Bartow sends large number of track and field athletes to state
by David Royal
Apr 29, 2014 | 983 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County track and field teams will be well represented at state based on their performances at sectionals held around the state Saturday.

Nine athletes at Cartersville, six at Woodland and two at Adairsville qualified to compete at state, based on the reports of coaches who had provided their results Saturday night.

The girls track teams will compete next Thursday through Saturday at Albany. The boys will compete the following Thursday through Saturday at Jefferson.

Cartersville qualifiers

Rusty Grimmett, Cartersville coach, said Bree Cole qualified in the 800 and 1600 meter runs; Blake Perry in the triple jump and 100 hurdle; Anna Hightower in the pole vault; and Elyse Hoganson in the 3200 meter run.

Cartersville boys who qualified include Caeleb Jenkins in the 1600; Chris Cochran in the pole vault; Trevor Carlton in the discus; Noah Harper in the 800; and Marquez Walker in the 300 hurdle.

Grimmett said the large number of athletes who qualified says something about the Cartersville program.

“We’ve been trying to build the program,” Grimmett said, “and we feel we are headed in the right direction.

“Our athletes put a lot of work into this and they understand their performance at state depends on them continuing to work hard to continue what they’ve started.”

Woodland results

Three girls and three boys from Woodland High qualified in their sectionals.

David Holloway, Woodland track coach, said the three girls competing at state will be Samantha Patterson, Katie Camron and Idriah Thompson.

The boys who qualified for state are Brice Marrauder, Tyler Heath and DeMek Lewis.

Woodland’s Patterson qualified by placing first in pole vaulting with an 11-foot jump.

“Samantha is a senior who has signed with Jacksonville State University, where she will be competing next year,” the coach said.

Camron qualified in both the 1600 and 3200 events, becoming the first athlete in Woodland’s history to qualify for state in both events.

He said Camron placed sixth in the 1600 with a time of 5:22, which broke the Woodland school record in the event, and sixth in the 3200 with a time of 11:53.

Idriah Thompson qualified for state in the 100 meter with a time of 12:54, the eighth fastest time turned in and the fourth time in a row she has qualified in that event.

Other Lady Wildcats competing at sectionals were Katie Harris, who competed in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 10 inches, and in the 800 meters, with a time of 2:31, good enough for 10th place.

Ariana Lovins turned in a good distance in the long jump, and Sydney Shepard placed 10th with an 8-foot vault, tying her personal best.

Woodland boys who are going on to compete at state are pole vaulters Marrauder, who placed first with a height of 13 feet, 3 inches, a new school record; and Heath, who finished eighth with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches.

Lewis qualified fourth in discus throw with a toss of 134 feet, 6 inches.

Daune Davis just missed qualifying for state by an inch and a half in the long distance jump. He reached 42 feet, 5 1/2 inches and had to jump 42 feet, 7 inches.

Jami Smith ran the 100 meter in 11.4 seconds, not quite good enough to earn the state trip.

“It was a good group of athletes, and we’re proud to be taking three girls and three boys to the state meet,” Holloway said. “We’ll continue to work and hope our athletes finish well.

“We hope they are all able to finish with their best performances.”

Adairsville qualifiers

Two Adairsville track and field athletes qualified Saturday at sectionals to compete at the state.

Emily Sexauer qualified in the girls two-mile event while Jordan Character qualified in the 300-meter hurdles for the boys team.

“Emily is a good runner and is fun to watch,” Adairsville coach Terry Gough said. “She ended up fourth.

“Jordan had sort of an off day — he finished two seconds off his best time — but he still qualified.”

He said he believes both could shave some time off their performances at state.

“We hope they both run their best times,” he said. “That’s pretty much all you can ask of them.”