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Woodland produces high jump state champ
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
May 15, 2013 10:54 AM | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, 2013 Class 5A high jump state champion Qua Stocks and state Class 5A pole vault fourth-place finisher Samantha Patterson, both of Woodland.
From left, 2013 Class 5A high jump state champion Qua Stocks and state Class 5A pole vault fourth-place finisher Samantha Patterson, both of Woodland.
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Woodland junior Qua Stocks finished the year as the only track and field state champion from Bartow County.

With a jump of 6 feet, 8 inches, Stocks clinched the boys’ 5A high jump title May 2 at the 2013 Georgia High School Association Track and Field State Championship in Jefferson.

“I was excited to win the state title but the satisfaction of jumping [6-8] accomplished a personal goal for the season and set a school record,” Stocks said.

Head coach Adrian Steele said, “I think it’s awesome how focused and determined he was to finish this season as the region, sectional and 5A state high jump champion.

“It’s revealed his true character and perseverance to succeed,” Steele said.

After three days of competition, May 2 through 4, Bartow County had two other boys finish in the top eight of their respective events.

Cartersville’s Tommy Morrison finished fifth in the Class 3A 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.03. Cass’ Keylon Woodard finished eighth in the Class 4A triple jump with a leap of 43-91/2 inches.

Overall, Woodland finished 27th in 5A with 10 points, Cartersville finished 29th in 3A with four and Cass finished 39th in 4A with one.

The girls competed in their state championship meet May 9 through 11 in Albany.

With more athletes competing than the boys, five girls from Cartersville and Bartow County finished in the top eight of their respective events.

Cass saw the highest placing as Janee Callahan finished second in the 4A shot put with a launch of 41-0.5.

Woodland’s Samantha Patterson finished fourth in the 5A pole vault with a vault of 10-0.

Cartersville had a total of three girls finish in the top eight, one of them with two events.

Bree Cole finished sixth in the Class 3A 800 with a time of 2:26.31. Anna Hightower finished tied for sixth in the 3A pole vault with a vault of 8-6 inches. Blake Perry finished seventh in the 3A 100 hurdles with a time of 15.59 and finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 35-6 inches.
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