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Varnum, Cole lead local athletes at state track and field sectionals

High school track and field competitors from Adairsville, Cartersville, Cass, and Woodland High Schools battled Saturday at three different GHSA State Sectionals Saturday with several local athletes reaching their respective State Championship Meets coming up later in May.

Ray Varnum of Cass qualified for the state finals in four different events, including the 110M hurdles, the long jump, the triple jump, and as a member of the Colonels' 4x100M relay team. Varnum was second in the long jump and the Cass relay team also placed second at the Class AAAAA sectional at Starrs Mill High School in Fayetteville.

Bree Cole of Cartersville won the girls 1600 meter run at the Class AAAA Sectional in Carrollton for regions 1, 2, 5, and 7. She also qualified for the state championship in the 800M run.

Trevor Knowles and Jarvis James led the Woodland athletes at the Class AAAAA sectional at Starrs Mill. Knowles was third in the high jump, while James was third in the long jump.

Josie Summerville of Adairsville was the Tigers' top performer at the Class AAA sectional in Calhoun. She placed fifth in the shot put.

For most running events, there were only qualifying heats at the state sectionals, no finals. Out of the two heats, the top two finishers from each heat and the next four fastest times from either heat advanced to the state finals. The 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs qualified the top eight finishers for the state finals. In field events, the top eight also qualified for the state championships.

The 2016 Girls Track and Field State Championships will be held in Albany at Hugh Mills Stadium, May 5-7.

The 2016 Boys Track and Field State Championships will be May 12-14 at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, GA

Local results from State Sectional events held Saturday.

State Championship qualifiers are marked with an asterisk (*).


GHSA Class 5A Sectional

Starrs Mill High School, Fayetteville, GA

Girls High Jump

*6th - Kyler Trouten - Cass - 5-00

Girls Long Jump

14th - Chaila Reliford - Woodland - 16-05.50

Girls Shot Put

*6th - Hayley Gildersleeve - Cass - 39-03.50

Boys 100M

*5th - Terry Berdin - Cass - 11.13

9th - Jamai Smith - Woodland - 11.23

Boys 110M Hurdles

*7th - Ray Varnum - Cass - 15.25

Boys 200M

13th - Terry Berdin - Cass - 22.93

Boys 400M

12th - Kevin Miller - Woodland - 50.98

Boys 4x100M Relay

*5th - Cass - 42.58 (Laizon West, Dexter Wilkey, Ray Varnum, Terry Berdin, Malik Grimes)

Boys 4x400M Relay

9th - Woodland - 3:27.38 (Kevin Miller, Thomas Jolly, Trevor Knowles, Julian Rockett, Jonathan Applin)

Boys 800M

10th - Julian Rockett - Woodland - 2:00.74

Boys High Jump

*3rd - Trevor Knowles - Woodland - 6-00.00

Boys Long Jump

*2nd - Ray Varnum - Cass - 22-08.00

*3rd - Jarvis James - Woodland - 22-06.50

Boys Pole Vault

*4th - Thomas Jolly - Woodland - 12-00.00

Boys Triple Jump

*8th - Ray Varnum - Cass - 43-07.00


Class AAAA Sectional Carrollton High School, Carrollton, GA

Girls 100M

13th - Destiny Mitchell - Cartersville - 13.16

Girls 800M

*4th - Bree Cole - Cartersville - 2:26.84

Girls 1600M

*1st - Bree Cole - Cartersville - 5:24.25

Girls 4x100M Relay

14th - Cartersville - 52.72 (Destiny Mitchell, Grace Cochran, Anna Cooney, Demaya Bryan)

Girls Long Jump

15th - Destiny Mitchell - Cartersville - 14-00.50

Girls Shot Put

*8th - London Shaw - Cartersville - 33-02.00

Girls Discus

10th - London Shaw - Cartersville - 91-11

Boys 400M

14th - Trey Creamer - Cartersville - 52.32

Boys 1600M

9th - Haden Boone - Cartersville - 4:45.59

Boys 4x100M Relay

15th - Cartersville - 46.12 (Malcolm Cooley, Kaleb Chatman, Nivin Nelson, Trey Creamer)

Boys 4x400M Relay

14th - Cartersville - 3:58.79 (Kaleb Chatman, Alex Mosac, Javen Bridges, Trey Creamer)

Boys Long Jump

*2nd - Trey Creamer - Cartersville - 21-09.50


Class AAA Sectional

Gordon Central High School, Calhoun, GA

Girls Shot Put

*5th - Josie Summerville - Adairsville - 35-00.00

Girls Discus

9th - Nakiyah Washington - Adairsville - 95-00

Boys 100M

13th - Daylon Bailey - Adairsville - 11.73

Boys 4x100M Relay

14th - Adairsville - 45.79 (Daylon Bailey, Patrick Johnson, Jai’mon Mitchell, Marquel Lane)

Boys Long Jump

14th - Marquel Lane - Adairsville - 19-05.50

Boys Discus

*6th - Jayson Cantrell - Adairsville - 133-04

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