Cartersville’s Anna Hightower is the state’s second best pole vaulter in Class AAA.
They are just two of Bartow County’s athletes who had successful ventures competing at state in Albany the past few days.
Patterson won her state championship with a mark of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Woodland’s Katie Camron also made the podium by placing eighth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:32, 10 seconds faster than her personal best in the event.
David Holloway, Woodland coach, said Patterson won the state with a height that wasn’t her personal best in the event.
“Eleven feet, 6 inches is her personal best but 10 feet, 6 inches was what she needed to win; so it’s OK,” he said.
He said Camron also had placed ninth at state in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:22. “She made a good showing in the 3200 meter, good enough to get her up on the podium.”
Holloway said Idraiah Thompson came close to joining the two at the podium, finishing 13th in the 100 meter.
He said Thompson is the first member of the Woodland girls track and field team to compete at state all four of her years with the program.
“We scored 11 points as a team,” he said. “It was a good showing.”
He said all three of the state qualifiers are good athletes.
“All three will be going on to college and running next year,” he added.
Patterson and Thompson will attend Jacksonville State University on scholarship.
Holloway said Camron also has plans to continue her career at the next level.
“She will be a walk-on at Georgia Tech next year,” he said.
Hightower placed second in the girls pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches. The winner cleared 11 feet.
Cartersville’s Blake Perry finished in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 1/2 inches, earning her fourth place in the state.
Perry also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, earning a time of 15:31, good enough for sixth place.
Several Cartersville athletes just missed making the podium.
Bree Cole ran the 800 meter with a time of 2:31.54, placing ninth.
Cole competed in the 1600 meter, finishing 14th with a time of 5:44.
Elyse Hoganson competed in the 3200 meter, finishing 15th with a time of 13:26.
Rusty Grimmett, coach, said the team has done well.
“You always hope you can do better,” he said. “You want your players to do the best they’ve done all year. Some of ours have. Blake ran close to the best she’s run all year and probably a little better. To finish second in the state is quite an accomplishment.
“I’m proud of all the girls. They had a good year and got better in a lot of things.”