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County track and field athletes qualify for state at weekend sectional meets
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Forsyth County track and field teams competed at sectional meets over the weekend, with plenty of athletes qualifying for their upcoming state meets.

Forsyth’s top distance runners did well at the Class 7A sectional meet at Archer High School on Saturday, with South’s Madelynne Cadeau placing second in the girls 1,600 meter run and first in the 3,200 meter run. Central’s Calan Gizelbach placed fourth and third in the boys 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. Lambert’s Abrielle Kataria placed third in the girls 800 meter run, while North's Caleb Hall qualified in both of his distance runs with sixth and seventh place finishes. 

Lambert’s Jalen Battle took first place in the boys high jump, ahead of West’s Isaac Osifo, who earned a third place finish in the event. Forsyth athletes took the top two spots in the boys shot put, with South’s Ridvan Kazimov and West’s Kyle Brown finishing first and second, respectively. Brown also took first in the boys discus. Central pole vaulter Hunter Cagle will continue his quest for a state title, placing third in sectionals.

Denmark had seven athletes qualify for state at the Class 4A sectional meet at North Oconee High School on Saturday. Eli Marshbank placed fifth in the boys high jump, while Karthik Kochuparambil and Ethan Ashley each qualified for state with third and seventh place finishes in the 1,600 meter run. Kochuparambil also qualified in the 800 meter run, placing third with a time of 1:57.48. Ashley will also compete in the state 3,200 meter run, placing sixth at sectionals.

On the girls side, Jessica Perriello finished sixth in the 800 meter run for the Danes, and Clarissa Kelly qualified in 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump.

Forsyth County state qualifiers (7A)

Girls 100 meter dash

6th: Karen Huynh, South (12.29)

Boys 400 meter dash

7th: Yonu Falowo, Lambert (50.41)

Girls 800 meter run

3rd: Abrielle Kataria, Lambert (2:19.08)

Boys 800 meter run

5th: Sean Catania, South (1:58.99)

Girls 1,600 meter run

2nd: Madelynne Cadeau, South (5:11.21)

Girls 1,600 meter run

4th: Calan Gizelbach, Central (4:24.95)

7th: Caleb Hall, North (4:26.80)

Girls 3,200 meter run

1st: Madelynne Cadeau, South (11:00.10)

Boys 3,200 meter run

3rd: Calan Gizelbach, Central (9:36.87)

4th: Cooper Bocko, Lambert (9:40.23)

5th: Reece Cato, West (9:41.92)

6th: Caleb Hall, North (9:41.99)

Girls 100 meter hurdles

6th: Laney Kronz, Central (15.17)

Girls 300 meter hurdles

7th: Laney Kronz, Central (46.19)

Girls pole vault

3rd: Abigail Robertson, West (8-06.00)

7th: Riley Jones, South (8-06.00)

8th: Caroline Ashby, West (8-00.00)

Boys pole vault

3rd: Hunter Cagle, Central (14-00.00)

5th: Jason Lu, Lambert (12-00.00)

6th: Maximilian Proels, Lambert (12-00.00)

Girls shot put

5th: Morgan Gore, Lambert (37-00.00)

Boys shot put

1st: Ridvan Kazimov, South (54-06.00)

2nd: Kyle Brown, West (51-01.00)

Girls discus throw

8th: Lauren Johnson, Central (111-09)

Boys discus throw

1st: Kyle Brown, West (157-03.50)

Boys high jump

1st: Jalen Battle, Lambert (6-04.00)

3rd: Isaac Osifo, West (6-04.00)

6th: William Foster, Lambert (6-02.00)

Girls long jump

6th: Laney Kronz, Central (17-05.75)

Boys long jump

4th: Abraham Camara, West (21-10.25)

6th: Ethan Holland, North (21-07.00)

Girls triple jump

4th:. Chloe Cobbett, West (36-03.00)

6th: Ariana Taylor, North (35.04.50)

8th: Kayla Love, Lambert (34-10.50)

Boys triple jump

3rd:. Jalen Battle, Lambert (44-01.00)

8th: Ethan Holland, North (42-06.00)

Forsyth County state qualifiers (4A)

Boys high jump

3rd: Eli Marshbank, Denmark (5-10.00)

Girls shot put

3rd: Hannah Kim, Denmark (31-05.50)

Girls triple jump

8th: Clarissa Kelly, Denmark (34-05.00)

Boys 1,600 meter run

3rd: Karthik Kochuparambil, Denmark (4:28.99)

7th: Ethan Ashley, Denmark (4:30.21)

Girls 800 meter run

6th: Jessica Perriello, Denmark (2:21.45)

Boys 800 meter run

3rd: Karthik Kochuparambil, Denmark (1:57.48)

Girls 300 meter hurdles

8th: Clarissa Kelly, Denmark (48.99)

Boys 3,200 meter run

6th: Ethan Ashley, Denmark (10:05.34)