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South's Branch sets school 400-meter run mark
Track and Field

GUYTON -- The boys and girls track teams of South Effingham and Effingham County stayed busy last weekend.

South hosted the South Effingham Invitational on Friday and Mustang Amari Branch set a school record with a time of 51.42 in the 400-meter run.

Branch's mark topped the previous record of 51.87 set by Sam Williams in 2018.

But many of Branch's teammates didn't see his record run. Some went to Columbia, S.C., for the ultra-competitive All-American Track Classic on Friday and Saturday.

MaxPreps posted results from 170 schools, representing 10 different states at the South Carolina meet.

Mustangs star Cameron Edwards had the team’s best showing with a ninth-place finish in the high jump at 6-0.

SEHS athletes producing their season bests were: Riley Browne (100), Kymberlea Coppin (100), Madison Mills (200), Madison Hodge (400), Cheyenne Ryan (800), Magdeline Morgan (800, 1 mile), Summer Cole (400 hurdles), Victavious Smith (100, 200), Amari Branch (800) and Cailan Howard (1 mile).

Here are top-three individual results for the Effingham County and South Effingham boys and girls at Friday’s South Effingham Invitational:

For South’s girls – Mia Fitzpatrick (800, 2:42.26, 3rd), Aubrey Edge (pole, 9-0, 1st), Allie Grassi (pole, 7-6, 2nd), 4 X 800 relay (10:56.66, third), 4 X 100 (52.40, third) and 4 X 400 (4:22.32, second).

For South’s boys – Chase Garrett (pole, 9-6, 1st), Jared Wong (pole, 9-6, 2nd), Isaiah Campbell (800, 2:09.50, 2nd) and 4 X 800 (8:57.90, 3rd).

For the ECHS girls – Enna Lackey (100 hurdles, 16.42, 1st; 300 hurdles, 51.37, 2nd), Abby McDonald (100, 12.98, 3rd; discus, 84-3, 3rd; shot, 36-10, 1st), Brooke Maseda (1600, 5:49.21, 3rd), Roneisha Goss (200, 26.14, 1st; high jump, 5-2, 2nd), Kalyce Watson (long jump, 15-5.5, 2nd; triple jump, 31-1.5, 3rd), Michaela Sampson (shot, 31-5, 3rd) and 4 X 200 relay (1:55.34, 3rd).

The ECHS boys did not have a top-three performance.