Woodland coach Adrian Steele admitted that the number 10 was very much on his mind after the conclusion of the Region 5-AAAAA track meet held at New Manchester.
“I kept thinking about the same 10 points over and over again that decided which girls team won,” Steele said. “We get those 10 points and the girls win the region.”
Instead, the Lady Wildcats finished second behind the Lady Jaguars, 111-101.
The additional 10 points would not have helped the Woodland boys who finished fourth with 70 points. Allatoona was first with 111 points, followed by North Paulding, 98, and New Manchester, 84.
“Allatoona dominated the boys, whereas we didn’t do as well as a team as I hoped,” Steele said. “Individually, our bright spots were delivered by C.J. [Woods], Qua [Stocks] for the boys and Lacey [Fritz] and Avory [Mayweather] for the girls.”
Fritz became the region champion with a throw of 101 feet, 1 inch in the discus. Mayweather won the shot put event with a toss of 32-5 feet, 5 inches. Woods ran the 100-meter dash in 10.73 to be crowned region champion. Stocks had a high jump of 6-4 to win the high jump.
The Wildcats’ coach also found satisfactions in that Woodland will have 22 members of the school’s track team heading to the sectionals that will be held at Starr’s Mill next Saturday. Schools from Region 1-AAAAA, 4-AAAAA, 5-AAAAA and 7-AAAAA will be competing. The top four finishers from each meet at the region meet qualified for the sectionals.
Heading to the sectionals for the Woodland boys will be Woods, Stocks, the boys’ 4x100 relay team of Jamai Smith, Johnathan Jackson, Quadre Allen and Woods, and the 4x400 relay team of Devon Mitchell, Bryce Marratta, Jackson and Woods.
For the girls, they will be represented at the sectionals by Fritz, Idraiah Thompson, Mayweather, Samantha Patterson, Sydney Shepard, Briana Brown, Katie Harris, Ariana Lovins, Aubri Branch, and the girls’ 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Branch, Jasmine Askew, Zaria Pressley and Thompson make up the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.