Boys Track and Field Team Captures Fourth at State
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/16/2017

The Whitefield boys track team finished their 2017 season at the state meet at Berry College in Rome on Saturday, May 13, with an unexpected team trophy and fourth-place finish in the GHSA 1A private competition. Based on seeding and entry times, the team had been projected to finish 11th with 19 points, but as a result of some outstanding personal record performances, they surprised themselves and others by scoring 36 points, just one to three points ahead of four other teams vying for the fourth-place trophy!

In track, the top eight finishers in an event all score points that add to the team's total. Freshman Devin Wade started Whitefield's team scoring on Thursday night by beating his personal best time by more than 20 seconds with a 10:22.96 and moving from an 11th seed to sixth-place in the 3200 meter run. On Friday, senior Carson Brown finished out a stellar career at Whitefield by placing third in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Then, junior Nicholas Harris, who was the last qualifier in the triple jump at sectionals, surpassed his personal best by more than two feet and finished third, setting a new school record of 43'4" in the process.

On Saturday, the 4x100 meter relay team of Nicholas Harris, senior Willie Fulks, sophomore Julian Munoz, and senior Brian Pickens picked up where their teammates left off by finishing second with a season-best time of 43.37. Brian, who anchored the 4x100 meter relay team with a blazing finish, completed the best meet of his Whitefield career by going from an eighth-place seed in the 400 meter to finishing third with a season-best time of 51.04. Our final competitor, senior sprinter Willie Fulks, finished out his excellent career at Whitefield by placing fourth in the 100 meter with a personal-best time of 11.10.

The Whitefield girls track team also completed their season at state by experiencing both elation and disappointment. Freshman Emily Little scored points and was on the podium twice for the Lady WolfPack by finishing sixth in the 3200 meter on Thursday night and eighth in the 1600 meter on Friday night. However, the disappointment came on Saturday. Our 4x100 meter team of freshman Logan VanArsdale, sophomore Shelby Wingate, senior Kaitlyn Johnson, and sophomore Amilya Little, which had been seeded second coming out of sectionals, inadvertently dropped the baton and finished eighth. However, Shelby Wingate brought the girls team back by placing sixth in the 100 meter in a personal-best time of 12.53.

Thank you to all of this year's seniors - Carson Brown, Brian Pickens, Willie Fulks, and Kaitlyn Johnson - for their leadership and the legacy they have left for their teammates to follow. The coaches, track parents, and teammates are all proud of you!