Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich said he knew the girls had a good shot at winning because the squad was deep, but the boys race would be closer.
“It was pretty much what we thought would happen,” Scharich said. “We were a little bit behind in the field events but made up for it.”
The Lady Wolverines benefited from a sweep in the long jump and some solid relay and hurdle performances, as they tallied 173 points. Etowah finished second with 111 points followed by Creekview (97.5), Sequoyah (56.50), River Ridge (31) and Cherokee (25).
Liz Hamilton won the long jump by a little over an inch. Teammates Hannah Frantz and Colleen Cromer finished second and third, respectively.
The Lady Wolverines placed first and fourth in the 400-meter relay, sandwiching Creekview and Sequoyah.
In the 1,600 relay Woodstock teams placed first and third, with a team from Creekview second.
Woodstock’s Maya Ramsey won the 100 hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles.
Creekview’s Anna Dunn was named the girls athlete of the meet. She won the pole vault and 300 hurdles and also competed on two relay teams.
Etowah’s Hannah Keith was second in the pole vault, followed by Sequoyah’s Alexa Johnson.
Etowah’s Leena Morris also had a solid day in the throwing events, winning the discus and the shot put.
In the discus, Cherokee’s Alexa Gualtieri finished second, followed by River Ridge’s Olivia Reeves.
In the shot put, it was Creekview’s Mary Kellan Carr taking second, followed by Ramsey.
In the triple jump, Etowah’s Allison Guebert took first, followed by Maya Scott and Hannah Frantz. Guebert also won the high jump.
Etowah’s Kingsley Green won the 3,200 run, while Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan and Morgan O’Toole finished second and third.
It was the same three atop the standings in the 1,600. This time, Melehan took the title, followed by Green and O’Toole.
Etowah’s Savannah Smith won the 800 run.
The Lady Wolverines ended up with three of the top four places in the 400 and 200 dashes. In the 400 it was Woodstock’s Arielle Hunter with the win, followed by Sequoyah’s Tori Gregg. Liz Hamilton and Colleen Cromer, both of Woodstock, rounded out the top four.
Hunter also won the 200. Sequoyah’s Katrice Tolbert took second, followed by Woodstock’s Liz Hamilton and Kennedy Whiting.
Tolbert won the 100, followed by Cherokee’s Courtney Duc and Creekview’s Amber Lockette.
The standings were much closer on the boys side.
Woodstock’s 134 points were just enough to edge Cherokee (126). Etowah finished third with 84 points, followed by Creekview (62), Sequoyah (56) and River Ridge (32).
Scharich said the boys never got the lead until the 15th of 16 events — the 1,600.
“We got the lead there for the first time in the whole meet and then were able to hold on through the (1,600 relay),” he said. “I knew Cherokee was going to be tough. They were up 116-106 and then we had the 1,600. We ended up going 1-2, and they didn’t have anything. That put us up 18 points going into the (1,600 relay) and we were able to hold on.”
The boys had to overcome a few miscues after dropping the baton in 400 relay and not scoring any points. They also came up short in several of the field events and had to rely on the hurdles to make up the difference.
River Ridge’s Austin Terrell was the winner in the 100. He edged out Etowah’s Brandon Engle and Sequoyah’s D.J. Austin.
In the 200, it was Cherokee’s Andrew Harris over Woodstock’s Reagan Amos. The Warriors picked up a few more points with Aaron Wright second, followed by Chris Vines.
In the 400, Wright edged out Sequoyah’s Dylan Carson, with Harris third.
Creekview’s Hunter Carter won the 800, with Etowah’s Garrett Metropol and Sam Donley in second and third.
Woodstock picked up some points in the distance events. J.C. Cornett and Owen Bailey took the top two spots in the 1,600, with Carter third.
In the 3,200, Cornett and Bailey were on top again, this time followed by a trio of Etowah runners — Brian Matthews, Michael Perona and Ross Gudger.
The Wolverines also fared well in the hurdles. In both the 110 and 300 distances, Kylon Drones and Justin Jones finished first and second. Etowah’s John Oliver was third in both events as well.
While Sequoyah won the 400 relay, Cherokee benefited from second- and fourth-place finishes. Etowah squeezed in at third.
Cherokee did win the 1,600 meter relay, but Woodstock took second, followed by Etowah.
Derrion Rakestraw stood out for Sequoyah. He won both the high jump and the long jump.
However, Cherokee’s athletes also fared well in both events. The Warriors saw Armony Parker take second in the high jump and Andrew Harris and Brittian Brown take second and third in the long jump.
Creekview’s Kyle Kampovski won the pole vault, when he cleared a mark 6 inches higher than Woodstock’s Chris Steele.
Drones earned second in the triple jump, followed by Cherokee’s Asher Davis and River Ridge’s Devontae’ McIntosh.
Drones was named the boys athlete of the meet.
In the throwing events, Creekview’s Nathan Pelletier performed well. He won the shot put and placed second in the discus. Cherokee’s Talley Redmond won the discus and Woodstock’s Alex Motsinger placed third.
Scharich said the meet was a good tuneup for the region and sectional meets — and eventually state.
“We want to just keep it going,” he said. “We host (the Region 5AAAAAA meet) on April 18-19. It was nice getting a warm day. That helped a lot. We can build from this and, hopefully, get some kids out to sectionals. It’s a tough region we are in.”