Trapheagen wins two events to lead local track & field athletes advancing to state finals


Fifteen local high school track and field athletes advanced from their respective GHSA State Sectional Meets Saturday to reach the State Finals this Thursday through Saturday.


Three different local athletes won four state sectional titles including two by Woodland’s McKenna Trapheagen.


Trapheagen won both the girls 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs at the Class 5A sectional in Fayetteville. Sydney Molinaro of Woodland won the girls high jump at the same sectional and Cartersville’s Nick Bebko won the Class 4A boys pole vault sectional in Columbus.


London Shaw of Cartersville, Nakiyah Washington of Adairsville, and Rylee Evans of Woodland were the other two-event state finals qualifiers.


Shaw was a top-8 sectional qualifer in the two throwing events. She was second in the shot put and eighth in the discus throw. Washington was also a finals qualifying in the AAA throwing events. Evans was a double qualifier in the two distance events. She was fifth in the 1600 meter run and seventh in the 3200 meter run. The Class 3A and 4A State Finals will be at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. The Class 5A State Finals will be at Carrollton High School.

Adairsville State Finals Qualifier

3A Sectional at Pace Academy, Riverview Sports Complex, Atlanta


Nakiyah Washington — 2nd — Girls Discus Throw — 114-10 Nakiyah Washington -- 7th -- Girls Shot Put -- 34-07




Cartersville State Finals Qualifiers

4A Sectional at Kinnett Stadium, Columbus


Nick Bebko — 1st — Boys Pole Vault — 12-06

London Shaw — 2nd — Girls Shot Put — 39-02

Bill Archer — 4th — Boys 1600 Meter Run — 4:38.67

Parker Breedlove — 8th — Boys 3200 Meter Run — 10:29.54

London Shaw — 8th — Girls Discus Throw — 97-11




Cass State Finals Qualifiers

5A Sectional at Starrs Mill High School, Fayetteville


Stephen Smith — 2nd — Boys Pole Vault — 15-00

Brandon Martin — 3rd — Boys High Jump — 6-02

Nathan Gant — 5th — Boys Discus Throw — 136-01.5




Woodland State Finals Qualifiers

5A Sectional at Starrs Mill High School, Fayetteville


McKenna Trapheagen (photo) — 1st — Girls 1600 Meter Run — 5:05.07

McKenna Trapheagen — 1st — Girls 3200 Meter Run — 11:02.71

Sydney Molinaro — 1st — Girls High Jump — 5-02

Rylee Evans — 5th — Girls 1600 Meter Run — 5:24.65

Brooke Cooper — 5th — Girls Pole Vault — 9-00

Skylar Chappell — 5th — Girls Discus Throw — 113-06.5

Grace Webb — 6th — Girls High Jump — 4-10

Rylee Evans — 7th — Girls 3200 Meter Run — 11:55.04

Jeven Reliford — 7th — Boys 400 Meter Dash — 50.02

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