“The fact that we didn’t send any boys to the state meet last year is an indication of how successful our track and field program has been this season,” coach D.L. Koontz said.
The three boys who qualified for state Saturday at the Class AAAA sectionals held at Carrollton were Keylon Woodard, Kadeem Buford and Craig Edwards.
Edwards placed second with a high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches. Buford’s long jump of 22 feet, 5 inches was good enough for seventh place. Woodward placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 44 feet, 11 inches.
For the Lady Colonels, Amber Bowen, who had a triple jump of 35 feet, 10 inches, placed fifth in the event. Janee Callahan was second with a throw of 37 feet, 9 inches in the shot put.
The boys’ state track and field meet will be held at Jefferson this weekend, while the girls’ state meet is to be held at Albany the weekend of May 9-11.
Heading to Albany for Woodland will be C.J. Woods, Idraiah Thompson, Qua Stocks and DaMek Lewis.
Woods qualified for state at the Class AAAAA sectionals held at New Manchester with a time of 11.1 seconds in the 100-meter run and a 22.4 in the 200-meter run. Thompson ran a 12.6 in the 100-meter run and a 25.7 in the 200-meter run. Stocks had a high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches. Lewis qualified with a discus throw of 129 feet. The 4x100 relay team of Woods, Quadre Allen, Johnathan Jackson and Jamai Smith ran a 43.1.
Jefferson-bound were Lacey Fritz, Samantha Patterson, Ariana Lovins and Brianna Brown.
Fritz threw the discus 101 feet. Patterson cleared 10-feet in the pole vault. Lovins had a long jump of 17 feet, 4 inches. Brown rounded out Woodland’s state qualifiers with her high jump of 5 feet.