Pelletier’s throw of 47 feet, 11 inches was nearly 7 feet short of the mark by North Paulding’s Josh Whitener, who won the event, but no Creekview athlete has ever placed that high in the shot put.
“That is our highest finish in the school’s short history,” Creekview track coach Tim Smyrl said. “We are pretty happy about that.”
Smyrl said Pelletier had been battling a wrist strain since right before the Region 7AAAAA meet, which made the finish at state even more impressive.
“He had thrown his personal best in a makeup meet at River Ridge and has been fighting through an injury since then,” Smyrl said. “He managed to hold his position going into state. Considering the situation, we are pretty happy with his finish with the way he fought through this injury.”
Pelletier’s day didn’t end as it started. He didn’t place in the discus, and though he was disappointed with his finish, Pelletier was still pleased with the day.
“It didn’t end the way I would have liked,” he said, “but I’m still pleased with going to state and placing in the shot put.”
Woodstock’s Kylon Drones was the only other county athlete to place on the opening day of the meet when he finished sixth in the Class AAAAAA triple jump. On his first attempt, Drones jumped 44-6, but he was unable to improve on it in his other four attempts.
Drones failed to qualify in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles Friday.
Also on the first day of the meet, Cherokee’s Talley Redmond and Tunde Ayinla competed in the Class AAAAAA discus, but both struggled and failed to place
Sequoyah’s Derrion Rakestraw competed in the Class AAAAA high jump, but did not place. His jump of 6-2 could have tied him for sixth place, but he lost a series of tiebreakers.
In preliminary action Friday, Creekview’s Hunter Carter fell just shy of qualifying for the 800 run in Class AAAAA. His time of 1 minute, 59.75 seconds was .18 seconds slower the final qualifier.
Meanwhile, Sequoyah’s 400 relay team of D.J. Austin, Stuart Glassic, Blake Ingleton and Matthew Weier qualified seventh with a time of 43.51 seconds and will compete in the finals today.
In the lone running final Friday, the 3,200, River Ridge’s Joe Mayes — the school’s only representative in Jefferson — ran 10:03 and was 3 seconds shy of placing in Class AAAA.
In Class AAAAAA, Woodstock’s J.C. Cornett finished seventh in the 3,200 with a time of 9:31.94. Teammate Owen Bailey failed to place.