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56 local athletes qualify for Sectionals at Region 6-AAAAAA track meet
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Forsyth County News

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By the end of the Region 6-AAAAAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Johns Creek High School, no Forsyth County girls’ or boys’ team stood atop the standings, outdone instead by the strength in the sprints by Fulton County schools.

But Forsyth teams made their mark nonetheless, qualifying in 56 events for the Class AAAAAA Sectionals on Saturday at McEachern High School.

Alpharetta won the girls’ region title finishing with 122 points ahead of Johns Creek (103.5), West Forsyth (90) and South Forsyth (82). Lambert (69.5), Centennial (69), Chattahoochee (52) and North Forsyth (32) rounded out the standings.

Centennial won the boys’ title with 121 points ahead of Alpharetta (97), Johns Creek (85) and North Forsyth (83.5). Lambert (83), South (72.5), West (48) and Chattahoochee (34) rounded out the boys’ standings.

Rain pushed the final day of the region meet back from Friday to early Saturday morning, though conditions were still wet and misty.

Among the many compelling storylines Saturday was Lambert senior Zach Matthews who after qualifying in the long jump Wednesday added three more events on Saturday. Matthews finished second in the 400-meter dash in 51.23 seconds, third in the 110 hurdles in 15.12 and second in the 300 hurdles in 41.48.

Following the precedent of the girls, Forsyth swept all qualifying spots for the boys’ 3,200. West’s Brian Skoglind and Brett Gammon led the way, finishing first and second, respectively, in 9:58.22 and 10:08.62. Lambert’s Noah Schaich finished third in 10:09.44, while South’s Matt Patterson finished fourth in 10:11.94.

North’s Tanner Riddle was the other boys’ highlight Saturday, winning the 110 hurdles in 14.71 and the high jump clearing 5 feet 10 inches.

There were compelling performances on the girls’ side too.

West’s Haley Anderson won the 800 in 2:22.84, then pushed South’s Savannah Carnahan in the 1,600 finishing second in 5:17.71. Carnahan won the 1,600 in 5:17.08 to add to her 3,200 title from Wednesday.

Chandler Randall also had a strong meet for the Lady Wolverines. After qualifying in the triple jump Wednesday, Randall won the long jump with 16-4.5 on Saturday.

Then there was Lambert’s Samantha Hardy who won the 400 in 1:00.26 and qualified in the 800.