By Molly Seales
On Monday, April 12, the Riverdale Academy JV Girls and Boys track teams travelled to Silliman Institute in Clinton, LA, for their district track meet. The only 2 boys that attended the meet did an exceptional job. 9th grader Kyle Guillory got 1st place in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash, while 8th grader Bryson Smith got 2nd place in the same races.
The girls’ team has many more members, and they were able to pull out a 2nd place overall finish. In field events, 7thgrader Alaina Boyd placed 2nd in discus, while 7th grader Makayla Pickett placed 3rd in discus. In shot put, 7th grader Julia Grace Riggs placed 2nd and 9th grader Emily Cason placed 3rd. 8th grader Shirley Boyd placed 6th in the long jump.
In track events, Alaina Boyd placed 1st in 100 meter hurdles. 7th grader Gracie Stephens placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash, Alaina Boyd placed 5th in the 400 meter dash, 6th grader Ally Kate Hillman placed 3rd in the 800 meter run, and 6th grader Alissa Curry placed 2nd in the 1,600 meter run. The 4 x 100 relay team of Alaina Boyd, Gracie Stephens, 7thgrader Hanna Catherine Huddleston, and 9th grader Georgia Carlisle placed 3rd. The 4 x 200 relay team of Huddleston, Carlisle, Alaina Boyd, and 7th grader Mary Claire Jones placed 4th, and the 4 x 400 relay team of Huddleston, Stephens, Shirley Boyd, and 7th grader Charity Williamson placed 2nd. The girls acquired enough points to give them a 2nd place finish and bring the trophy home to East Point.
On Thursday, April 15, the Riverdale Academy Varsity Girls and Boys track teams also traveled to Silliman Institute for their district track meet. The varsity boys team also has fewer members than the girl’s team, but they all did an excellent job. The varsity boys were without key runner Jake Messenger who was out due to surgery for an injury sustained during football season.
In field events, senior Paul Messenger placed 4th in both shot put and discus. In track events, 9th grader Kyle Guillory placed 4th in the 110 meter hurdles, 8th grader Bryson Smith placed 5th in the 100 meter dash, and junior Ty Jones placed 3rd in the 400 meter dash. Senior Brennan Edie demonstrated his outstanding speed by placing 1st in the 200 meter dash and placing 2nd in the 100 meter dash. The 4 x 100 relay team of Edie, Jones, Messenger, and Guillory placed 3rd, while the 4 x 200 relay team of Edie, Jones, Messenger, and Smith also placed 3rd.
In varsity girls field events, 8th grader Jadyn King, participating in her first varsity track meet, placed 1st in the discus and 4th in shot put. Emily Cason placed 3rd in shot put, and Makayla Pickett placed 3rd in discus.
In track events, 7th grader Alaina Boyd placed 4th in the 100 meter hurdles, and 7th grader Gracie Stephens placed 5th in the 100 meter dash. 7th grader Mary Claire Jones placed 4th in the 400 meter run, while fellow 7th grader Hanna Catherine Huddleston placed 5th in the same event. 6th grader Ally Kate Hillman placed 6th in the 800 meter run. Junior Rylee Kate Woodard had an outstanding day, placing 2nd in the 800 meter run and 3rd in the 200 meter dash.
The relay team of Shirley Boyd, Charity Williamson, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, and Mary Claire Jones placed 2ndin the 4 x 400. The team of Stephens, Huddleston, Woodard, and Alaina Boyd placed 3rd in the 4 x 100 relay, while the team of Alaina Boyd, Woodard, Jones, and Huddleston placed 3rd in the 4 x 200 relay. The varsity girls also acquired enough points to bring the 2nd place trophy home to East Point.
All 1st – 4th place finishers advance to the South A Meet at Silliman Institute. Field Events will be today, April 21, and track events will be on Saturday, April 24. Good luck to all of our Rebels at South A!