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Wolfpack dominates in track and field
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
March 28, 2013 11:13 AM | 1933 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Paulding track members, James Eliezer, left, and D.J. Owens make their way around the track during a recent practice.
North Paulding track members, James Eliezer, left, and D.J. Owens make their way around the track during a recent practice.
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The North Paulding track and field team has been competing hard this season with the boys’ team both winning their events and breaking school records.

“We’ve been competing very well. We placed second at the Woodland Invitational and won against South Paulding. Everything’s been really positive overall,” said head boys coach Jeremy Edwards.

The Wolfpack 4x100 relay team — James Eliezer, Meshach Mays, Dj Owens and Mac Seagle — was undefeated as of last week.

While they all compete as a team in the relay, each runner has their own individual strength as well.

Eliezer “is a top 200 and 400 runner” according to Edwards, finishing second at the Woodland High School Tri-Meet on March 14.

Owens “is strong in the 100,” as he placed second at the Woodland Invitational.

Other accomplishments for the team up to the county meet include Callan Smith breaking the school record for the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:29.26 at the Woodland Invitational. Seth Whitener set the school record for shot put with a distance of 49-10.25. Bradley Graham set the school record for pole vault at 11 feet, 6 inches.

Another notable athlete is Melik Williams. Williams has placed first twice and second in the 400 this season. Williams also has placed first and second in the high jump this season as well.

The annual county meet was scheduled for Saturday but canceled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Before going into this meet Edwards said he felt good about the team’s potential and how they would compete.

“I feel real positive about it. It’s all about who competes that day. The kids have continued to work hard. We’re just trying to stay consistent,” Edwards said.

While everyone has their own race to run and event to compete in, Edwards said everyone on the team is pushing each other to do their best and making this a “total team effort.”

At this point in the season, Edwards said he is proud of the team, but there is still some work that needs to be done.

“We still need to sure up some field events and move people around in the hurdles,” said Edwards.

Next for the team will be the McEachern Invitational in Powder Springs on April 6.
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