Nation Ford’s Mia Royall celebrates after winning the 800-meter 5A state championship race Saturday in Columbia.

COLUMBIA – Two local individuals and one relay team brought home state titles from the 5A state track meet Saturday.

Fort Mill’s Alivia Cleveland set a new state record in the 1,600-meter in winning in 4:54 and Nation Ford’s Mia Royall, to her own surprise, won the 800-meter in 2:12.

“I was very surprised I won,” Royall said. “When I was coming down the shoot, all the footsteps behind me were disappearing. I felt like I ran all out. Before the race, I was just trying to calm myself down.”

As a team, Nation Ford had two top 10 finishes with the girl’s team finishing fourth with 48 points and the boy’s team finishing sixth with 33 points. Spring Valley boys won the 5A title on their home track at Spring Valley High School, and Blythewood won the 5A girl’s title.  Fort Mill finished 11th for the boy’s team and the girl’s team finished ninth.

Nation Ford girls participated in seven events and scored in the top five in all of them led by Royall and the 4×400 relay team made up of Alyse Davis, Sierra Smith, Olicia Lucas and Aubrey Barney, which won the state title in the event in 3:51.

Smith also finished second in the 200-meter and fifth in the 100-meter. Royall finished third in the 1,600-meter as well.

The highest finisher for the Nation Ford boys was Mason Haynes, who came in second in the 3,200-meters in 9:19.

Other Nation Ford finishers for the boys were:

Xavier Dixon – 200-meter, third; 400-meter, fourth

Alex McCaskill – 800-meter, sixth

Alan Dayrit – 1,600-meter, third

Alexander Bentley – 1,600-meter, 10th

Townsend Smith – 3,200-meter, ninth

Connor Hill – 110-meter hurdles, 16th

Neale Johnson – 400-meter hurdles, sixth; long jump, 11th

Lucas Barz – javelin, seventh

Clayton Rygol – javelin, 10th

For Fort Mill, Cleveland said she didn’t realize she was setting the pace she was during the mile event.

“I was just trying to win,” she said. “My goal was to break five minutes, but not get the time I got. I knew I was going fast.”

The highest boy’s finisher was Isaac Campbell in the 1,600-meter in third in 9:26. Fort Mill also had their 4×400 and 4×800 relay team finish third.

Other Fort Mill finishers were:

Danielle Williams – 400-meter, 10th

Kaylee Rovenstine – 1,600-meter, seventh; 3,200-meter, ninth

Marisa Jones – high jump, third

Mia Williams – long jump, ninth; triple jump, sixth

Sienna Lydon – javelin, third

Kate Marker – javelin, 13th

Willa Clark – shot put, sixth

Elijah Grant – 400-meter, fifth

Lance Kimani – 400-meter, sixth

Elijah Jarrett – 400-meter, 16th

Liam Eident – 1,600-meter, eighth

Evan Ickert – 3,200-meter, 10th

Evan Way – 3,200-meter, 14th

Kaleb Dennis – 400-meter, ninth

In the 4A meet held at Lower Richland High School on Friday, May 19, Catawba Ridge girls finished tied for 16th with 18 points. The Catawba Ridge boys finished 18th with 13 points.

Individual finishers for Catawba Ridge were:

Gabriela Brailsford – 100-meter, 13th; 200-meter, 15th

Riley Shope – 3,200-meter, sixth

Tatum Postel – long jump, 13th

Jolie Nguyen – pole vault, third

Sydney Pierce – pole vault, sixth

Olivia Dubrow – shot put, third

Brandon Raysor – 400-meter, 13th

Zach Bannister – 800-meter, eighth

Max Conetta – 800-meter, 15th

Scott Keen – 1,600-meter, ninth

Ean Brown – high jump, 11th

Jackson Rozelle – pole vault, 13th

Zachary Webster – discus, sixth

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Alivia Cleveland leads the field in the 1,600-meter during the 5A state championship meet at Spring Valley High School.