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SAVE THE DATE, OCTOBER 23!!!The Walton Cinder Club is once again applying to host 1 of the highly coveted cheering stations at the PNC ATLANTA 10 MILER on Sunday, October 23, 2016! This is one of our biggest fundraisers for our program and ALL XC and T&F Athletes are expected to attend. It’s a great opportunity for Atlanta to see our amazing Walton Raider Spirit!
This was our 3rd year representing Walton, the sport we love and of helping thousands of runners to conquer the distance!
- The Cinder Club Board
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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