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Track and field: Numerous county athletes reach podium on first two days of state track

Numerous Forsyth County athletes finished on the podium on the first two days of the GHSA state track & field meets, held in Rome (Class 1A-Private and Class 7A) and Albany (Class 4A).

Forsyth Central’s Calan Gizelbach had the headlining performance of the two days, winning the Class 7A title in the 3200-meter run. Gizelbach fully kept pace in what turned out to be an exceptionally fast race, with the majority of runners beating the seed times, and his winning time of 9:13.89 was a personal best by more than 20 seconds.

In the girls section of the Class 7A 3200, South Forsyth’s Madelynne Cadeau also turned in a personal best, finishing second to Marietta’s Ellie Hall in 10:45.85. And in the Class 4A boys 3200, Denmark’s Ethan Ashley finished seventh in 9:48.66 to become the school’s first-ever state placer.

In the field events on Thursday, West Forsyth’s Kyle Brown had a throw of 166 feet, five inches on his first throw to take second place in the Class 7A discus. South Forsyth’s Ridvan Kazimov had a throw of 153 feet, five inches in the first flight to take eighth overall. It was Kazimov that came out on top in the Class 7A shot put, finishing second with a toss of 55 feet, 2.5 inches, while Brown took fifth in 50 feet, 5.25 inches. Denmark’s Hannah Kim finished 15th in the Class 4A girls shot put.

In Friday’s field events, West Forsyth’s Chloe Cobbett finished 10th overall in the Class 7A triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 3.5 inches, while North Forsyth’s Ariana Taylor took 13th and Lambert’s Kayla Love took 15th. In the Class 4A event, Denmark’s Clarissa Kelly took 13th.

North’s Ethan Holland was the top county finisher in the Class 7A triple jump, taking eighth overall with a mark of 44 feet, while Lambert’s Jalen Battle finished 15th with a mark of 41 feet, 3.75 inches. In the Class 7A boys long jump, Holland finished 12th with a jump of 20 feet, 8.75 inches, while Central’s Laney Kronz finished ninth overall in the girls event with a leap of 17 feet, 5.25 inches.

West also had a strong showing in the Class 7A girls pole vault, with Abigail Robertson taking sixth with a clearance of 10 feet, six inches. In the Class 7A boys pole vault, Central’s Hunter Cagle finished sixth with a clearance of 13 feet.

The Class 7A boys high jump saw Battle take third overall, clearing six feet, four inches on his first try but missing all three attempts at 6-6. West Forsyth’s Isaac Osifo cleared 6-2 to finish 12th overall, and Lambert’s William Foster finished 16th with a clearance on 5-10.

Gizelbach had another strong performance in the Class 7A 1600-meter run on Friday, taking fifth overall in 4:22.62. North’s Caleb Hall finished 10th in the race in 4:25.55. In the girls Class 7A 1600, Cadeau finished third with a personal best of 4:58. In the boys Class 4A 1600, Denmark’s Karthik Kochuparambil finished second overall, in 4:18.75.

The state meets are set to wrap up on Saturday with finals in the sprints, sprint relays and 800-meter run.