A handful of athletes from Ringgold and LFO High Schools' track teams will head to Atlanta's Pace Academy on Saturday, April 29 for the Class AAA state sectionals after qualifying at the Region 6-AAA meet in Calhoun on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Annabelle Duckett will carry the banner for the Lady Tigers as she qualified in three separate events. Duckett was second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.48), third in the 300 hurdles (53.57) and fourth in the high jump (4-8).
Several other of Ringgold's girls advanced to the finals, but failed to nab a top four finish. Zoey Butler was fifth in the 100 and 200. Morgan Allen was fifth in the high jump. Lane Cates placed fifth in the 800 and eighth in the 1600, while Angel Butler was eighth in the 400.
The 4x100 relay team placed sixth, while the 4x400 team was seventh.
LFO's girls got a second-place finish from Jerrielle Jackson in the long jump (16-2) and a third-place finish by Jazzmyn Elston in the 100 hurdles (18.04). Jackson and Elston teamed with Shaniyah Jones and Jerrian Jackson - along with Ateana Copeland and Gabby Ware - to place fourth in the 4x100 (52.82).
Macey Gregg was fourth in the 3200 (13:25, while Gregg, Jones and the Jacksons - along with Copeland and Ware - to place fourth in the 4x400 (4:33).
Jerrielle Jackson was sixth in the 200, while Elston was eighth in the long jump. Anna Rountree placed ninth in the discus.
Bremen (176) ran away from the rest of the girls' field, amassing 176 points. Haralson County (91) came in second, while Sonoraville and Calhoun (88) finished tied for third. Ringgold (45) was fifth, followed by Coahulla Creek (42), LFO (33), Murray County (25), Adairsville (24) and North Murray (1).
On the boys' side, Pete Brower is headed to Atlanta after the Ringgold 400-meter runner placed second (52.18) in the finals. He later teamed with Bryton McCann, Davantae Kimble and Joey Collins to take second in the 4x400 (3:38). Kimble was third in the high jump (5-10). Jared Dunn was fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.04), while McCann, Brower, Jordan Preston and Dee King placed third in the 4x100 (45.11).
Advancing to the finals, but failing to qualify were Nick Parker in the 800 (fifth), Dunn in the 300 hurdles (seventh) and Jamie Basham in the 3200 (seventh) and the 1600 (eighth).
Lee McCracken will represent the LFO boys in the discus at sectionals after his throw of 123-5 was good enough for a third-place finish.
Nick Culpepper just missed out after he placed fifth in the shot put. Also making the event finals was Austin Willingham in the 200 (sixth), Ruddy Ware in the long jump (ninth), Nathan Goodale in the 1600 (10th) and Willingham, Ware, Williams and Drew Woodard in the 4x100 (10th).
Calhoun won the championship with 164 points, while Bremen took runner-up honors with 110 points. Sonoraville (84) was third, followed by Coahulla Creek (57), Adairsville (56), Murray County (51), Ringgold (42), Haralson County (29), LFO (13) and North Murray (7).