Woodstock’s Will Sumner, Cherokee’s Skylar Harrelson and Creekview’s Makena Gates all earned top-five finishes at the Wingfoot Night of Champions last Saturday at Marietta High School.
The meet, organized by the Atlanta Track Club, pit state champions and other top-performing athletes from the 2021 season against on another. The event was an opportunity for athletes to compete against one another regardless of classification.
Sumner won the boys 400- meter run with a personal-best time of 47.01 seconds.
Woodstock coach Wakely Louis believes it will not be long before Sumner reaches 46 seconds in the 400.
“I think he can make that mark, not just because he’s an incredible talent. He knows what he needs to do to prepare for a race,” Louis said. “When he’s on his own, he has the mindset of just working until he gets it correct and beating all those times.”
The meet served as a strong end to a solid season for Sumner, who also ran the 200, 4x800 relay and 4x100 relay for Woodstock.
“I think his track season went well,” Louis said “He’s a hard-working individual. He stays in the moment. He’s a great kid with a great work ethic.”
Gates finished fifth in the girls 3,200 at 11:17.05. Walton’s Sarah Burwell won with a time of 10:57.27.
In the field events, Harrelson finished in the girls long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 11½ inches. Shiloh’s Chloe Perryman won with a leap of 18-7½.