High School Track & Field

Four Lady Vikings qualify for state sectionals

Northgate track & field lineups headed into the final day of this year's Region 4-AAAAA meet with a chance to add to a growing list of athletes headed to next week's GHSA state sectionals. The region meet at Starr's Mill concluded Thursday with running finals following field events and track preliminaries on Wednesday. Final day results were not available at deadline. The Lady Vikings began Thursday's running finals in third place with 39 points while in range of Forest Park's girls. Starr's Mill had already built a 25-point advantage at the top of the points standings following Wednesday's field events and the 1,600 meter final.
Anderson opened the meet by qualifying in the long jump among four Northgate athletes that qualified for the Class AAAAA Sectionals. The recent Shorter University track signee was set to run the finals of the 100 and 200, qualifying first in the 100 and second in the 200 on Wednesday. Along with the senior's fourth-place leap of 17 feet, 5 inches, fellow senior Toya Jantzen and sophomores Alyssa Allen and Hannah Schaefer advanced in field events. Jantzen placed third in the high jump while clearing 5-2. In the weights, Allen secured berths in both the discus, placing third with a throw of 94-7, as well as the shot put, where she took fourth at 34-2 ¼. Schaefer qualified in the pole vault with a top attempt of 8-6. Lady Viking Abby Pinaud nearly gave her team a fifth sectionals qualifier in field events while scoring in both the long and triple jumps. The senior placed fifth in the triple jump at 34-3 and was sixth in the long jump at 16-2 ½. Also contributing points for Northgate on Wednesday was Caitlin Bellora in the 1,600, placing sixth overall in 5:47.51. Teammate Erica Lee was ninth in 6:00.02. Both of the Lady Vikings' top relay teams also qualified for finals. The 400 lineup, anchored by Anderson, qualified third in 49.63 while the 1,600 relay qualified second in 4:08.35. Other qualifiers for finals included Kaia Kirk in the 300 hurdles (5th, 51.61) after Wednesday's preliminaries. A pair of Vikings advanced to state sectionals during Wednesday's field events as Northgate's boys scored 19 points while seventh overall after day one. Union Grove led with 55 for a three-point lead over Starr's Mill. Sophomore Drew Latham placed second in the shot with a top attempt of 141-6, which would have placed fourth at last year's GHSA Class AAAAA Championships. Latham also was 13th in the shot behind senior teammate Aaron Carr's eighth-place effort of 41-1 ¾. Northgate senior Johnny Gilbert added a second-place finish in the pole vault at 10-6. Andrew Lail also scored for the Vikings on Wednesday with an eighth-place effort in the 1,600 in 4:49.85. Teammate Evan Vatave was 12th overall. Senior Benton Washington qualified third in the 400 with a mark of 49.96.


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