In a 13-team meet featuring teams from north Georgia, Cass junior Terry Berdin stole the show Saturday at the Southeast Whitfield Invitational track and field meet.
Berdin was awarded the boys overall running MVP, as he won two individual sprinting events and helped Cass to a first-place finish in the 4x100.
Berdin’s efforts, along with top finishes by Tavarus Varnum and Ray Varnum, led the Colonels to third place as a team, while the girls placed sixth.
Adairsville also was among the teams in the field, and the Tigers placed ninth in the boys and 11th in the girls.
The Cass boys dominated the sprints, and brothers Ray and Tavarus Varnum also took top honors in a combined three events.
The Adairsville boys found the most success in the throws, led by Chad Lowery’s first-place discus throw.
Cass’ Kyler Trouten set a new PR in the high jump, and she was the lone Bartow County girl to place first in any event.
Berdin set a new PR with his 10.72-second 100-meter dash. He was followed by his teammate, Laizon West in fourth at 11.22.
The pair of Colonels nearly replicated their placements in the 200, with Berdin again placing first at 22.03 and West coming in third at 23.65.
Also in the 200, Adairsville’s Daylon Bailey earned points with his fifth-place finish in a time of 23.82.
Cass managed to hold off Northwest Whitfield in the 4x100, with Berdin and West leading the way, in at a time of 43.44.
Ray Varnum added to Cass’ point total with a first-place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.09. Nigel Whittington placed fourth at 16.99 and then placed third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.84. Chris Moore also garnered points for Cass with his fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.88.
In the field events, Tavarus Varnum won the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 0.25 inches, while Ray Varnum won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 1 inch.
For Adairsville, Chad Lowery led the way with a 133-foot, 10-inch discus throw to earn the top spot on the podium. He also earned points with his eighth-place finish in the pole vault.
The Tigers also received point-scoring performances from Chance Jones in the high jump in sixth place at 5 feet, 6.5 inches; and Jacob Potter in the discus throw, in fifth place at 114 feet, eight inches.
Trouten won the high jump and set a new school record with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches, but it was not the only strong performance by Bartow County girls athletes Saturday.
Bartow girls took up several of the top spots in the throws, as Cass’ Chanel Clemmons placed second in the shot put with a distance of 33 feet, 8.75 inches. She also placed fourth in the discus throw with a distance of 88 feet, 3.5 inches.
Adairsville’s throwers soon followed Clemmons. Josie Summerville came in third in the shot put at 32 feet, 7.25 inches; Kathryn Calvert placed sixth in the shot put at 30 feet, 11.25 inches; and Nakiyah Washington placed fifth in the discus throw with a distance of 84 feet, 11 inches.
On the track, Trouten once again showed up near the top of the results sheet with her fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles with a time of 56.99.
Sabrina Buggs also earned points in multiple events, placing fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.43, and taking fifth in the 200 with a time of 28.80. Buggs’ teammate, Sidney Mays, finished just an 100th of a second behind Buggs in the 200, and the pair of sprinters would later help Cass place fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 54.41.
Also placing fourth, Hillary McCarver earned points in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.12.