The boys’ team competition was highly contested with North Paulding finishing second with 114 points, only three points behind winner New Manchester. South Paulding, Paulding County and Woodland rounded out the top five teams.
Qua Stocks’ first-place finish in the high jump gave North Paulding positive momentum early in the competition. East Paulding’s Connor Christian was a highlight for the Raiders, winning the shot put event. Aaron Jones continued his stellar season for South Paulding, winning the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Paulding County High School’s Nicholas Millerwon won the 800-meter run while Jacob Robinson of Hiram earned the top spot in the 3,200-meter run.
South Paulding was the highest Paulding County school in the girls’ team in the standings, placing third behind champion New Manchester and Woodland. North Paulding finished fourth.
Wolfpack field athlete Shyien White finished first in the discus throw while Breondra Steele placed first in the high jump for Hiram. South Paulding won its lone field event with Erika Earwood earning the victory in the shot put. The Spartans continued the momentum with Jazmine Burse’s win in the 100-meter hurdles event. Jinni Pethel brought home first place in the 800-meter run for Hiram.
“Overall, we couldn’t be happier with how our athletes performed at the region meet,” South Paulding head coach Courtney Kosky said. “We missed a few points here and there, but scored better than expected in other events.”
The teams have already begun preparations for the 5A Sectionals meet in Fayetteville on Saturday with hopes of qualifying for the state competition in Albany on May 1.
“We have high hopes for sectionals, as our region is usually pretty tough going in,” Kosky said. “We plan on taking more athletes to state than in previous years, so it’s pretty exciting for the program as a whole.”