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Track and field: County runners place at state meets on Saturday

County track and field athletes wrapped up their seasons on Saturday at the GHSA state championship meets in Rome (Class 7A and Class 1A-Private) and Albany (Class 4A). Denmark was the top overall finisher in the team standings, with the first-year Danes program tying for 10th place in Class 4A with 18 points. The South Forsyth girls led county teams in Class 7A, finishing 17th with 14 points, and the Forsyth Central boys were 13th, with 17.

The highest individual finisher from the county on Saturday was Denmark’s Karthik Kochuparambil, who finished second in the Class 4A 800-meter run in 1:54.85. It was Kochuparambil’s second runner-up finish at the meet, after he claimed the same place in the 1600 on Friday.

Pinecrest Academy's Hogan Palmer poses with his family after competing in the Class 1A-Private state track & field meet on May 11, 2019 at Berry College in Rome. Photo courtesy Vivian Heard.
Pinecrest Academy scored a single point in the Class 1A-Private team standings, despite not having a formal track team. Hogan Palmer, a full-time lacrosse player for the Paladins who is set to play that sport at Rollins College, started competing in meets for Pinecrest earlier this spring. He made it all the way to the state finals, though, despite not using blocks to start the race, finished eighth in the 100-meter finals with a time of 11.35 seconds.

Forsyth Central’s Laney Kronz was the county’s highest individual girls finisher on Saturday, placing fifth overall in the Class 7A 100-meter hurdles in 14.81 seconds. Lambert’s Abrielle Kataria finished eighth overall in the Class 7A 800-meter run in 2:17.58, and Denmark’s Jessica Perriello finished sixth in Class 4A in 2:24.30.

Full results:

Class 1A-Private and Class 7A

Class 4A