Huge Cobb track and field contingent heading to state

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May 8—Cobb County had 229 athletes or relay teams earn state berths from their respective sectional track and field meets this past weekend.

Three athletes claimed two individual sectional titles. On the girls side, Hillgrove's Ryan Davis won the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.48 and 23.68 seconds, respectively, while Marietta's Mary Nesmith claimed victories in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters in their Class AAAAAAA sectional. She ran a time of 5:18.01 in the 1,600 and 11:18.47 in the 3,200.

Marietta qualified 17 athletes in 13 events as it is in search of its first girls state title since 2018. Hillgrove, Walton and Whitefield Academy will each send athletes in 10 events.

The boys athletes were led by Allatoona's Tahir Hines won the discus and the shot put in the Class AAAAAA sectional with throws of 169-7 and 54-7, respectively.

Marietta qualified in 13 events, Hillgrove 12 and Walton 11.

This years state meets are once again broken up over several locations Thursday through Saturday. Field events will be held on Day 1, preliminaries of the sprints and hurdles, along with the distance running finals will be held on Day 2, with the finals of the sprints and hurdles on Day 3.

The Class AA and Class AAAAAAA meets will be held at McEachern. Class AAAAAA and Class A Division I will be competed at Barron Stadium in Rome, and the Class AAAAA meet will be at Kinnett Stadium in Columbus.

Other individual winners this weekend in the girls Class AAAAAAA sectional included Harrison's Bella Hilleary in the pole vault with a vault of 10-0. North Cobb's Jasmine Robinson claimed the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.28. In Class AAAAAA, Pope's Julia Acker won the pole vault with an effort of 10-0 and South Cobb's Oluwatosin Awoleye won the 800 in 2:09.06.

In the boys Class AAAAAAA event, Campbell's Justin Walker won the long jump with a leap of 23-8 and Kennesaw Mountain's Korbin Brown claimed the high jump with a jump of 6-2. Osborne's Josh Horwon claimed the triple jump in 39-5, while North Cobb's Shea Thiewes along with Walton's Connor McCain and Connor Hopkins all shared the pole vault title with a vault of 12-6.