Two area sophomores led the way for girl’s track teams as 16 local athletes scored points at the Georgia High School Association State Meets in Albany this season.
Darlington’s Stephanie Ward and Calhoun’s Sydnie Parker each grabbed top finishes in a couple of events in Albany. The two sophomores highlight the Rome News-Tribune All-Area Track Team First Team along with the other state scorers.
Ward finished as state runner-up in the Class A Private School 800 meters.
She also finished third in the 1600, fourth in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the Tigers’ 4x100 relay, which placed seventh at state, and the 4x400 relay, which finished fourth.
All told, the sophomore sensation scored 19 points individually for the Tigers and helped the relays add another nine points for Darlington.
Parker also showed an underclassman can perform strong with a state runner-up finish in the Class AA 400 meters. She also placed fifth in the 200 and eighth in the triple jump at state.
Gordon Central’s Kara Evans finished as state runner-up in the shot put, 800 and 200 in the Wheelchair Division for the Warriors, helping the team grab a second-place overall finish.
Several area athletes had strong field-event performances in Albany as well.
Calhoun’s Tamia Wade placed third in the Class AA high jump and also competed in the triple jump and the 4x100 relay for the Yellow Jackets at the state meet.
Sonoraville’s Gabby Romine finished her strong season with a third-place finish in the Class AAA pole vault for the Phoenix.
Freshman Jesse Burkhalter gave notice that she could be making waves for the next few years in the high jump by grabbing a fourth-place finish at the Class AA Meet for Pepperell.
Cedartown’s Arterial Boozer grabbed a fourth place finish in the Class 4A long jump for the Bulldogs.
ALL-AREA GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS
Stephanie Ward, Darlington — The sophomore finished second in the 800, third in the 1600 and fourth in the long jump at the Class A Private School State Meet. She also ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay team that placed seventh and the 4x400 relay that placed fourth in state.
Kara Evans, Gordon Central — Evans finished as state runner-up in the shot put, 800 and 200 in the wheelchair division. Her finishes helped give the Warriors second place in the meet.
Sydnie Parker, Calhoun — The sophomore finished as Class AA runner-up in the 400 meters and also placed fifth in the 200 and eighth in the triple jump at the state meet.
Arterial Boozer, Cedartown — Boozer finished fourth in the Class 4A triple jump for the Bulldogs.
Amy Broom, Armuchee — Broom placed eighth in the Class AA state high jump for the Indians,
Alex Quarles, Model — The freshman placed sixth in the Class AA Meet in the 3200 and eighth in the 1600.
Erin Putnam, Calhoun — The junior placed seventh in the Class AA 3200 and 13th in the 1600.
Blair Spector, Calhoun — The junior finished seventh in the discus at the Class AA Meet and also competed in the triple jump and 4x100 relay at state.
Tamia Wade, Calhoun — The junior placed third in the high jump at the Class AA Meet. She also competed in the 4x100 relay at state.
Heather Ortiz, Sonoraville – Ortiz placed sixth in the Class AAA pole vault and fifth in the 800 at state.
Gabby Romine, Sonoraville — Romine placed third in the Class AAA pole vault for the Phoenix.
Megan Hudson, Gordon Central — The freshman placed eighth in the Class AAA discus.
Paige Mavity, Darlington — The junior placed seventh in the Class A state pole vault.
Jacrisa Ware, Pepperell — Ware finished sixth in the Class AA long jump.
Jesse Burkhalter, Pepperell — The freshman finished fourth in the Class AA high jump.
Bri Henderson, Pepperell — Henderson finished fifth in the Class AA shot put.
Darlington’s 4x400 relay team — Kinslee Clevenger, Jade Cox, Emily Swafford and Stephanie Ward teamed to finish fourth in the event at the Class A Private School State Meet.
Adriana Hines, Pepperell
Carson Butler, Calhoun
Karen Valencia, Calhoun
Kristen Harris, Cedartown
Kierston Pace, Cedartown
Sidney Blackmon, Cedartown
Emily Swafford, Darlington
Kinslee Clevenger, Darlington
Lauren Hooper, Darlington
Jazlyn Green, Darlington
Shunterria Griffin, Rome
TaCoria Williams, Rome
Tara Ragland, Rome
Macy Wilbanks, Gordon Central
Nolan Swaim, Gordon Central
Lexi Beard , Pepperell
Deonna McClain, Coosa
Cheyenne Porter, Chattooga
Onterica Shelley, Model
Allison Acker, Armuchee
Gracie Frederick, Armuchee
Adei Attoh, Sonoraville
Mary Corbin, Coosa
Faith Brown, Coosa