Fahrnbauer, Morris claim state titles
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
May 03, 2014 04:05 AM | 1285 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cherokee County has two more state champions after the second day of the girls track and field championships Friday in Albany.

Creekview’s Camille Fahrnbauer claimed the title in the Class AAAAA high jump, while Etowah’s Leena Morris narrowly missed the title in the Class AAAAAA discus, only to claim the title in shot put.

It took three trips of the Class AAAAA state meet to do it, but Fahrnbauer finally has her high jump title. The junior reached the state meet as a freshman and a sophomore, but he finished just shy of the title.

In her third trip, Fahrnbauer would not be denied.

She cleared the bar at 5 feet, 4 inches, beating Mount Zion-Jonesboro’s Imani Carmouche by 2 inches.

In the discus, Morris’ fourth throw of the day traveled 137-11 to put her atop the standings, but her the top competitors had two more attempts remaining.

Morris threw 132-1 on her next attempt, while Johns Creek’s Hayden Merrick bested her with a throw of 142-8. Both Morris and Merrick both fouled on their final attempts, and their results stood.

In the shot put, it was once again Morris and Merrick fighting for the top of the podium. This time, Morris claimed the win with her throw of 41-9, besting Merrick by 2½ feet.

Also competing Friday were Sequoyah’s Kennedy Williams and Alexa Johnson in the pole vault.

Johnson tied Allatoona’s Emma Batch for second after clearing the bar at 9-6. Williams placed eighth in the event, behind the champion, Woodland-Bartow’s Samantha Patterson (10-6).

In the 3,200-meter run, Etowah’s Kingsley Green finished in 11 minutes, 4.04 seconds, which was good for fifth place. Placing seventh with a time of 11:09.57 was Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan.

Etowah’s Savannah Smith competed in the first preliminary heat of the 800 run, finishing fourth and qualifying for today’s final. She finished the race in 2:18.14, a little more than 2 seconds behind the top qualifier, Tri-Cities’ Tatyana Hodnett.

Woodstock’s Arielle Hunter competed in preliminaries for the 400, but she failed to advance to the finals today.

Etowah was third in the Class AAAAAA team standings with 22 points, but with no more active athletes, the Lady Eagles cannot gain ground. Creekview (10) was 10th in Class AAAAA.

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