Cartersville, Cass compete in Gordon Central meet

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The Cartersville and Cass high boys cross country teams took first and second, respectively, while the Cartersville girls placed second and the Cass girls came in fifth in a five-team track and field meet Thursday at Gordon Central.

The Cartersville girls actually finished tied with Gordon Central for second place with 90 points each, 10 points back of first-place Sonoraville. London Shaw once again stole the show for the Lady Canes, wining both the shot put and discus throw as the Lady Canes’ only first-place finisher.

The Cartersville boys had a number of winners, finishing with 129 points, 30 more than second-place Cass and nearly 60 more than the next closest team, Gordon Central.

Bill Archer won two events, the 1600 and 800 with times of 4:53 and 2:10 respectively. The Canes had another strong distance performance from Harrison Banks, who won the 3200 in a time of 10:34.

Cartersville also had a good day in the relays, with the girls 4x100 winning with a time of 52.54 seconds and the boys 4x400 relay team winning with a time of 3:42.

Other first-place finishers for the Cartersville boys included Jadon Martin in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 6 inches; Daniel Ejike in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.88 seconds; Chris Ejike in the 300 hurdles at 42.77 seconds; and Donovan Dennis in the 400 with a time off 54.42 seconds. 

The big event of the day was the boys pole vault in a matchup between Cartersville and Cass athletes who are likely to finish on the podium at state. Cass’ Stephen Smith took home first with an impressive height of 15 feet, 4 inches, while Nick Bebko came in second at 13 feet.

Ethan Carter was the big winner for the Colonels, as he placed first in both the 100 and 200 with times of 11.28 and 23.20, respectively, and he helped the boys 4x100 relay team to the top spot with a time of 43.57.

Other Cass first-place finishers included Brandon Martin in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 5 inches; Nathan Gant with a discus throw of 123 feet, 5 inches; and Christene Warner in the girls 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.53 seconds.