In the end, it was the Woodland boys who came out on top with 77 points to Cartersville’s 76, giving the Wildcats a sweep in both the boys and girls competitions.
“It was fairly close. We just kind of pulled it out at the end,” Woodland head coach David Holloway said of the meet. “We had a lot of personal bests and we finished the meet. With the cold weather, we’ve been having some muscle strains and all that.
“We’re gradually getting better and better throughout the year.”
The boys competition came down to the 4x400 relay, the last event. Cartersville needed to have each of its top two teams come in first and second in order to win the meet. Both Cartersville teams were in the lead heading into the final leg of the race. It was then that Woodland’s Bryce Marratta passed both Cartersville teams before eventually finishing second, giving Woodland the one-point lead in the overall standings.
“It was a very good competition,” Holloway said. “It was actually very exciting.”
The Cartersville boys beat Woodland twice earlier in the year. However, Woodland has improved, finishing last in the team’s first meet and third last week at Gordon Central before this first-place finish.
Woodland received first-place performances from DaMek Lewis in the discuss and Marratta in the pole vault.
Lewis finished second in the shot put to Aja Morris of Cass, who recorded a distance of 44 feet, 11.25 inches.
Cass also received a first-place finish from Ray Varnum, who won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 9.5 inches. Fellow Colonel Keylon Woodard took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 8.5 inches.
The high jump belonged to Cass’ Walter Brown, who jumped 6 feet, 5 inches, seven inches higher than the second-place finisher, Cartersville’s Hakeem Winters.
Miller Forristall helped Cartersville take first in the 400 with a time of 52.13 seconds.
Adairsville’s Marquel Lane gave the Tigers their only first in the boys events as he ran a time of 11.03 seconds in the 100.
Brown put Cass back up top of the leader board in the 110 hurdles as he finished with a time of 15.81.
Woodland finished first in the 4x100 relay, followed by Cartersville and Adairsville.
Jaison Morning was the only boys runner to win two individual track events as he finished first in both the 1600 and 3200.
Cass finished third and Adairsville came in fourth in the boys events.
On the girls’ side, Cass’ Hayley Gildersleeve won the girls shot put with a distance of 33 feet, 0.5 inches. Woodlands Haley Bishop then took the discus with a throw of 88 feet, 1 inch.
Meanwhile, Katie Harris continued Woodland’s success as she won the 400.
Cartersville’s Blake Perry then won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.32 seconds. She followed it up by winning the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 9 inches.
In the long jump, Woodland took the top two spots thanks to Aubri Branch and Sydney Boyd, who finished first and second, respectively.
Idraiah Thompson then continued Woodland’s strong day with a first-place time in the 100 with a time of 12.69 seconds.
Thompson also won the 200 with a time of 27.19 seconds.
Harris would then add another first-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 31 seconds.
Cartersville’s Anna Hightower narrowly edged out Harris to win the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches.
Hightower added to her first-place finish total in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches.
Woodland then racked up first-place finishes in the 3200 and 1600 with Catie Camron winning each. The Lady Wildcats also won in the 100 relay.
Cartersville finished second, Cass third and Adairsville fourth in the girls events.