FORT MILL — The Fort Mill track program opened the 2013 season with back-to-back wins at home against rivals Nation Ford and Rock Hill foe South Pointe.
In its rivalry match-up, the Fort Mill girls beat Nation Ford 127-13 and the boys won in a closer match-up 71-68.
Fort Mill won 23 of the 34 events against Nation Ford. The Jackets won the girls 4x400 meter relay, while Nation Ford won the boys’ event. However, Fort Mill won the boys’ and girls’ 4x800 meter relay and the 4x100 meter relay events.
The Jackets’ Ryan Tankersley won the discus throw with a toss of 127’9” and Fort Mill’s Genevieve Young won the girls’ event with a toss of 70’6”. Tankersley also won the shot put competition with a throw of 44’6”. Fort Mill’s Alisha Jackson won the girls’ shot put with a toss of 25’8”.
Fort Mill won both the boys’ and girls; 1,600 meter runs as Christian Ruppe won for the boys’ in 4:47.63 and Emily Lyons won in 6:12. Ruppe also won the 3,200-meter event in 10:32.09 and the Lady Falcons’ Polly Goss won the 3,200-meters in 13:14.14.
Nation Ford’s Dijuan Ussery won the 100-meters in 10.71, edging Fort Mill’s Josh Lafoe by 0.05 of a second. The Lady Jackets’ Lisa Ellis won the girls’ event in 12.90 and the 200-meter event in 26.91. Ussery also took the 200-meters over Lafoe, by a slightly larger margin, but still within one second of each other at 22.06.
The Falcons’ Kevin Watson won the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles for Nation Ford. Fort Mill’s Monique Page won the girl’s 400-meter hurdles and Mary Watson won the 100-meter hurdles.
Nation Ford’s AK McCoy won the triple jump with a mark of 40’6” and the long jump with a leap of 19’--1”. Vilma Ohrman won the triple jump for the Lady Jackets with a mark of 32’-5” and won the long jump leaping 14’-6.25”.
Fort Mill’s Tee Muhammad won the boys’ high jump at 5’-4” and Ohrman won the girls’ high jump at 5’-0”.
Nation Ford’s Ryan Scott won the 400-meter run in 53.40 and Kiera Andrews won the girl’s race for Nation Ford in 1:07.37.
The Falcons’ Will Manning won the boy’s 800-meters in 2:15.34, while Lyons won the girls’ 800-meters for Fort Mill in 2:42.75.
Fort Mill took both pole vaulting events with Deaton Grant winning the boy’s event in 9’-0 and Ashley Tall winning the girls’ event in 7’-5”.
Later in the week, Fort Mill took care of business against South Pointe as the girls’ won 83-58 and the boys’ won 82-59.
Winning for Fort Mill was Chandler Kryst (triple jump), Lucas Stalnaker (1,600 and 3,200), Maggie Boyd (100 hurdles and high jump), Matthew Case (800) Tankersley (discus and shot put), Lafoe (100 and 200), Page (400 hurdles), Ellis (200), Ohrman (triple jump, long jump and 400), Lyons (800), Grant (pole vault) and Tall (pole vault).
Fort Mill now hits the road for some time and won’t be back home until April 10 against Clover according to their schedule.