POWDER SPRINGS — The Cherokee girls and Woodstock boys earned top honors among local teams following the Class AAAAAAA track and field state championships Saturday at McEachern.
The Lady Warriors scored 26 points and tied Lowndes for 10th overall, while Etowah tied Archer for 14th with 19 points.
Walton tallied 55 points to edge Peachtree Ridge (51) for the girls title, with Campbell (50), Hillgrove (48) and McEachern (45) rounding out the top five.
Woodstock recorded 16 points and tied South Forsyth for 14th. Cherokee (14.5) was 17th and Etowah (14) finished 18th.
Alpharetta won the boys crown with 62 points, followed by Marietta (60), Harrison (55), McEachern (52) and Lowndes (38).
“I thought our team did a phenomenal job with such a small group of individuals,” Woodstock coach Wakely Louis said. “We had a disappointing shortened 2020 season, but the kids responded this year with a vengeance. They worked hard all summer, and some of our cross country kids came out, so it was a successful season.
“We have a new coaching staff with sprint coach Kylon Drones, girls head coach Maisie Slomkowski and middle distance and distance coach Tasha Sumner. Those guys did a great job helping run events and putting kids where they needed to be.”
Woodstock’s Will Sumner captured the state title in the boys 400 with a time of 47.26 seconds. He returned later in the afternoon to finish seventh in the 200 (22.51). Joseph Mines placed seventh in the 800 in 1:58.87.
“Will Sumner is such a great runner,” Louis said. “He has a great work ethic and he’s a born leader. He’s one of the first guys out there ready to practice and one of the last guys to leave practice. I’m so proud and excited for him. He ran a great race, and his state championship is a well-deserved honor for him.”
Cherokee’s Adarrius Harshaw finished runner-up in the boys long jump with a leap of 22-3.75.
Etowah’s Meg Lance finished as the state runner-up in the girls 800 with a time of 2:17.67, while Cherokee’s Lexi Pavese was second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:06.90 and Skylar Harrelson was second in the long jump with a leap of 18-4.5.