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Dorman’s Rowland looks for bigger things

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Now that Dorman sprint star Marcus Rowland has helped his school to it first state championship, he’s got bigger goals in his sights.

Rowland, a junior, took titles in the Class 4A 100- and 200-meter races and helped the Cavaliers to a 1,600-meter relay crown to cap Saturday’s meet and cement their South Carolina High School League championship team.

Now, Rowland’s ready to take on one of the most mythical marks in the state prep ranks. “I want to break Stephen Davis’ record in the 100,” Rowland said, smiling.

That would be something to talk about.

Rowland won the 100 with a time of 10.77 seconds, nearly four-tenths of a second off Davis’ 1991 time of 10.40. That’s back when the NFL runner was a prep star at Spartanburg High and won the 100-meter title three times at this meet before moving on to Auburn football and the NFL.

In Davis’ final high-school meet, a year after setting the record, he blazed to an apparent record-breaking time of 10.20. But the wind was deemed too strong.

The mythology that’s grown up around Davis’ high-school career is immense. In one of his 100-meter titles, depending on who you talk to, some observers swear Davis was so far out in front, he turned around to taunt his competitors before crossing the line.

So does Rowland know what he’s in for?

“Definitely higher standards now,” Rowland said, championship medals around his neck. “Break that, go for the record in the 200.”

By the way, the 200-meter high school record is also held by a football player, former Clemson wideout Airese Curry, who ran for Richland Northeast in 2001 in a time of 21.17 seconds.

Rowland came closer to Curry than he did Davis, winning the 200 in 21.34 seconds.

Dorman and Rowland weren’t the only top performers at the state championship meet.

J.L. Mann High distance runner Kate Borowicz added a 1,600-meter title to the 3,200 relay crown she helped her school win last night. J.L. Mann overpowered its Class 3A competition with 165 points _ well ahead of runner-up Daniel’s 91½ points.

J.L. Mann won seven of the meet’s 11 running events _ including all three relays.

By the time the Patriots crossed the line in front in the closing 1,600-meter relay, the rest of the squad was starting to celebrate.

“I don’t know if we thought we’d get this many points,” said Borowicz, a 10th-grader.

The closest finish came in the girls’ Class 4A meet in which Spartanburg, behind sprinter Arnetra Frazier, defeated Summerville 83-81.

The outcome was in doubt until the meet’s final stretch when Summerville’s Aisha Maree-Frazier nearly pulled off a stunning comeback that would’ve given the Green Wave a share of the title.

Frazier took the baton for the anchor leg in fifth and quickly moved up to second place. However, she could not overcome Spring Valley’s Shalyn McMichael.

Summerville’s Maree-Frazier had earlier won the 800. On Friday night, she was part of the Green Wave’s record-setting effort in the 3,200-meter relay.

Arnetra Frazier of Spartanburg mirrored Rowland’s accomplishments _ winning the 100- and 200-meter races in Class 4A girls. Spartanburg’s Frazier also was part of a state championship team in the 400-meter relay.