11 male athletes vying for track titles
by Emily Horos
May 01, 2013 12:47 AM | 1270 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tunde Ayinla is one of two Cherokee discus throwers who will vie for titles this week at the state track and field meet in Jefferson.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Tunde Ayinla is one of two Cherokee discus throwers who will vie for titles this week at the state track and field meet in Jefferson.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
While this won’t be the year a team title is brought home in track and field, that doesn’t mean the county’s athletes won’t be battling for pride.

In the boys championships, which take place Thursday through Saturday in Jefferson, there will be 11 local athletes competing.

For field events, relays and distance races, athletes had to place in the top four of their respective sectional to qualify for the state meet. In running events, the top two finishers in each heat qualified, plus the four fastest times after that.

Woodstock’s Kylon Drones will have three opportunities to win a state title. He qualified in the triple jump, 300-meter hurdles and 110 hurdles.

In the triple jump, Drones’ mark of 45 feet, 9 inches was a personal best by 18 inches. His 40.52 seconds in the 300 hurdles was a new school record, as was his 14.88 seconds in the 110 hurdles.

Also qualifying from Woodstock were Owen Bailey and J.C. Cornett in the 3,200. Cornett won the sectional with a time of 9:44.43 — 6 seconds faster than Bailey, who finished sixth.

“We were very pleased to get both our boys through in the 3,200 because distance has been so competitive in our region,” Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich said.

Cherokee will have two competitors in the discus as both Tunde Ayinla and Talley Redmond qualified.

Etowah did not have any boys qualify for the state meet.

Sequoyah will have competitors in two events at the Class AAAAA meet. Derrion Rakestraw will participate in the high jump, while the Chiefs will also field a 400 relay team composed of D.J. Austin, Stuart Glassic, Blake Ingleton and Matthew Weier.

Creekview will be represented by Hunter Carter and Nathan Pelletier. Carter will run the 800, while Pelletier will compete in both the discus and shot put.

River Ridge’s Joe Mayes will compete for a Class AAAA title in the 3,200. He qualified with a time of 10:04.70.

Thursday’s calendar of events includes the 1,600 finals and all field events. On Friday, the final for the 3,200 will be held, along with the qualifiers for remaining track events. Saturday will feature the remaining finals.
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