Boys track and field
• Brody Cook, Northwest: One half of the Cook twins duo that helped carry Northwest cross country and track and field the past four years, Brody’s senior season highlights included a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run at the Region 7-4A meet and a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 at the same meet, performances that pushed him on to sectionals in both events. He then advanced to state in the 3,200 with an eighth-place finish at sectionals but struggled in Jefferson after battling a stomach virus.
• Parker Cook, Northwest: Like his brother, Cook is bound for Dalton State College, where he’ll be part of the first Roadrunners cross country team. Like his brother, he has a strong high school career to reflect on in the meantime. At the Region 7-4A meet, Parker took third in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600 to help the Bruins to the team title, earning a spot at sectionals in both distance events. He also earned medals at the Northwest, Rotary and Walker Valley invitational meets this season.
• Josh Foxx, Coahulla Creek: Foxx took a big leap forward during his sophomore season. At the Region 5-3A meet, he medaled in the high jump (second), long jump (third) and triple jump (fourth) to advance to sectionals in all three events. He was fourth in high jump at sectionals to secure his place at state, where he took eighth and become the first to win a medal there for the second-year Colts.
• Ethan Fromm, Dalton: A team captain and four-year letterman, the senior competed in the 200 and 400, the 300 hurdles and was part of both relay lineups this spring for the Cats. He finished third in the 400 at the Region 7-4A meet to earn a place in sectionals, where he came up short of a trip to state, but finished with a legacy as a strong contributor and leader at Dalton.
• Servio Martinez, Murray County: Coach Sam Young will no doubt be hoping for a strong senior season from Martinez, who impressed this year as a junior. A talented distance runner and the Indians’ leading scorer for the season, he claimed third-place finishes in both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Region 7-2A meet, was eighth and seventh in those events at sectionals and then took 13th and sixth at those distances at state. His latter performance gave the Indians their first state medal in “a while,” Young said.
• Jordon McKinney, Dalton: McKinney, who also plays basketball and football, gave a hint of his athletic potential with an outstanding freshman season in track and field. A participant in the triple jump and 300 hurdles as well as a member of both relay lineups, he scored the most points for the Cats at this year’s Region 7-4A meet — he took second in the 300 hurdles — on his way to earning the team’s Outstanding Freshman Award for the season.
• Isaac Pacheco, North Murray: A dedicated and talented distance runner who will be part of the first cross country team at Dalton State College — he earned back-to-back nods as The Daily Citizen’s All-Area Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year the past two seasons — the senior swept the Region 5-3A titles for the 1,600 and 3,200 before taking sixth in both events at sectionals. At state, he was seventh in both events and finished his high school career with five state medals. He has already become a success on the local road race circuit and figures to be a top-level competitor for quite some time.
• Jayro Perez, Southeast: Perez was a reliable scorer for the Raiders this year — he went undefeated in discus during the regular season — and he enjoyed success in the postseason as well. He claimed the Region 7-4A championship in discus to set up his fifth-place finish at sectionals, then just missed a medal performance at state — he took ninth in Jefferson, one spot shy of the medal stand. He also excelled in football and played for the Peach State in the recent Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic on the gridiron.
• Alex Reynolds, Northwest: This is the second all-area honor of 2013 for Reynolds, a junior who also earned a place in the wrestling lineup this past winter. On the track, the Bruins counted on him in the 300 hurdles, where he won the Region 7-4A title and took seventh in sectionals to secure a place at state. He didn’t medal in the year’s last meet, but should be among those who look for a return to Jefferson next year.
• Brady Swilling, North Murray: The senior was a standout athlete in football and basketball — he was the starting quarterback each year of his high school career and was part of back-to-back trips to the state tournament for hoops — but was just as impressive in the spring, when he established himself as an exceptional high jumper. This year, he took first in high jump at the Region 5-3A meet — he was also third in shot put — took second in the event at sectionals and was runner-up at state, claiming his third state medal in as many seasons. He will walk on with Georgia Tech’s football program this fall. He was last year’s All-Area Spring Team Boys Athlete of the Year.