Marratta takes 2nd in pole vault at state
by Jason Greenberg
May 10, 2014 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thursday was a successful day for Bartow County track and field athletes as several Canes, Colonels and Wildcats placed highly in the field events at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson.

Woodland’s Bryce Marratta placed second in the pole vault and set a school record in the event, clearing 13 feet, 6 inches.

That mark was actually tied for the top spot in Class AAAAA with North Atlanta’s John Rudd, but Rudd cleared the height on his first attempt and Marratta did not do it until his second attempt, giving Rudd the tiebreaker.

“He was still happy because it was his best,” Woodland head coach David Holloway said. “If you do your best, no matter what the final result is, that’s all you can ask.”

Woodland’s DaMek Lewis placed sixth in the discus with a personal best throw of 143 feet, 5 inches.

Rounding out the day for the Wildcats was Tyler Heath, who placed eighth in the pole vault with a personal best vault of 12 feet, 6 inches.

“All three [Marratta, Lewis and Heath] had personal bests. You can’t ask much more from them,” Holloway said. “Everybody got on the podium. They peaked at the right time. Part of that is the training they’ve had.

“The girls came in second place in region, about what we were capable of, and the boys had a pretty good year,” Holloway said of the track season as it nears its conclusion. “The boys were fifth in the region and there’s a lot of fast people in the region.

“The fact that we did as well as we did was a testimony to how they did and how hard they worked.”

For Cass, Jaison Morning was the top finisher with a ninth place result in the 1600-meter run, which was the lone track event held Thursday. Morning also will be competing in the 3200.

Keylon Woodard placed 11th for the Colonels in the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet, 10 inches.

Walter Brown placed 14th overall in the high jump, clearing 6 feet.

Last week, at the girls state championships held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, Cass’ Hayley Gildersleeve placed ninth overall in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 10 inches.

Cartersville had one athlete place in the field events Thursday as Trevor Carlton recorded a distance of 124 feet in the discuss throw.

The track events are still taking place and will wrap up today at Memorial Stadium.