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High school scoreboard: April 28
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The North Hall track and field team qualified 23 athletes for the state level in 15 events at the Class AAA “B” sectionals Saturday at Southeast Bulloch High in Brooklet.

The Trojans will send athletes to complete at state in 12 girls events and 11 boys events. The boys state meet is Thursday-Saturday at Jefferson High, followed by the girls May 9-11 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

Event winners for North Hall were Gabrielle Hoffman in the girls pole vault, Bryce Schuebert in the boys 1600-meter run, Witt Nix in the 3200 and Destin Bennett in the boys shot put.

For the Trojan girls, Trini Puente placed eighth in the 200 and seventh in the 100 hurdles, while Katie McDowell finished third in the 800. Makayla Ellis and Victoria Rogers led North Hall in the distance events, with both runners recording top-5 finishes in the 1600 and 3200. Hoffman placed fifth in the 100 hurdles and Nana Awuku finished fourth in the 300 hurdles. In the girls field events, Harper Seymour took second in both the shot put and the discus.

Tucker LoCicero followed behind teammate Nix in the boys 3200, taking second. Quintin Miles finished fourth in the 800, followed by Seth Chapman in sixth. Zack Hill made the qualifying cut by taking eighth in the 1600. Patrick Chappell placed fourth in the shot put, followed by Dylan Truelove in sixth. Drew Bryant finished fourth in the discus, and Justice Ricketts took eighth in the pole vault.

WHITE COUNTY QUALIFIES IN 17 EVENTS: The Warriors advanced 10 girls and seven boys following their top-8 performances in sectionals Saturday.

Kaitlyn Gearing and Jenna Gearing are each headed to state in three events. One of them is together, after they joined Katie Adams and Chloe Maddox to win the girls 1600 relay. Kaitlyn Gearing finished second in the 400 and fourth in the high jump, and Jenna Gearing placed first in both the 1600 and 3200-meter events.

Maddox finished third in the pole vault, and Kristen Mitchell qualified for state in two events after winning the 800 and placing second in the 1600. Adams placed third in the 300 hurdles and Sinead O’Bryant took fourth in the 800.

In the boys events, Austin Thompson qualified for both distance events by finishing fourth in the 1600 and fifth in the 3200. Caleb Stephenson placed sixth in the 400, and the 1600 relay team of Maurice Sutton, Andrew Bergin, Will Gearing and Coley Loudermilk just reached the qualifying mark with eighth place in the event. In the field events, Dalton Whitfield won the discus, Andrew Manley finished sixth in the pole vault and Dylan Freeman placed eighth in the shot put.

BUFORD ADVANCES IN 15 EVENTS: The Wolves are state-bound in 11 boys events and four girls events following sectionals.

David Curry recorded Buford’s lone win at the meet by placing first in the pole vault at 14 feet. Quinn Davis qualified in four different events, including two relays. He took second in the 400 and sixth in the 200, then joined Corey Rogers, Thomas Wilson and Carlos Miller to place third in the 400 relay. He also helped the 1600 relay team take sixth and qualify, alongside Trey Neal, Justin McCray and Colston Vukanavich.

Wilson finished seventh in the 200 and fourth in the 400, while McCray took fifth in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Miller placed sixth in the 100 and Tyler Winslow was eighth in the 800.

The Buford girls were led by Corey Staples, who finished fourth in the long jump and triple jump. Megan Ward was fifth in the 800 and Kiana Mincey placed fourth in the shot put.

CALDWELL-BOOKER LEADS SPARTANS: Maia Caldwell-Booker recorded two wins and one runner-up finish at sectionals to highlight West Hall’s day.

Caldwell-Booker’s time of 12.34 seconds was the fastest of 100-meter dash and her 400 relay team also placed first with a time of 49.38. Simone McGee, LeNiesha Kearse and Mia McKensey also competed in the relay. She also placed second in the long jump.

Kearse picked up another win for the Spartans by completing the 100 hurdles in 14.88 seconds. Beth Hildebrant finished second in the pole vault and Jarlissa Latimore was sixth in the shot put.

The West Hall boys qualified for state in the 1600 relay after finishing eighth. The team was made up of Jacob Burgess, Kenneth Coleman, Michael Heinze and Kwon Williams.

CHESTATEE SENDS SIX TO STATE: The War Eagles will send one boy and five girls to state following their performances in the Class AAAA sectionals Saturday in Carrollton.

Tori Mullinax qualified in both the 1600 and 3200, setting a school record in the 1600 with a time of 5:24.34. She placed eighth in the event, and third in the 3200.

Sarah Beth English placed fourth in the 3200, and Maggee Wilson set a school record in the 800 with a fourth-place time of 2:25.17. Kim Hylton was eighth in the 300 hurdles and Kristin Moroz was fourth in the high jump.

Brandon Thompson finished fourth in the boys 100.

GAINESVILLE, FLOWERY BRANCH QUALIFY FOUR: The Red Elephants and Falcons each had four athletes qualify out of the Class AAAAA sectionals Saturday at Greenbrier High.

Alisha Parks led Flowery Branch with a third-place finish in the girls discus. Nick Ashmead placed seventh in the 3200 and eighth in the 1600 to qualify in both events, and James Slavik took sixth in the 3200.

For Gainesville, Colton Quinones ended up fifth in the boys discus. Ben Liu was sixth in the pole vault, Marcquel Woodard was second in the 400 and Stasha Hopkins was seventh in the girls shot put.

GILES WINS POLE VAULT: Jackson County’s Layson Giles took home a Class AAA boys sectionals high jump title with his leap of six feet, six inches.

Other area state-qualifiers at sectionals were Banks County’s Makayla Hewell with third in the girls 3200, Dawson County’s Hayden Wilson with third in the girls discus and Dawson County’s Katelynn Simpson with sixth in the 300 hurdles.

High school results may be reported by 10:30 p.m. by calling 770-718-3406, or emailing sports@ gainesvilletimes.com. Results reported after deadline will appear in the following day’s paper.

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