Sectionals fill slots for state track meets
by Carlton D. White
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After a first-place finish in the Class AAAAA sectional at Starr’s Mill, Allatoona pole vaulter Trey Oates will have the chance to win another state championship.
<Br>Staff file photo by Todd Hull
After a first-place finish in the Class AAAAA sectional at Starr’s Mill, Allatoona pole vaulter Trey Oates will have the chance to win another state championship.
Staff file photo by Todd Hull
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Cobb County athletes finished first in 25 events in the weekend’s track and field sectionals.

In the Class AAAAAA sectional at Roswell, Campbell’s Allan Frye swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, as part of the school’s five individuals and one relay team that advanced to the state championships.

The boys state meet will be later this week in Jefferson, while all the girls meet is next week in Albany.

“We scored as well as we were expected to score at sectionals,” Campbell coach Mike McCloud said, “and I was really pleased with our (1,600 relay) team finishing second to McEachern. Now, we get to go to Jefferson and see what happens next.”

Harrison will be sending four boys, including high jump winner DeVontre Young, and one girl to the state meets.

Meanwhile, Hillgrove could compete for the boys title after advancing six individuals for nine events, along with its 400 relay team. Jaylan Reid finished first in the shot put, while Demetrius Duggans won the 100. The Lady Hawks will also send two individuals and one relay to Albany

Kennesaw Mountain could also make a claim to the boys championship with five individuals, including 200 dash winner Devin Putmon, competing in seven events, to go with both of its 400 relay teams. The Lady Mustangs advanced three girls to state as well.

“We did a really good job,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Cindy Faulkner said. “We’re taking most of the boys to state, and all three of our girls stand a chance at placing at state in a couple of weeks, so I’m excited about what we were able to do (Saturday).”

Marietta could also have a chance at claiming a state title after advancing eight boys for 12 events, in addition one relay team. On the girls’ side, eight individuals will vie for championships in 10 events.

Jenessa Jackson won the shot put, while Elizabeth Hartley broke her own school record in the pole vault with a first-place clearance of 11 feet.

“I’m hoping that both our boys and girls teams can get on that medal stand,” Marietta girls coach Chad Christman said. “The last time the boys won a state championship was in 2008, and the girls haven’t been on the stand since the early 2000s. We have two pretty solid teams, so this would be a great chance for both of them to finish in the top four.”

McEachern’s boys won three events Saturday — Rajon Wright in the 400, Cory Nicholls in the 800 and the 1,600 relay. The Indians and Lady Indians have 10 individuals competing for 13 titles, along with two relay teams.

“Pretty much everybody we thought we would place made it through,” McEachern coach Philip Hoskins said. “We even got a few surprises, so it was a good day.”

North Cobb will have two boys competing in two events, and three girls in four events, at the state meets. The girls’ 400 and 1,600 relay squads also advanced. Shanel Burr had the fastest time in the 100 hurdles.

Pebblebrook advanced three athletes state meets, Lassiter combined to send five, while Walton advanced seven and Wheeler three, along with its boys 1,600 relay.

Lassiter’s Ethan Bilkert won the pole vault, Walton’s Brian Sullivan finished first in the 1,600 and Wheeler’s Natisha Dixon placed first in the 300 hurdles.

In the Class AAAAA sectional at Starr’s Mill, Allatoona, Pope, Kell, Osborne and Sprayberry all had athletes move on to state.

Allatoona’s Trey Oates won the boys pole vault, while Dessaa Legros placed first in the girls high jump. Combined, Allatoona will send six athletes to state.

“The field events have been the best for us over the past couple of years, and that continued (Saturday),” Allatoona coach David Ravenscraft said. “Trey Oates was a state champion last year, and Elise Moffatt won the girls pole vault in 2011. Legros was second in the high jump as a sophomore, so we have some athletes that are looking to finish the season on a high note.”

Pope could also bring home state titles. Six boys will compete in eight events, while seven girls will see action in 10. Andrea Vahoua finished first in the girls shot put Saturday, while Patrick Fleming won the boys 800.

Kell’s girls team is also hoping for a state title with six girls in 10 events, along with the 1,600 relay team.

Kendell Williams won state titles last year in the high jump, long jump and 100 hurdles. She placed first in the long jump and hurdles at the sectionals.

The boys have two individuals in four events.

“I’m extremely excited,” Kell coach Andy Jenkins said. “We got a lot to state, which was our goal. The girls were fifth last year, so we’re hoping to move up to the top three this time.”

Osborne long jumper Fallon Reed will head to Albany, while Sprayberry combined to advance five athletes for eight events, as well as its boys 400 team.

Mount Paran Christian’s Joey Carr advanced to state in the boys 3,200 from the Class A sectional at Landmark Christian, and North Cobb Christian’s Megan Gavin moved in the girls 1,600.

Eric Flint, who won the boys pole vault, will lead Walker’s combined contingent of seven athletes in nine events.

Robby Keough won the boys 1,600 and Naomi Grand-Pierre captured the girls 1,600 to move on for Whitefield Academy. The Wolfpack combined for eight individuals in 10 events as well as the girls’ 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
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