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Woodland athletes break several school records
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
April 03, 2013 11:13 AM | 1128 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland high jumper Qua Stocks clears the bar.
Woodland high jumper Qua Stocks clears the bar.
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The track team at Woodland has been competing well this season and several athletes have been successful enough to break school records, but due to the cold temperatures some difficulties have come about.

“This year has been good, but difficult. The weather has not really cooperated with us so I have had a lot of injuries,” said head coach Adrian Steele.

According to Steele, the Wildcats “have managed to be 4-1 this season going into the Bartow County Championship” March 28, but he also said he feels his team still must see a lot of improvement before regionals and sectionals.

“I need to get some of my sprinters healthy, get my throwers and jumpers consistent and strengthen my distance. I need to establish solid 4x100 and 4x400 teams,” Steele said.

Both the Woodland boys’ and girls’ teams took home first from the county meet. The girls finished with 120 points, with Cartersville in second with 63. The boys’ scores were a lot closer as Woodland finished with 82 points, Cartersville with 77.

The girls won both the 4x100 and 4x400 while the boys won the 4x400.

Prior to the county meet Steele said he thinks his team will perform well and that he’s hoping the team will improve in several areas.

“I’m patiently waiting on my 4x100 and 4x400 to have a peak performance and Idraiah Thompson to run better times in the 100- and 200-meter sprints,” said Steele.

As far as past meets of this season are concerned, there are five athletes that have set new school records.

CJ Woods set a new record in the 100-meter sprint running a 10.69 in the Ronnie McClurg Rotary Invitational March 16. Qua Stocks tied the school record in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches March 21, but he broke the record with 6 feet, 7 inches at the Bartow County Championships.

For the girls, Samantha Patterson set the school record of 9 feet, 6 inches for pole vault March 13 at the McEachern Dual/Tri meet. Zaria Pressly set a new record of 2:33.56 in the 800-meter run at the Woodland Invitational on March 9.
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