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Lady 'Cats place 4th at competitive McEachern Inv.

 

The McEachern Invitational Saturday in Powder Springs featured a pretty star-studded group of teams, with several Class 7A programs and traditionally strong athletic programs.

The Woodland High girls fit right in with the talent showcased at the event, finishing fourth out of 24 teams and just 0.5 points off of third-place Starr's Mill.

The boys didn't fare quite as well, but still had an impressive 15th-place finish in the loaded 23-team boys field.

Markal Brown was one of the few Wildcats to earn a top-10 finish in an event, and he did it three times. He placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 5.5 inches. He also finished 10th out of 40 competitors in the 200-meter dash, and fourth in the 400 at a time of 50.84 seconds.

The best event for the boys, as has often been the case over the years for the program, was the pole vault. Freshman Jimmy Davis and Tommy Duke placed second and third, respectively, each with a height of 13 feet.

The success by the boys pole vaulters was matched by the girls in the 3200-meter run, where McKenna Trapheagen and Lindsay Scifers placed first and second, respectively. Trapheagen came in at a time of 11:28 and Scifers finished at 12:08.

The only other event Woodland won was the 4x800-meter relay. Not only did the Lady Wildcats win the event with a time if 10:06.73, but it was more than 22 seconds faster than the second-place relay team.

With such a good 4x800 relay team, naturally Woodland had some strong individual performers in the 800. Baylee Evans placed ninth and Carli Clymer finished eighth in the event.

It was far from the only event Clymer performed well in, as she also placed second in the 1600 out of 31 competitors with a time of 5:17. Tess Cochran placed seventh in the same event, just 11 seconds slower than Clymer. Clymer also was on the 10th-place 4x400 relay team along with Micayla Moffitt, Evans and Bella Carnes.

In the girls field events, Karson Norris and Skylar Chappell were the top finishers. Norris took sixth out of 21 in the pole vault with a height of 8 feet, 6 inches. Chappell, meanwhile, finished fourth out of 39 competitors in the discus throw with a distance of 108 feet, 2 inches.

Woodland's next meet will be the Region 7-AAAAA championships at Rome on Thursday.

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