- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Spartanburg High sprinter Tavien Feaster put on another speed show at the South Carolina track and field championships, sweeping the 100 and 200 meter dashes for a second straight year.

Feaster started the meet by winning the 100 in a time of 10.42 seconds, announced as the second fastest time in the country this year. It was just a step behind the 2008 state record of 10.35 put up by Dorman’s Marcus Rowland.

Feaster got his name in the record book the next time he lined up, blazing ahead of the field to win the 200 in 21.11 seconds and surpass the previous mark of 21.16 set by Whale Branch’s Andrew Watson in 2012.

Feaster’s next race? Sprinting from college football coaches trying to sway the junior from his Clemson commitment. But the running back, considered a five-star prospect, said that’s something else he’ll win easily since he’s happy with his pledge and can’t wait to join the Tigers.

“From day one, ever since I got my first offer which was from Clemson, they’ve been on me so hard,” Feaster said.

That was true again Saturday as Feaster said Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott stopped by to wish him good luck.

Hopefully, Scott stuck around to see Feaster’s devastating speed.

He came off the starting line quickly and was never pushed on the way to winning the 100 to get his day going. Feaster defended his title over Darrell Singleton of West Ashley, who was second in 10.61 but came in as the meet’s fastest qualifier.

Spartanburg track coach Glover Smiley said Feaster’s time in the 100 matched that of former Spartanburg, Auburn and NFL standout runner Stephen Davis, who famously took the 1991 100 meter title in a high-school field that included an ex-world record holder in the 100, Tim Montgomery,

Feaster saved the big show for the 200 where he started in lane six - he said he’s still shaking his head about that - as the race’s fourth fastest qualifier. He was a length or two ahead of his rivals coming off the curve and glided home in record time.

State records can only be set in the state championship meet.

“With all those guys in good lanes, I was the rabbit today so I obviously had to push myself through those last 100 meters,” Feaster said. “When I got on the curve, I honestly didn’t feel anybody (pushing) so I just took it home.”

Feaster had college programs throughout the country chasing him. He was offered scholarships by Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Notre Dame, among others. He said he felt a bond with Clemson from the start, which is why he made his pledge this past February while other prospects were still sifting through dozens of offers and lining up school visits.

Clemson “coaches just come out and support me on anything and everything I do,” he said.

Feastser looks well equipped to keep up the Clemson legacy of speedy skill players like New Orleans Saints runner C.J. Spiller and Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, both who were high school track champions in their home state of Florida.

Feaster has one more year of high school to go, though, before thinking of college. He says he’s coming back next spring with a goal of grabbing that 100 meter state record before turning his full focus to the football field.

“I’m looking very hard and I’m coming back my senior year with a vengeance,” he said.

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