Tigers, Colonels, ’Cats compete in Rome


Adairsville, Cass and Woodland all competed at Barron Stadium in Rome Friday in the Battle at Barron track meet.

Rome won both the boys and girls competitions in the quad-meet. The Cass boys placed second with 181.5 points, Woodland placed third with 109 points and Adairsville finished fourth with 30 points.

For the girls, Woodland placed second with 117 points, Cass placed third with 108 points and Adairsville finished fourth with 30 points.


Cass’ Terry Berdin was the only Bartow athlete to place first in two events. He won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.43 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.03 seconds. Berdin also helped the Cass 4x100 relay team place first in a time of 43.41 with Woodland placing third at 47.72 seconds.

In the 4x100 relay, Woodland took the top spot with a time of 3:42.95 and Cass placed second at 3:56.50.

Thomas Jolly earned Woodland a first-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 9 inches. Cass’ Payton Chester placed third in the event with a height of 8 feet, 9 inches. Woodland’s Kevin Miller also took gold with his first-place finish in the triple jump at a distance of 41 feet, 1 inch. Cass’ Tavarus Varnum placed second at 40 feet, 4 inches.

It was an all-Bartow County top three in the high jump with Cass’ Laizon West in at 5-10, Devin Pritchett with a jump of 5-8 and Woodland’s Grant Richards taking the third spot on the podium at 5-6.

Adairsville’s discus throwers Jayson Cantrell and Jacob Potter earned a 1-2 finish. Cantrell put up a distance of 132-04.25, while Potter threw 118-08.50.

Cass’ Ray Varnum had two second-place finishes in the long jump (19-07) and 110-meter hurdles (15.58), while fellow Colonels Stephen Smith placed second in the 800-meter run (2:20.04) and Jamal Evans finished second in the shot put (39-02).

For Woodland, Markal Brown finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.10 seconds, and Chris Clanton placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.43 seconds.


The Woodland girls had several strong results, including taking the top three spots in the pole vault and the discus. In the pole vault, the top finishers were Karson Norris (7-03), Brittany Cox (6-09) and Charlotte Kittle (5-09). In the discus, Skylar Chappell placed first (89-08), Hailey Bishop was second (85-01.75) and Avery Mayweather finished third (82-03.50).

Norris also had a strong showing in the high jump as she placed second with a height of 4 feet, 6 inches.

The other first-place finish from a Bartow competitor came from Cass’ Hayley Gildersleeve with a distance of 37 feet, 9 inches in the shot put. Adairsville’s Josie Summerville placed third in the event at 34-05.25.

Woodland’s Keilyn Jones also had two second-place finishes in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:57.47 and in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:43.72.

Rounding out top three finishes for the girls were Woodland’s Emily Greulich in the 3200-meter run (17:01.29), and Cass’ Brianna Stephenson in the triple jump (29-02.75).