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Cass athletes qualify for sectionals, state
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
May 01, 2013 11:54 AM | 1235 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Cass hurdler Walter Brown, triple jumper Keylon Woodard and hurdler Khari Haynes are just a few of the Cass track and field team to advance to the sectionals.
From left, Cass hurdler Walter Brown, triple jumper Keylon Woodard and hurdler Khari Haynes are just a few of the Cass track and field team to advance to the sectionals.
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Cass had three athletes take first place at the region meet and qualify for sectionals — Walter Brown in the 110-meter hurdles, Greg Edwards in high jump and long jump and Keylon Woodard in the triple jump.

“All three have been very serious about their events this season and all three have worked to improve their performances throughout the season,” head coach Terry Gough.

In addition, Kadeem Buford, Allen Triplett and Kelin Wells competed in the 4x100 relay along with Edwards. Buford competed in the long jump and Khari Haynes in the 110 hurdles in the sectional meet April 27 at Carrollton High School, as well, in hopes of being the top eight out of 16 in their event to advance to state.

At sectionals, Buford placed seventh in the long jump, Edwards placed second in the high jump and Woodard placed eighth in the triple jump, advancing them to state, beginning May 2.

Gough also said Brown, Edwards and Woodard are multi-sport athletes which helps them maintain focus since they are used to competing year-round. The focus they have displayed throughout the season “was probably the determining factor for their success in the region meet,” he said.

The team finished second at the Region 7-AAAA Championships April 20 in Dalton after finishing the events of day one in first place.

Finishing with 86 points this year, they saw a huge improvement from last season’s region championships when they finished 10th with a score of 11.

Even with such a large jump in score, Gough said they performed well though he also felt there were some weak points.

“We had a few performances that were not as strong as had been in previous meets and I think that, along with some depth problems, eventually led to our taking second instead of first,” said Gough in reference to the “lack of numbers” in events such as the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run.

Northwest Whitfield eventually won the meet with 102 points.

Finishing day one in first place, Gough said there was some disappointment among the boys at the conclusion of the two-day event when they didn’t win the team title. However they “conducted themselves as gentlemen and congratulated the Northwest Whitfield team and coaches as well,” he said.

“I think all will perform as they have the entire season. Hopefully, they can establish some more personal records and move on to the state meet,” said Gough.
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