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Creekview’s Makena Gates finished as runner-up in the 3,200 meters at the Class AAAAAA state track and field championships in Carrollton.

CARROLLTON – The River Ridge girls and Creekview boys led the way among Cherokee County teams Saturday in the Class AAAAAA track and field state championships at Grisham Stadium.

River Ridge led the local girls contingent with a 12th-place finish of 17 points, while Sequoyah (13) was 20th and Creekview (12.50) placed 23rd.

Creekview was the top local boys team, finishing 14th with 15 points. Sequoyah (35th, 4) and River Ridge (41th, 1) were further behind.

The River Ridge girls had the strongest performances among the local contingent Saturday. Mataya Gayle finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.63 seconds, while the Lady Knights placed fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:00.52).

Gayle finished behind Westlake’s Madyson Wilson (42.22), Wheeler’s Allyria McBride (42.53) and Lovejoy’s Tia Williams (43.88).

River Ridge placed fourth in the 1,600 relay behind Buford (3:47.67), Westlake (3:54.96) and Alexander (3:57.83).

The Sequoyah girls also got some strong performances from Ally Johnson in the 400 (sixth, 57.79), the 400 relay (sixth, 48.36), Mya McRae in the 100 (eighth, 12.28) and Isabella Castillo in the 300 hurdles (eighth, 46.38).

Creekview’s Jackson Weeks was the lone Cherokee County boys athlete to have qualified for one of Saturday’s running event finals, finishing eighth in the 300 hurdles (41.93).

Cherokee athletes had even more success in the distance events, which were held on the first two days of the meet.

Leading the way among the local distance contingent was Creekview’s Makena Gates, who finished runner-up in the girls 3,200 run Friday. Gates finished with a time of 10:59.72, placing behind Pope’s Sophie Boice (10:53.66).

Gates also placed fifth in the 1,600 (5:10.94).

Gates’ brother and Creekview teammate, Bryson, also finished on the medal podium with a third-place finish in the boys 3,200 Friday with a time of 9:21.54. He was behind only Dacula’s Ben Butcher (9:20.08) and Rome’s Patrick Motes (9:20.63).

River Ridge’s Ciara Miles also did well in the girls distance events, finishing sixth in the 3,200 (11:21.33) and seventh in the 1,600 (5:18.09), while teammate Dylan Hassett was eighth in the boys 1,600 (4:21.66) and the Lady Knights placed seventh in the girls 3,200 relay (9:53.37).

In Thursday’s field events, Sequoyah’s Alex Kendall finished fifth in the boys pole vault (14 feet), while McRae was seventh in the girls long jump (17-3) and Creekview’s Fiona Washburn placed eighth in the pole vault (9-6).

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