Bebko breaks school record; Canes T&F sending 10 to sectionals

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Nick Bebko broke a school record in the pole vault, highlighting the Cartersville High track and field team’s Region 5-AAAA championship meet Thursday at Sandy Creek.

The Canes will send 10 athletes across 11 events to sectionals in Columbus on May 4, with senior Jacksonville State commit London Shaw qualifying for sectionals in two events, the shot put and the discus.

Shaw won the shot put with a distance of 38 feet, 5.5 inches; and she placed third in the discus throw with a distance of 104 feet, 11.5 inches.

While Shaw has broken school records before, the one who broke a record Thursday was Nick Bebko, who won region with a height of 13 feet, 7 inches. The height was one inch more than the school record, which Bebko had tied earlier in the season.

As a team, the Cartersville boys placed fourth and the girls placed sixth out of seven region teams. The 10 athletes advancing to state is the most for the Cartersville program in the past five years.

The top events for the Cartersville boys were the distance events as the team will send four in two events to sectionals. In the 1600, Bill Archer won with a time of 4:38 while Max Florence placed fourth in a time of 4:44. In the 3200, Harrison Banks placed third with a time of 10:28 and Parker Breedlove placed fourth with a time of 10:51.

Rounding out the boys section qualifiers, Daniel Ejieke placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.66, and Jadon Martin qualified in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Besides Shaw, two other Lady Canes qualified for sectionals. McKinsey Spinks placed third in the 3200 with a time of 13:57 and Trinity Atkins placed fourth in the 1600 with a time of 5:59.