Unlike the region meets, there are no preliminaries. Each event has 16 qualifiers, with a varying amount advancing to the state championships.
In most running events, the top two finishers in each of two heats move on, along with next four top finishers. In field events, as well as the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, the top eight finishers advance.
Woodstock, the winner of the Region 5AAAAAA girls title, will have at least one participant in nearly every event of the Class AAAAAA sectional at Roswell, which began Friday with a limited number of events.
The Lady Wolverines will have Arielle Hunter and Liz Hamilton in the 400, and Kennedy Whiting in the 100. In hurdles, Maya Ramsey qualified, along with Cherokee’s Courtney Duc. Hunter and Ramsey will also run in the 200.
The Woodstock girls will also have two compete in the long jump, as Hamilton and Hannah Frantz both qualified. Alexandra Melehan will run in the 3,200.
Etowah’s Hannah Keith was the top qualifier in the girls pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, 7 inches. She will be joined by teammate Sydney Brim.
Etowah’s Leena Morris, who competed Friday in the discus, will compete in the shot put, along with Ramsey.
Savannah Smith will represent Etowah in the 800, while Allison Guebert will run the 300 hurdles.
The boys shot put will feature Etowah’s Chandler Steele and Cherokee teammates Talley Redmond and Brandon Hrouda.
Woodstock’s Reagan Amos will compete in the 100, while Kylon Drones and Justin Jones will run the 110 hurdles. Drones will also compete in the 300 hurdles
Also competing are Cherokee’s Andrew Harris (long jump, 200) and Woodstock’s J.C. Cornett (3,200) and Owen Bailey (3,200)
The Class AAAAA Sectional at Starr’s Mill will feature a handful of athletes from Creekview and Sequoyah.
Several will compete in two or more events, including Creekview’s Mary Kellan Carr (discus, shot put), Anna Dunn (pole vault, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Nathan Pelletier (discus, shot put). Sequoyah’s Cara Wallace (discus, shot put) and Derrion Rakestraw (high jump, long jump) are also represented twice.
Also competing from Creekview are Camille Fahrnbauer (high jump), Kyle Kampovski (pole vault), Maya Scott (triple jump), Rachel Garabedian (3,200) and Hunter Carter (800).
Others competing from Sequoyah include: Tori Gregg (400), Katrice Tolbert (100), D.J. Austin (100) and Alea Johnson (800)
Sequoyah also qualified a boys 400 relay team.
River Ridge is sending more than a dozen athletes to the Class AAAA Sectional at Carrollton.
Among them are Alicia Rowan (high jump), Halei Rich (high jump), Michelle Friesz (long jump, triple jump), Merideth Kunsman (shot put) and Austin Dillard (shot put).
Hannah Saylor and Joe Mays were the sixth seeds in the girls and boys 1,600. Saylor also qualified in the 800, while Mays will run the 3,200.
Austin Terrell will compete in the 100, while Josh Schulz runs the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Other qualifiers include Dennisah Francis (800), Timothy Hooper (800) and Kali Kimball (3,200). The Lady Knights will also have a team in the 1,600 relay.