From North Paulding, senior Josh threw the shot 54 feet, 8-1/2 inches for gold. Sophomore Seth threw 50 feet, 11-1/2 inches for silver at the meet in Jefferson.
In reference to Josh, head coach Jeremy Edwards said, “It says a lot for him to be county, sectional and state champ…Josh will attend Harvard and compete in track and will be successful in anything he chooses to do in life. We will truly miss him.”
Josh also took second in the 5A discus throw with a distance of 150 feet, 2 inches.
With their combined scores, the North Paulding boys finished tied for fifth overall with 26 points.
Edwards said the Whitener brothers are huge supporters of each other, and have a lot of support from their family as well.
“The Whiteners are very supportive of their boys. They attend all the meets and are always willing to help the program out any way possible. You will not find a better family,” said Edwards.
As for the girls’ teams in the county, they competed May 9 to 11 in Albany. Athletes from East and North Paulding participated in the events.
East Paulding girls’ Lilly Kidane, Jasmine Parham and Leah Sikorski each finished in the top eight of two events.
Kidane took silver in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:21.69. She also finished seventh in the 1600 with a time of 5:16.65. Parham took bronze in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.14 and finished eighth in the 400 with a time of 59.16.
Sikorski ran a 5:10.57 to finish fourth in the 1600 and ran a 2:20.78 to finish seventh in the 800. Collectively the ladies from East Paulding finished the state championships as seventh in 5A with a score of 24 points.
From South Paulding, Jazmine Burse finished seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.39. Teammate Carissa Tipler took bronze in the triple jump with a leap of 38-05.0.
The Lady Spartans finished the meet with a total of 11 points, tied for 20th place in 5A.