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Cartersville boys, Woodland girls finish tops in county meet

The Cartersville boys took home the first-place trophy from the Bartow County Championships, while host Woodland kept the top girls prize on site.

Thursday’s competition saw Cartersville lead the boys programs with 104 points. Woodland produced 61; Cass totaled 51; and Adairsville racked up 41.

The Wildcats topped the girls standings, finishing with 93 points. The runner-up Canes wound up with 72, while Cass (54 points) and Adairsville (34) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Cartersville won 11 of the 17 boys events. That included taking first in each of the three relays — 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800.

In the individual running events, Brittan Walker claimed first in the 100, Clayton Long earned the 400 title, Collin McCann topped the 1600 leaderboard and Sam Peters picked up a win in the 3200.

The Canes also emerged victorious in both hurdling events, as Eric Toviave won the 110 and Chris Ejieke edged Toviave in the 300. Cartersville’s other victories came in the pole vault, courtesy of Ben Camara, and in the discus, thanks to Jaylon Scott.

Woodland’s Olivia Berry and Rylee Evans finished 1-2 in the 1600 and 3200 to help boost the Wildcats. Speaking of boosting, Emmie Berry pole vaulted her way to a title, and Sydney Molinaro claimed the high jump crown.

Other wins for Woodland came from Kiconco Bassler in the 100 hurdles and the 4×100 team — that opened with Bassler and closed with Molinaro.

The Wildcats saw John Forsyth (800) and Nick Bailey (shot put) pick up wins in boys events. Bailey added a runner-up showing in the discus.

While Elizabeth Nelson (800) managed the only individual win for the Cartersville girls, the Canes did win the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.

Kaitlyn Godwin put together a phenomenal performance for the Cass girls. The freshman finished first in the 100, 200 and 400.

Raziyah Ware also had a big day, as the junior won the discus and shot put. Teammate Tatianna Christian placed runner-up in both events.

Josh Varnum produced a win in the 200, while also coming in second in both the 100 and high jump.

Jashaun Brown Whatley earned first in the long jump. The sophomore placed second and third in the 110 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

Kayli Hilburn led the Adairsville girls, winning the triple jump and 300 hurdles. Amya Arnold added a victory in the long jump.

On the boys side, Tre Mitchell (high jump) and Dylan Matthews (triple jump) earned first-place finishes for the Tigers.