From Staff Reports
Northwest Whitfield will lead the way with the most athletes qualified among area teams, but every local track and field program will be represented as the Georgia High School Association’s boys track and field state meets begin today at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.
A dozen local boys will go for medals in the season’s final competition, with the Bruins sending the area’s only relay team plus a trio of others in individual events on the track in Class 4A competition. North Murray, which has two entrants for the Class 2A meet, is the only other local school with more than one athlete headed to Jefferson.
Northwest’s Jonathan Willman will go in both the long jump and 100-meter run, while Brody Cook competes in the 3,200 and Alex Reynolds is entered in the 300 hurdles. Willman will join Blake Heard, Jamon Horne and Jalen Lockett in the 4x100 relay.
Dalton’s Jesus Torres (pole vault) and Southeast Whitfield’s Jayro Perez (discus) will also compete in Class 4A.
In Class 3A, Coahulla Creek’s Josh Foxx (high jump) and North Murray’s Isaac Pacheco (1,600, 3,200) and Brady Swilling (high jump) are the local representatives, while Murray County’s Servio Martinez (1,600, 3,200) will compete in Class 2A.
The meets begin at noon, and finals for all field events as well as the 1,600 for all classifications are scheduled for today. The lone track event of the day won’t start until 7:30 p.m.
Pacheco, a senior, finished fifth in the 1,600 at last year’s Class 2A state meet and will be going for the fourth state medal of his high school career. He also took fourth in the 3,200 last season and was fifth in the same event as a sophomore.
Swilling is a two-time state medalist in the high jump, placing third as a junior and fifth as a sophomore.
On Friday, the focus turns to the track, with qualifying heats for running events plus the 3,200 finals for all classifications at 6:25 p.m. On Saturday, the meet will wrap up with the remaining track finals plus wheelchair competition.
The GHSA’s girls state meets are scheduled for May 9-11 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.