Creekview, Woodstock girls finish in top-10 at state meets

Creekview, Woodstock girls finish in top-10 at state meets

Alex Resnak
May 13, 2017








Nyah Hernandez

The competition proved tough, but the girls teams from Woodstock and Creekview both came away with top-10 finishes at the track and field state championships.

Creekview scored 28 points to finish eighth in the Class AAAAAA championships at Carrollton, with Sequoyah (5) 32nd. On the boys side, Sequoyah (10) was 18th, with Creekview (8) 23rd and River Ridge (5) 30th.

In the Class AAAAAAA championships at Berry College, the Woodstock girls scored 26 points to finish seventh, while Cherokee (8) was 22nd.
Creekview got a boost from freshman Nyah Hernandez, who won state championships in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Hernandez finished the 1,600 in 5:04.52 and won the 3,200 in 11:06.80, by a margin of more than 16 seconds.

The championships added to the cross country state Hernandez won in the fall. Though much of the competition was the same, she said she knew she would have to bring her best.

“I knew I could do it, but it would be hard,” Hernandez said. “I know the competition with all of the fast girls. I had already run against most of them. I knew they were all getting better from the fall, so I had to run my fastest.”

In the shot put, Creekview’s Taylor Smith (third, 39 feet, 6½ inches) and Savannah Webb (seventh, 35-9½) each placed.

“Almost every girl either scored or finished better than they were seeded,” Creekview coach Travis Pope said. “You can’t really be mad about that. The more kids you have, the more the potential for points. That’s what got us excited for next year. With such a young team, we should send even more next year.”

Creekview only sent two boys to Carrollton, but each scored in a pair of events. Chase Burr finished sixth in the 100 (11.16) and seventh in the long jump (22-1), while Zac Cantrell was seventh in the 800 (1:57.72) and eighth in the 1,600 (4:23.17).

“What they did was great,” Pope said. “They both rose to the occasion. When that happens, you can’t be too upset. Only sending two boys and having quality points in both events is big for the team.”

Sequoyah had a state champion of its own after Kameron Schofield won the 800 (1:54.64) in a tightly contested race.

After qualifying fourth for the final, the junior took more than 3 seconds of his preliminary time to beat the field down the stretch. He won a sprint over the final 100 meters to finish .12 seconds ahead of Allatoona’s Blake Klepper and .18 ahead of Mays’ Alan Johnson.

“I knew winning this race would take some things I’ve never done this season,” he said. “I would need to take 3 or 4 seconds off my time. Deep down, I knew it was all about you effort at the end. I wasn’t sure coming in, but once I was out there, I found the confidence deep down.”

Payton Carroll was the only scorer for Sequoyah’s girls team, finishing fourth in the pole vault (10-6).