Dunn bids to clinch second strong finish
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Creekview’s Anna Dunn qualified for two events in the Class AAAAA track and field championships, and she will have the chance to bring home medals in both.

Dunn placed second — for the second year — in the pole vault and qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles.

In the pole vault, Dunn equaled Allatoona’s Elise Moffatt and Lee County’s Holly Ebbets by clearing the bar at 11 feet, 6 inches, but Dunn came in second to Moffatt on a tiebreaker based on fewer attempts.

Dunn had a few hours to rest up before qualifying for the hurdles. She finished second in her heat and qualified automatically for the finals with a time of 15.5 seconds, half a second better than what she ran at sectionals.

Camille Fahrnbauer cleared 5-4 in the high jump and finished second after winning a tiebreaker with Allatoona’s Dessaa Legros. Kell’s Kendell Williams won at 5-8.

Creekview’s other athletes didn’t fare as well.

Rachel Garabedian was 13th in the final for the 3,200 (12:11.18), while Mary Kellan Carr was ninth in both the shot put (35-6) and discus (100-8). Carr’s was a half-inch shy of placing in the shot put, and 2 inches shy in the discus.

Sequoyah’s Alea Johnson also narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in the 800. She finished ninth in 2:21.29, only .27 seconds slower than the eighth-place time.

In Class AAAAAA, Woodstock’s Maya Ramsey failed to place in the shot put and failed to qualify for the finals in the 200, but she will get chance to medal today in the 100 hurdles. Her time of 14.78 seconds was slightly better than the time she ran at sectionals.

Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich said the 100 hurdles was Ramsey’s strongest event.

“We thought that was her best chance to make the finals,” Scharich said. “She looked good. That was her best time of the year, so that was great.”

Cherokee’s Courtney Duc also competed in the 100 hurdles, but didn’t qualify for the finals.

Etowah’s Allison Guebert finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 5-2. Teammate Leena Morris reached the podium in the shot put, with her throw of 42-3 good enough for fourth, but she had to settle for 14th in the discus.

In other finals Friday night, Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan finished 13th in the Class AAAAAA 3,200.

Scharich said Melehan was fighting through cramps during the last few laps, but he still thought it was a good showing for a sophomore.

“She had a great year and she will bounce back next year,” Scharich said. “She had some big (personal records), and just getting here was a step for her.”

River Ridge’s Hannah Saylor was ninth in the Class AAAA 1,600. Saylor entered the final stretch in seventh, but she was passed by a pair of runners and finished less than a second away from eighth.

River Ridge coach Barry Lakes said he was pleased with how his athletes performed. After one withdrew, he had three compete Friday.

Senior Alicia Rowan placed third in the high jump — despite only competing in the event for a few months. Rowan cleared 5-2, 4 inches shy of the winning mark of Marist’s Bailey Weiland.

Rowan’s finish was the highest a River Ridge athlete has ever achieved at the girls state meet.

“I’m very pleased,” Lakes said. “To have three of them go down and compete was great.”

Merideth Kunsman, who placed 16th in the shot put, was competing with an injured leg.

“She has had a boot on her foot all week,” Lakes said. “She even had a boot on (Friday) and had to take it off to throw and then put it back on.”
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