Woodstock girls clinch first region track title
by Adam Carrington
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Hannah Braxton and her Woodstock teammates made history Friday, with the Lady Wolverines winning a region championship for the first time.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Hannah Braxton and her Woodstock teammates made history Friday, with the Lady Wolverines winning a region championship for the first time.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock girls made history Friday night, clinching their first region track and field championship — and at the Wolverine Den no less.

The Lady Wolverines scored 127 points to win the Region 5AAAAAA title. They held off Roswell, which took second place ay 105. Lassiter (85) was third and Etowah (83) fell to fourth despite a great showing in the field events. Milton was fifth with 78.

The Woodstock boys topped the Cherokee teams by taking fourth place with 70 points, behind Roswell (160.50, Walton (104) and Wheeler (78). Cherokee took sixth overall Etowah eighth.

The Woodstock girls came to life in the running events, with Arielle Hunter and Maya Ramsey finishing 1-2 in the 200 meter dash with respective times of 26.32 and 26.41 seconds. Hunter also took second in the 400 (59.33).

Another major spark was Alexandra Melehan taking second in the 3,200 with a team-record time of 11:15.94, and the Lady Wolverines put an exclamation point on their title when their 1,600 relay set a team record by winning with a time of 4:10.25.

“I’m so happy that we won and beat the school record,” said Hunter, who anchored the 1,600 relay team.

Woodstock also clinched the 400 relay, clocking in at 50.22, and it was Kennedy Whiting’s second-place showing in the 100 (13.02) that put Woodstock in front for good.

Liz Hamilton (16 feet) and Hannah Frantz (15-0) were second and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Frantz was also third in the triple jump (33-3½).

“It’s a great feeling and great accomplishment for the Woodstock High School program,” Woodstock girls coach Rick Glasper said. “This is why you do it. I’m just so proud of girls for what they’ve done this year. There may be another region championship, but there will never be a first.”

Etowah took charge early, with Leena Morris winning the discus (106-9¾) and Allison Guebert claiming the high jump (5-2), but the Lady Eagles didn’t have as much success in the running events. Savannah Smith did take third in the 800 (2:23.76).

Kylon Drones won the triple jump (43-9¾) to help the Woodstock boys, then went on to claim the 110 hurdles (15.27). Woodstock also scored highly in the 3,200, with J.C. Cornett and Owen Bailey finishing third and fourth, respectively, with times of 9:42.48 and 9:46.60.

Other highlights were Cherokee’s Andrew Harris taking third in the 200 (23.2) and the Etowah boys finishing third in the 3,200 relay (8:40.08).
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