Bartow County athletes earn state-placer finishes


The Adairsville girls track and field team finished tied for ninth in the Class 3A state meet thanks to the strength of Nakiyah Washington and Josie Summerville.

The basketball duo each earned points in the shot put and Washington added a state-placer finish in the discus to account for all 19 of the Tigers' points earned in Albany.

Washington placed fifth in the discus and sixth in the shot put, while Summerville earned a second-place medal in the shot put with her throw of 37 feet, 1 inch.

On the boys side, Daylon Bailey finished 12th in the 100-meter prelims. He combined with Travon Branch, Ethan Belcher and Derrick Simmons for a 14th-place showing in the 4x100 prelims.

The Cass boys finished in 15th place at the 5A state meet in Carrollton.

Stephen Smith brought home the only track and field state title of the season to Bartow County with his victory in the pole vault. It took him just one attempt to clear 14 feet, which ultimately proved the difference in a tightly contested event.

Tavares Varnum more than aided the Colonels' cause with a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches.

For the girls, Chanel Clemmons landed in seventh place after landing her shot put 37 feet, 7 inches on her final attempt. Kyler Trouten finished just off the podium in ninth place in the high jump.

Carli Clymer claimed a pair of top-five finishes to help the Woodland girls team place 11th overall. She crossed the line in fourth in the 800-meter run and wound up fifth in the 1600 after a disqualification ahead of her.

Karson Norris (second) and Brooke Cooper (seventh) each had point-earning finishes in the pole vault. McKenna Trapheagen was sixth in the 3200 with teammate Lindsey Scifers crossing in 13th.

Jonathan Holloway and Markal Brown placed 13th in the boys 800-meter run and long jump, respectively. They both also were part of the Wildcats' 4x400 relay team, along with Jeven Reliford and Dustin Ivie, that finished 11th in the prelims.

Tommy Duke earned all five of Woodland's points with his fourth-placed finish in the pole vault.

In the 4A meet in Rome, Cartersville's London Shaw landed among the top eight in the discus and the shot put. Her 108 feet, 7 inch discus throw earned her eighth place, while her 38 feet, 7 inch shot put was good enough to finish third.

The junior earned all of the girls team points, which put the Canes in 26th place. Kayla Carpenter placed 16th in the prelims for the 800-meter run.

Nick Bebko was the only Cartersville male representative and produced a fifth-placed finish in the pole vault. He cleared 12 feet, 6 inches to earn four points, good enough to put the Canes in a tie for 27th.