Riverdale JV Track Team Wins District Runner-Up

By Molly Seals

On Thursday, April 14, the Riverdale JV track team traveled to Canton, MS, to participate in the JV District Track where they came away with district runner-up. Every one of our JV track team members placed in their events!

In the 100-meter hurdles, 7th grader Allie Murphy placed 1st, and 6th grader Lexie Pearah placed 3rd. In the 300-meter hurdles, 8th grader Alaina Boyd placed 1st. In the 100-meter dash, Murphy placed 3rd and Pearah placed 4th. In the 200-meter dash, A .Boyd placed 3rd and 6th grader Kaleigh Pickett placed 4th. In the 400-meter dash, 9th grader Shirley Boyd placed 4th.

In the 4 x 100 relay, the team of A. Boyd, Pickett, Murphy, and Pearah placed 2nd, while the 4 x 200 relay team of Pearah, Pickett, S. Boyd, and A. Boyd also placed second. In the final relay, the 4 x 400, the team of Pearah, S. Boyd, Murphy, and Pickett also placed 2nd.

In field events, Riverdale had a strong showing as well. Shirley Boyd placed 3rd in the long jump. 8th Grader Makayla Pickett placed first in the discus, throwing her personal best of 70 feet.  Alaina Boyd took 3rd place in discus. In the shot put, 9th grader Kacie Harper took 2nd place, and 8th grader Julia Grace Riggs took 1st place. Riggs is on track to follow in the footsteps of her big sister, Jaylee Riggs Wyatt, a 2017 graduate of Riverdale. Jaylee was district and state champion in shot put in 2016 and 2017, her junior and senior years.

The JV track team would like to give a huge thanks to parents Joni Riggs and Maressa Halbmaier. Today, Wednesday April 20th the track team will travel to Clarksdale, MS, for the varsity district championship. Good luck Rebels!

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