A good first day of the Region 5-AAAA track meet Wednesday saw the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes send six athletes off to sectionals even before most of the running events had their finals.
A winning performance by London Shaw in the girls shot put was the headliner, putting Shaw in a great position for sectionals. She threw 36 feet, 6 1/4 inches to beat her closest competition by over two feet.
Other sectional qualifiers included two Lady Canes in the 1600, the one track event with its final Wednesday.
Kayla Carpenter took third and teammate Vanna Beach was right behind her in fourth as the Lady Canes duo clinched the last two qualifying spots.
Two other qualifiers came in the jumps for Cartersville.
Asariah Hill jumped 32 feet, 9 1/2 inches to easily take third in the girls triple jump.
Keonte Jackson, meanwhile, eked out third in a closely-contested boys high jump, with his leap of 6 feet, 1 inch only three inches out of first and one inch away from taking second.
Jackson’s fellow Cane Kaleb Chatman was just edged for the last qualifying spot in the event, as he reached 6 feet even but took more attempts to do so than Cedartown’s Trevon Wofford.
Chatman should still make sectionals in the 200, as his 23.58 prelim time had him in second heading to the finals.
The last sectional qualifier for the Canes came in the throws, as Nick Root went 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches in the boys shot put to take fourth and advance.
Most of the region running finals will take place today, while sectionals will be April 29 at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell.