Woodland, Cass track with strong finishes over the weekend

Woodland and Cass battled it out with 14 other teams at the Mohawk Warrior Invitational Saturday at Gordon Central, and both the Colonels and ’Cats represented Bartow well.

Woodland won the girls team title and finished second in the boys competition, narrowly edging the fifth-place Cass team in that one.

The Cass girls finished 11th.

In a tough meet with a lot of competition, the Woodland girls managed to beat Dalton, 88.5 points to 79.
The Lady Wildcats won the 4x400 relay and also took three individual events.

Casey Bolan won the 800, Carli Clymer the 3200 and Karson Norris the 100 hurdles.
The Lady Wildcats also had a bundle of other podium finishes.

Hailey Bishop finished third in the discus, Lindsay Scifers finished second to Clymer in the 3200, and Bolan and Scifers took third and fourth in the 1600.

Clymer also finished second behind her teammate Bolan in the 800 as the Woodland girls dominated the middle and long distance events.

Off the track, freshman Jasmine Hill added the last podium finish for the Lady ’Cats, finishing third in the pole vault and closely trailed by teammate Grace Webb in fourth.

The Woodland boys team also had some good performances, but not enough to catch winner Riverdale, which prevailed over the Wildcats 80 to 68.5.

Kevin Miller was the star for the Wildcats, winning the triple jump and the 400 meters.

Like the girls, the Woodland boys team also took the 4x400, and had a number of other podium performances.

Trevor Knowles finished second in the high jump, Thomas Jolly matched that result in the pole vault, and Jonathan Holloway finished third in the 800 and fourth in the 3200.

Absent superstar sprinter Terry Berdin, the Cass boys team also managed a good result.

Tavarus Varnum set a new season-high to beat No. 1 seed Knowles in the high jump, with fellow Colonel Devin Pritchett in fourth.

His brother Ray Varnum then won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, winning by nearly a full second in both races and posting new county-best times in both as well.

The Colonels couldn’t build on their three individual wins, though, with Ray Varnum’s second in the long jump their only other podium finish, despite Laizon West coming close by taking fourth in the 200.

The Cass girls, meanwhile, were never in contention but did have some good finishes off the track, with Kyler Trouten taking second in the high jump and Chanel Clemmons doing the same in the shot put.

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