Woodstock, Cherokee win titles
by Emily Horos
March 23, 2014 04:01 AM | 5912 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brandon Hrouda placed top-five in both the discus and the shot put, helping Cherokee get past Woodstock for the boys team title in Saturday’s county meet
<BR>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Brandon Hrouda placed top-five in both the discus and the shot put, helping Cherokee get past Woodstock for the boys team title in Saturday’s county meet
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock girls defended their title, while the Cherokee boys beat the reigning-champion Wolverines on Saturday in the Cherokee County Track and Field Championships at River Ridge.

The Lady Wolverines scored points in every event, except for the pole vault, in order to secure the title with 136 points. Finishing second was Etowah (110) followed by Sequoyah (95), River Ridge (56.5), Creekview (55) and Cherokee (41.5).

Woodstock coach Kirk Scharich was pleased with the girls’ win, but he added that the boys’ loss was hard to take.

“I knew the boys would be close, but I guess we were just a little too thin in some areas,” Scharich said. “I guess the throws hurt us. Still, this is a good title for the girls and they should be proud of it.”

Not only did the Woodstock girls — which had just 12 athletes at the meet — place in almost every event, they won six. Arielle Hunter claimed the title in the 200- and 400- meter runs, while Amanda Buckles was a double-winner in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Other Woodstock winners included Kennedy Whiting (100 dash) and Hannah Frantz (long jump). Whiting also finished second behind Hunter in the 200 meters.

The Lady Wolverines performed well in the relays, taking second in both. At 400, Jessica Alexander, Buckles, Hunter and Whiting teamed up. At 1,600, Alexander, Frantz, Hunter and Whiting placed second behind Creekview’s team of Lauren Johnson, Katie Creger, Doraly Blanton and Camille Fahrnbauer.

One area of disappointment for Woodstock was in the distance races, where Alexandra Melehan led for most of the 3,200 and 1,600, only to be passed late by Etowah’s Kingsley Green. Melehan settled for third in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200.

Morgan O’Toole also competed in the middle-distance races for Woodstock, taking third in the 800 and second in the 1,600.

Hannah Braxton placed third in the high jump, while Alexander and Frantz took second and third in the triple jump. Kennedy Montgomery placed sixth in both the shot put and discus.

While the Woodstock girls got the team glory, Creekview was able to take away a small prize when Fahrnbauer was named the most outstanding athlete of the girls meet.

Placing in three individual events and two relays, she contributed 26 points to the Lady Grizzlies’ total of 55. Fahrnbauer placed second in the 400 run and 300 hurdles, while winning the high jump title and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay team.

Etowah’s Leena Morris won both the shot put and discus.

Other winners included Etowah’s Savannah Smith (800), Sequoyah’s Alexa Johnson (pole vault) and Emily Geoghagan (triple jump) and the Sequoyah 400 relay team of Geoghagan, Brooke Seabolt, Katrice Tolbert and Kennedy Williams, which claimed victory by a slim .01 seconds.

In the boys standings, Cherokee (167) locked up the title by finishing with teams placing second and fourth in the final event of the day, the 1,600 relay. Woodstock (142) took second, followed by Etowah (80), Sequoyah (74), River Ridge (26) and Creekview (5).

The Warriors had multiple athletes place in several events, such as the long jump. In that event Andrew Harris won, while Jordan Freeman finished fifth and Asher Davis sixth. The story was similar in the shot put, where Travis Head and Dwayne Tiller finished second and third behind Sequoyah’s Daniel McKune.

In the discus, Etowah’s Chandler Steele won the title, but Cherokee cleaned up the points with Jeremiah Morris, Brandon Hrouda and Travis Head placing 3-4-5.

Coach Charley Ingram wasn’t surprised by the way the Cherokee boys performed.

“We have a lot of athletic talent around our building,” he said. “I think, in a lot of respects, people overlook what’s around them. We know about the Andrew Harrises and Brandon Hroudas, but there is the next level of guys that get overlooked.”

After the field events, Cherokee held a narrow lead over Woodstock, but the Warriors’ cushion grew through the relays and sprints.

Cherokee performed well in the 200 dash, with Andrew Harrison winning and Chris Vines finishing third. In between them was Woodstock’s Reagan Amos, who won the title in the 100 dash, and event Harris and Vines finished second and third in.

The Warriors swept the top two places in the 400 run, with Ryan Worsham beatime teammate Aaron Wright. Montrell Washington finished fourth to give Cherokee three of the top four spots in the event.

Woodstock won the 400 relay title, but Cherokee scored with relays placing second and fifth to equal the number of points that the Wolverines gained by winning the title.

The story was similar in the 1,600 relay team. The Wolverines’ team of Amos, Kylon Drones, Sharron Gates and Deante Robinson edged Cherokee’s team of Vines, Washington, Worsham and Harris by less than a half-second, but Cherokee more than made up for the points when its “B” team finished fourth in the event.

In the longer races, Woodstock had the edge. John Baumgartner won the 800, followed by River Ridge’s Nathan Trottier, who cut several seconds off of his time and place second despite running in a different heat than Baumgartner. Sequoyah’s Christopher Costa took third.

Woodstock was carried in distance events by Owen Bailey, who swept the 1,600 and 3,200 titles. Costa took second in the 3,200, followed by Cherokee’s Tayler Scarbough, while Etowah’s Michael Perona and Ross Gudger were second and third in the 1,600.

In the hurdles, Drones dominated with a pair of titles. When he crossed the finish line in the 300, all of the other racers were still approaching the final hurdle.

Other title-winners included Woodstock’s Khalil Muhammad (high jump) and Chris Steele (pole vault).

Drones was named the most outstanding athlete of the boys meet. In addition to his hurdle titles, he won the triple jump ahead of River Ridge’s Devontae McIntosh and Cherokee’s Davis.

“We did well,” Scharich said. “We swept the distance, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. We won the hurdles and swept the relays. We just have to keep plugging away and get a little bit better.”
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