Each of the three regions that have teams in Cherokee County will hold their meets in the next few days.
The top four finishers in each event will advance to the sectional meets set for April 27 at Roswell (Class AAAAAA), Starr’s Mill (AAAAA) and Carrollton (AAAA).
Region 7AAAAA, which includes Creekview and Sequoyah, began its meet Wednesday night at Creekview. It will continue on Friday.
While Kell and Pope are expected to dominate the girls portion of the meet, Creekview should advance a few athletes to sectionals. Among the favorites is Anna Dunn (pole vault, hurdles).
In the boys meet, Pope and Sprayberry are the frontrunners. Pope is solid in the distance races, while Sprayberry has several talented sprinters. Among the local favorites are Creekview’s Hunter Carter (1,600) and Nathan Pelletier (discus) and Sequoyah’s D.J. Austin (100), Austin Edwards (pole vault) and Derrion Rakestraw (long jump).
Region 5AAAAAA will begin its meet at Woodstock today, with competition concluding Friday.
The Woodstock girls have a strong chance to win the team title, but they will be challenged by Milton, Etowah, Roswell and Walton — all of whom field competitive teams. Not only that, but a strong showing from Lassiter, Wheeler or Cherokee could easily sway the standings.
Woodstock’s Maya Ramsey (100, 200) and Arielle Hunter (200) are expected to excel in their events, while the 400 relay and 1,600 relay teams have also found success in previous meets.
Favorites from Etowah include Hannah Keith (pole vault) and Leena Morris (shot put, discus).
Courtney Duc of Cherokee is another favorite in the 100-meter dash.
In the boys meet, Woodstock has the best chance of winning a title for Cherokee County. However, Roswell, Walton and Wheeler won’t let the Wolverines get the title easily.
Wheeler’s Adel Yoonis is expected to defend his title in the middle-distance races, while Roswell is strong in the field events. Woodstock’s best chance to score points may be in the hurdles, where Kylon Drones and Justin Jones will be key players.
Other local competitors to watch include Etowah’s Brandon Engle (200) and Chandler Steele (shot put), Cherokee’s Talley Redmond (shot put, discus) and Armony Parker (high jump) and Woodstock’s J.C. Cornett (1,600).
River Ridge will compete in the Region 7AAAA meet today and Friday at Dalton.
In the boys competition, River Ridge is expected to challenge Northwest Whitfield and Cass for the region title, while the girls are expected to battle Dalton and Northwest Whitfield.
Among the favorites for the River Ridge boys are Joe Mays (1,600, 3,200), Austin Terrell (100, 200), Josh Schultz (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Austin Bennett (shot put, discus) and Austin Dillard (shot put, discus).
Key competitors for the girls include Morgan Bone (100, 200), Emma Burke (long jump, triple jump), Dennisah Francis (400, 800), Michelle Friesz (long jump, triple jump), Kali Kimball (3,200), Merideth Kunsman (shot put), Chidi Ojukwu (100, 200), and Hannah Saylor (800, 1,600).