy 3200 meter race and finished in 2nd place. Sneath’s time of 10:25.61 is the 2nd fastest in school history and just six tenths of a second off the school record! Additional Highlander Highlights include Myles Roberts 6th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles, Azhane Salaam’s 6th place finish in the 400 meter run, and the 4 x 800 meter relay (Ben Feldman, JD Gardner, Elijah Rhooms, and Myles Roberts) finishing in 2nd place and the 4 x 400 meter relay (Myles Roberts, Azhane Salaam, Elijah Rhooms, and Hugh Willcox) finishing in 3rd place in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The state championship capped off what has been a very good season for a young Heathwood Hall track & field team.