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The administration has asked the track and field be cleared of all equipment (hurdles, pits, etc.) by Wednesday of next week. The best day I see available is Tuesday, May 28th. I would like to schedule it at 4 p.m. until we are done. Would love to offer an ultimate Frisbee game to everyone who helps afterwards.
2013 Track & Field ScheduleTrack and Field Meet Dates Posted here.
ResultsLatest Results Posted here.
Welcome to the 2013 Walton Cross Country SeasonThere will be informational meetings for the 2013 Walton Cross County teams at the following times:
Head Cross Country Coach
Head Track and Field Coach
Walton High School
College SigningsMorgan Tanasijevich signed with Stanford University to throw javelin. Morgan is a top ranked USATF/AAU javelin thrower.
Alexa Womack signed with Clemson University to run Cross Country and Track. Alexa led her XC teams to 2 state titles and a runner-up while finishing as state runner-up in 2011 and 7th in 2012. In track Alexa scored points in the 1600m and 3200m to help the Walton girls win their first state track title in 2012. Alexa has PRs of 5:03 for 1600 meters and 11:00 for 3200 meters.
Brian Sullivan signed with the University of Georgia to run Cross Country and Track. Brian finished 4th at the 2011 State Cross Country Championships as well as a runner-up finish in the 1600m at the 2012 State Championships. Brian has PRs of 4:17 for 1600 meters and 1:54 for 800 meters.
Running ResourcesWalton Track & Field 2013
Track & Field 2013 Calendar
Parent and Athlete Information Sheet
Walton Girls AAAAA State ChampionsPrep 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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