Farmer, Poteet add to championship hauls
by MDJ staff reports
May 10, 2014 04:03 AM | 2123 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walton’s Kenan Farmer and Kell’s Logan Poteet completed distance sweeps Friday, adding state championships in the 3,200-meter run to the ones they won in the 1,600 a day earlier.

Farmer crossed the line in 9 minutes, 15.90 seconds in the Class AAAAAA 3,200, beating Brookwood’s Miles Yapp by a little more than 3 seconds.

Marietta’s Jack Henderson was sixth in 9:34.18.

For Farmer, Friday’s state title marked the second in the 3,200 in as many seasons. He nearly accomplished the distance sweep in 2013, but he lost out in the 1,600 by .11 seconds.

Poteet ran 9:23.17 in the Class AAAAA meet and won by nearly 10 seconds over the runner-up — and Region 7AAAAA rival — Forsyth Central’s Max Warner.

Warner couldn’t get revenge against Poteet, who also won the 3,200 at the region meet April 17.

The state championship capped a year of improvement for Poteet, who finished second in the 3,200 in 2013. His time Friday was more than 10 seconds faster.

It also allowed Poteet to end the school year with three state championships in all. He won the individual title during cross country season as well.

On the strength of Farmer’s two titles, Walton had 24 points through two days and sat second in Class AAAAAA behind Brookwood (33). The Raiders, however, will not have any athletes competing in today’s finals of the sprints, hurdles and jumps.

Hillgrove (16) was eighth and Marietta (11) tied for ninth.

With help from the 20 points scored through Poteet’s championships, Kell had 24 points and took a first-place tie with Union Grove into the final day of the Class AAAAA meet. Kell, however, won’t be able to maintain its place without any athletes competing today.

Local athletes in today’s Class AAAAAA finals include Kennesaw Mountain’s Robert Dunning in the 110 and 300 hurdles, McEachern’s Martice Moore in the 110 hurdles, Marietta’s Simeyon Bobbett in the 800, North Cobb’s Anthony Simmons in the 400, North Cobb’s Cornelius Scott in the 100 and 200 and McEachern’s 1,600 relay.

Pope will be represented by Carson Day (100) and its 400 relay in Class AAAAA.

In the Class A private-school meet, Mount Paran Christian’s Dorian Walker will compete in the 100, while Whitefield Academy’s Robby Keough, the 1,600 champion, will compete for his second title of the week, this time in the 800. Whitefield’s 400 relay will also be competing.
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May 10, 2014
Watching senior Keenan Farmer race will be missed next year. He has always shown class before and after races to competitors, and most each race he ran was a lesson in proper form and mental strength.

While competing against him, my son learned a lot and enjoyed trying different tactics to try and get Keenan out of balance. It was a near impossible goal.

It should also be mentioned Farmer also won best performance in both the 1600 and 3200 for all classifications at the state meet this year.

His presence here will be a loss for Cobb County and a gain for Princeton.
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