From Staff Reports
With region behind them, if area high school track and field athletes want to have state in front of them they’ll need to keep pace today at the Georgia High School Association’s sectional meets.
Coahulla Creek, Dalton, Murray County, North Murray, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield all will be represented today at various sectional meets, where some may go for first-place finishes but the bottom-line goal is to earn a trip to state. Athletes advanced to the sectional meets by finishing in the top four at their respective region meets.
In field events, the top eight finishers advance to state. In track events, the top eight finishers in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200 will advance; for all other running events, no finals will be held but the top two finishers in each of two heats plus the next four fastest runners regardless of heat will advance.
The boys state meets are scheduled for May 2-4 at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, while the girls state meets are scheduled for May 9-11 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
At the Class 2A Sectional B meet at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Region 7’s Murray County’s boys team will be represented by Ivan Delgado (1,600), Servio Martinez (1,600), Kyle Padgett (triple jump) and Jorge Romero (high jump), plus its 4x100 relay team. Aaron Chambers, Bobby Defore, Delgado, Padgett and Pritchett are all eligible to enter that lineup.
Murray County’s girls will be represented by Shea Pendley (shot put), Miriam Quiroz (300 hurdles), Katelyn Richardson (1,600) and Catlyn Wilson (discus), plus its 4x100 relay team. Destiny Bailey, Keona Brinkman, Chasidy Dixon, Tiffany Marker, Pendley and Quiroz are all eligible to enter that lineup.
At the Class 3A Sectional A meet at Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium, Region 5’s Coahulla Creek’s boys will be represented by Josh Foxx (high jump, long jump, triple jump) and Cordarius Tarver (discus). The Lady Colts will be represented by Elizabeth Holcomb (400), Desiaree Sardina (shot put) and A.T. Smith (100, long jump, triple jump), plus both of their relay teams. For the 4x100, Taylor Graham, Holcomb, Brysten Pippin and Smith will go; for the 4x400 it’s Evelyn Botello, Graham, Holcomb and Nia Quinn.
At the same meet, representing North Murray’s boys are Jacob Mays (long jump), Isaac Pacheco (1,600, 3,200) and Brady Swilling (high jump, shot put). Representing the Lady Mountaineers are Megan Pittman (discus) and Erin Robinson (shot put).
At the Class 4A Sectional B meet at Carrollton High School, Region 7’s Dalton, Northwest and Southeast will all compete.
For Dalton’s girls, the representatives are Adriana Bryant (200), Andrea Garcia (triple jump), Bekah Houston (800, 1,600), Susan Meinders (100, 300 hurdles, long jump), Mary Morrow (100, 200), Caroline Norman (pole vault) and Massey Swanson (pole vault). Both of the Lady Catamounts’ relay teams will also compete. For the 4x100, Bryant, Helen Cruz, Meinders, Morrow and Swanson are all eligible to compete; for the 4x400, it’s Bryant, Kylee Harris, Houston, Meinders and Norman.
The Cats’ representatives are Ethan Fromm (400), Seth Gabriel (300 hurdles), Hayden Gross (shot put), Jordon McKinney (300 hurdles), Kelvis Rhodes (high jump) and Jesus Torres (pole vault). The 4x400 relay team — Fromm, Gabriel, McKinney, Austin Mills and Angel Rodriguez are all eligible to compete — also qualified for the meet.
For Northwest’s girls, the representatives are Analeigh Hopkins (pole vault), McKinley Hopkins (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump), Maggie Kalafut (400) and Shelby Wilson (800, 1,600), plus both relay teams. Competing in the 4x100 are McKinley Hopkins, Shataria Johnson, Kalafut and Taylor Sistrunk; for the 4x400 lineup, McKinley Hopkins, Johnson, Kalafut, Sistrunk and Wilson are all options.
Representing Northwest’s boys are Brody Cook (1,600, 3,200), Parker Cook (3,200), Dylan Groves (discus), Jalen Lockett (200, 400), Alex Reynolds (300 hurdles), Dylan Richards (800) and Jonathan Willman (100, long jump, triple jump), plus both relay teams. Blake Heard, Jamon Horne, Lockett and Willman will compete in the 4x100, while Lockett, Palm-er, Reynolds, Richards and Willman are all eligible in the 4x400.
Competing for Southeast’s girls are Wendy Perez (discus, shot put) and Anissa Sosebee (100 hurdles). For the Raiders, it’s Cody Ensley (shot put) and Jayro Perez (discus).