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2017 Track & Field Schedule

Track and Field Meet Dates Posted here.

Welcome to Walton Cross Country 2017

Reminders About Summer Training Physical forms need to be completed and turned in to Coach Gower ASAP! Click HERE for the Cobb County Physical Form.

Summer Training sessions start after Memorial Day. Athletes meet at 8:30 a.m. at Cochran Shoals on Columns Drive (where Columns Drive dead-ends into the park). Click HERE for directions. Most athletes are finished around 9:30 a.m. Athletes will be available to meet Monday through Friday throughout the summer. Parking passes are required at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and cost $3 per day. Click HERE to purchase an annual pass for $35.

If there are any questions, please contact Coach Gower (travis.gower@cobbk12.org)

Cross Country Schedule Mark your calendars now! Click HERE for the Cross Country 2017 schedule. In addition to the master calendar, the Cinder Club Board will be hosting an adult gathering on Saturday, August 12th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Princeton Lakes Neighborhood Clubhouse. More details to follow closer to the date!

Communication The Cinder Club will continue to keep you informed with emails regarding Cross Country in the summer and fall and Track & Field in the spring! You can also find information regarding both of the programs by visiting our website, joining one of our Facebook pages, and following us on Twitter.

Facebook Cross Country Parents Page: Search "Walton Cross Country Parents" and click join
Follow us on Twitter: @waltonraiderxc
Follow Walton Athletics on Twitter: @waltonathletics
Join Coach Gower's Parent Remind 101 Text: Text @iwatchxc17 to 81010

*Athletes have specific Facebook pages/alerts available through the coaches.*

Travis Gower
Social Studies
Head Cross Country Coach
Head Track and Field Coach
Walton High School

Athletes and Parents – For all things TF 2017 stay connected via:

ATHLETE ONLY Facebook group = search Walton Track and Field 2017 or www.facebook.com/groups/780589715399750/
ATHLETES: For text updates on practices, meets, & events text @iwatchtf to 81010
PARENT ONLY Facebook group = search Walton Track and Field Parents or www.facebook.com/groups/522043634581076/
PARENTS: For text updates on practices, meets, & events text @iwatchtf to 81010
Follow us on Twitter @waltonraiderxc

Walton Girls AAAAA State Champions

Prep Zone T&F Blog
By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Albany - When they entered Walton as freshmen, sprinters Tayla Carter, Cleo Holt, Michaela Greer and Sydney Griffin were little more than an afterthought in a program known for its distance runners.

But head coach Rob Nichols knew he had something special with the foursome, and Saturday in Albany, his vision for what they could add to the program came true. The group accounted for 38 of the team's 48 points and led Walton to the Class AAAAA state championship.

The Raiders have won three state titles in cross country, including the last two. But this is the school's first track and field state championship.

"We knew if we could keep this group together and keep them healthy, and we could combine them with our distance program, we could win a state championship," Nichols said. "We knew they were a talented group, today they came out and competed well and things went our way."

Carter, who won the 100 meters and had the overall fastest time (11.63 seconds) in the event and placed second in the 200 meters, said she and her fellow sprinters felt overshadowed by distance specialists like Alexa Womack, who placed fourth in the 3,200 meters and fifth in the 1,600 meters.

"Our times have improved so much from when we were freshmen," said Carter, who will run at Western Carolina next year. "To come out here as seniors and put Walton on the map in the sprints, it's definitely something new for our school. We truly feel blessed."

Perhaps no one in Raider Nation feels as good about winning the title as Griffin, whose career had been marred by foot injuries until this season. Saturday she won the 100 meter title and was a member of Walton's 400 meter relay team - along with Carter, Holt and Greer.

"It's been a very, very long road,” said Griffin, who will run at Elon next year. "I would get hurt, then feel better, then get hurt again. It's been frustrating. Doctors even told me I needed to quit. I don't mean any disrespect, but I don't think anybody wanted to win [the 100 hurdle event] more than I did. It just meant more to me.

"Winning this state championship feels amazing," Griffin said. "I still can't believe it."

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