Track Team Breaks Records at Sectionals and State Meets
By EDDY GIFFORD
Over the past two weeks, the Wolverine track teams have wrapped up a very successful season as they competed in sectionals and the state track meet.
In the sectionals, the Wolverines qualified Ian Byrd – Discus and Pole Vault; Brody Cooper – 110 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles; and Jace Anderson – 300 Hurdles. Raegan Page – Pole Vault, also qualified for the girls.
During the sectionals, the Wolverines broke three school records. Ian Byrd – Discus, 128’2”; Jace Anderson – 300 Hurdles, 40.33; and the girls 4×300 relay team of Kiera Hughes, Emma Vandagriff, Emma Stinnett, Savannah Wolfe, 13.45.
On Saturday, May 13, the Wolverines concluded the state meet and all places got medals.
On Thursday, Byrd finished seventh in the pole vault at 12’6” and Page finished seventh in the pole vault at 8’0”.
On Friday, Cooper ran a 16.11 in the 110 hurdles and got seeded at eighth to qualify for the final round. He then ran 43.45 in the 300 hurdles and finished 13th but fell short of qualifying for the final round.
Anderson broke his own record in the 300 hurdles with a 40.3 to get a fourth seed to qualify for the finals.
On Saturday, Cooper ran a 15.77 and finished fifth overall in Class A in the 110 hurdles while Anderson ran a 40.7 and finished fourth overall in Class A.
Coach Steve Green said, “We had a great year of track for our little school in the mountains. We doubled our roster, sent 16 kids to sectionals, and broke 15 school records. I am pleased that we were able to earn medals on the final day to represent our track program. There are several teams in Georgia that can’t get one kid to the final day of the state meet, yet we qualified four. We already look forward to next year.”