The Cass and Adairsville High track and field teams competed Saturday in the Southeast Whitfield Invitational in Dalton. Led by Ethan Carter’s outstanding day, the Cass boys finished fourth of 14 teams in the event won by Dalton.
The Adairsville girls placed eighth of 12 teams. The Adairsville boys were 11th overall and the Cass girls finished 12th.
Cass’ Ethan Carter won the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash while teammate Stephen Smith (photo below) won the pole vault. Carter ran the 100 in 11.06 and the 200 in 23.05. Smith’s winning height was 14 feet, 7 inches. The Cass 4x100 relay team also finished first in 45.23. That team consisted of Josh Varnum, Malik Grimes, Javen Bridges, and Carter.
Carter's other contribution (photo) was a second place finish in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 10 and 3/4 inches.
The Colonels’ Nathan Grant placed third with a discus throw of 124 feet, 3 inches while Blake Carrington finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 11 inches. Nakiyah Washington led the Adairsville girls with a pair of second place finishes. Her shot put distance was 32 feet, 3 inches and her runner-up discus throw was 104 feet, 3 inches.
The Adairsville 4x100 relay team placed third with a time of 46.36 and the Tigers’ Tre Mitchell was fourth in the 200 meter dash with a 24.19 mark.
WOODLAND GIRLS WIN PURPLE HURRICANE INVITATIONAL On Saturday, February 23, the Woodland and Cartersville track and field teams participated in the seven-school Purple Hurricane Invitational at Weinman Stadium. The Woodland girls edged Rome 174-173 to win the girls’ title, while the Woodland boys finished just behind Rome for a runner-up finish. The Cartersville boys were third and the Lady Canes placed fifth. As expected, the Woodland girls distance runners showed strong performances. In the girls 3200, Woodland captured the top three spots with McKenna Trapheagen (11:05), Tess Cochran (11:54), and Rylee Evans (11:58) collecting the podium sweep. The Lady Cats had identical results in the 1600 and 800. Carli Clymer was first in the 1600 meter run in 5:30. Cochran was second in 5:41 and Baylee Evans was a close third at 5:45. Trapheagen won the 800 in 2:24. Clymer was second with a time of 2:29 and Baylee Evans placed third in 2:33. The Woodland girls added a 4x400 relay win with a mark of 4:25. Woodland’s Grace Webb won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches; Bella Carnes took second in the 400 with a time of 1:03; and Jasmine Hill was runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 4.5 inches. Jimmy Davis of Woodland won the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches. Nick Bebko of Cartersville was next with a vault of 11 feet, 6 inches and Woodland’s Tommy Duke placed third with a height of 11 feet. Cartersville’s London Shaw won the girls shot put with a mark of 37 feet, 7 inches. She was also second in the discus throw with a toss of 109 feet, 11 inches. The Canes’ Bill Archer was second in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:58. He was also second in the 800 meters in 2:11. Markal Brown of Woodland won the long jump (21 feet) and the 200 meter dash (23:29). He was also second in the 400 meter at 54.35. The Wildcats’ Jaylen Ballard finished second in the 200. Zach Avery had a third place finish in the 400. John Shropshire won the 800 in 2:07, while Aaron Carlson was second in the discus throw with a mark of 114 feet, 5 inches.