Locals prosper in 5AAAAAA
by Emily Horos
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Cherokee’s Armony Parker cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump Thursday, during the opening day of the Region 5AAAAAA meet.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Cherokee’s Armony Parker cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump Thursday, during the opening day of the Region 5AAAAAA meet.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
WOODSTOCK — A few titles were handed out Thursday on the first day of the two-day Region 5AAAAAA track and field championships.

As athletes punched their tickets to the Class AAAAAA sectional with top-four finishes, the Woodstock girls positioned themselves for a shot at the team title.

Cherokee’s Armony Parker won the boys high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches. Woodstock’s Khalil Muhammad was eighth.

Also winning a region title for Cherokee was Andrew Harris in the long jump. Meanwhile, teammate Brittian Brown placed eighth.

Cherokee’s Tunde Ayinla placed second in the discus behind Roswell’s Richard Delphin. Talley Redmond, also from Cherokee was third, followed by Woodstock’s Alex Motsinger and Etowah’s Keith Gordon. Woodstock’s Will Stumpf was seventh.

Woodstock’s J.C. Cornett set a school record in the 1,600-meter run, but failed to advance to the sectional with a fifth-place finish. Etowah’s Ross Gudger was eighth in the event.

In the girls events, Etowah’s Hannah Keith won the pole vault, while teammate Sydney Brim was third.

Overall, the Lady Eagles performed well in the field events. Also placing was Allison Guebert (third, triple jump), Kaitlyn Peeples (seventh, triple jump) and Leena Morris (second, shot put).

Woodstock’s Hannah Frantz was third in the triple jump, with Cherokee’s Katy Stamey sixth.

Woodstock’s Maya Ramsey was fourth in the shot put, followed by Cherokee teammate’s Lorainne Useche and Erica Reece.

Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan finished sixth in the 1,600 — the only running final of the day.

In preliminary action, the Lady Wolverines positioned themselves well. They qualified an athlete in every event.

Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich said his girls are in especially good shape.

“I think we have just about every event covered,” he said. “A lot of events, we have two in each. I think the girls will finish pretty well. The boys ran well, too. Our hurdlers are in good shape. We have some people in the 100 and 200. I’m very pleased.”

Among the qualifiers are Kennedy Whitting (100), Ramsey (200, 100 hurdles), Arielle Hunter (200, 400), Liz Hamilton (400), Keaton Wallace (800) and Amanda Buckels (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

Woodstock also qualified two 400 relay teams, while Etowah and Cherokee each qualified one

Other qualifiers include Cherokee’s Katlyn Peerman (100, 200), Caitlyn Farrell (400), Morgan Wilson (100 hurdles) and Courtney Duc (300 hurdles) and Etowah’s Amanda Green (100), Savannah Smith (800) and Guebert (300 hurdles).

In the boys preliminaries, there didn’t seem to be a dominate school. Roswell and Lassiter qualified athletes in nearly every event.

Among the local qualifiers were Etowah’s Brandon Engle (100, 200) and Anthony Bailey (400), Cherokee’s Andrew Harris (200), Aaron Wright (400) and Caleb Bowlick (800) and Woodstock’s Reagan Amos (100, 200), Kylon Drones (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Justin Jones (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

Woodstock, Etowah and Cherokee each qualified a 400 relay team. They will be joined in the field by two teams from Roswell and one each from Wheeler and Lassiter.

Scharich said the key to finishing the meet well is in the clouds. Rain could force the meet to be delayed a day, or it could bring cool weather — which some coaches find fitting after such a cool spring.

“It could be a little crazy out here,” Scharich said.
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