The Raiders couldn’t matchup with Roswell’s depth and experience. The Hornets clinched the boys meet with 160.5 points, with Walton a distant second at 104, followed by Wheeler (78), Woodstock (70) and Lassiter (69).
The Lassiter girls were second after the field events wrapped, but they couldn’t keep up on the track. Woodstock sealed its first region title with 127 points, with Roswell the runner-up at 105. Etowah (83) was fourth behind Lassiter, with Milton (78) fifth and Walton (72) sixth.
For the Walton boys, wins by the 3,200-meter relay team — with a time of 8 minutes, 37.62 seconds — and Brock McCorkle in the 400 dash (51.90) as the sixth seed keyed the runner-up finish.
The Raiders solidified second place with Brian Sullivan winning the 800 (1:55.00), two days after winning the 1,600 (4:15.96). Kenan Farmer was second in the 3,200 (9:39.50) and Joe Smith was third in the 100 (11.43).
“We had some guys do well that we expected, and that we didn’t expect, so we were very, very pleased,” Walton coach Travis Gower said. “Brock winning the 400 was a surprise, and Smith in the 100 was unexpected.”
For the Lassiter girls, Stacy Bosma took second in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 8 inches — two days after her sister, Stephanie, won the triple jump (34 ¾). Morgan Ainslie helped out by finishing second in the 1,600 (5:13.93) on Wednesday, Alyssa Varsalona was fourth in the pole vault (8-0) and Jennifer Westwood was fourth in the high jump (4-6).
Ainslie was second in the 800 (2:23.10) to highlight Lassiter’s performances on the track. Danielle Okonta was third in the 300 hurdles (48.39) and Kayla O’Shea was third in the 400 (1:03.28).
Wheeler’s Natisha Dixon won the girls 110 hurdles (14.33). Lassiter’s Quincy Pardue won the boys 200 (22.74), while teammate Ethan Bickert cleared 13 feet in the pole vault.
Top-four finishes were what the individual athletes aimed for, assuring them berths into next week’s Class AAAAAA sectional at Roswell.