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Colonels’ boys, girls take first place honors at Gilmer
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
March 13, 2013 12:58 PM | 1140 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass’ Amber Bowen warms up around the track before practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Cass’ Amber Bowen warms up around the track before practice on Wednesday afternoon.
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The Cass track team took home first place honors for both the boys and girls after competing against Gilmer and River Ridge March 7 at Gilmer High School.

The Colonels were able to pull out victories over these two schools despite not having much of a preseason conditioning due to the winter sports, their coach said.

“The spring sports battle roughly a two- to three-week crossover of winter sports. This hurts both the boys and girls teams with preseason conditioning. Technically, if they’re out for a winter sport, they’re probably running but there’s a little difference between basketball court speed and track speed,” said head coach Terry Gough.

Cass has roughly 50 athletes on the team, with an even amount of boys and girls competing.

Some girl team members from 2012 did not return to the team this season for reasons unknown to the coaching staff, the coach said.

“We’re missing a few veteran upperclassmen who would help. It seems like that’s a reoccurring theme lately. I’m not sure if it’s the older kids feel they need to go get jobs, lose interest in track, or are looking into other interests,” Gough said.

Even without these veterans, there are still many returning members, with several standing out as top performers in their particular events.

For the girls, according to Gough, Amber Bowen is the top athlete in the hurdles, Jenee Callahan is the top athlete in the throwing events and Imani Whitfield is the top athlete in the sprint events.

For the boys, Gough named Greg Edwards as the top sprinter, long jumper, and high jumper, Jordan Morning as the distance to mid-distance runner and Justin Reed the team’s top thrower.

When it comes to the team’s strength, Gough said there are several common areas for both the boys and the girls, but the girls also have one extra event.

“[For the] boys team, we are strong in the sprint events, the jumps, and the throwing events. [For the] girls team, [we’re] also strong in the sprint events, the jumps and throws, as well as the hurdle events,” said Gough.

While the teams are good in these events, Gough said both teams are “very weak” in the 400-meter dash.

For this season, Gough said the goals are to have a strong showing with both teams in the region and he would like to qualify as many athletes as possible.
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