Riverdale JV Track Team Brings Home 2nd Place at District Meet

By Molly Seales

On Monday, April 17, the Riverdale JV track team, which is coached by Joni Riggs and Maressa Halbmaier, traveled to Madison High School in Tallulah for the district track meet. They did a fabulous job, and they brought home the 2nd place trophy. In the boy’s division, Zane Givens placed 1st in the 200-meter run, 3rd in the 100-meter run, and 3rd in the 400-meter run. Tyler Wilhite placed 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles, 3rd in the 800-meter run, and 5th in the 200-meter run. Givens and Wilhite, who are both freshmen, are the only two young men on the boys’ team, and they did a fabulous job!

In the girl’s division, Riverdale showed that they may be few in number, but they are outstanding in their events. In field events, freshmen Makayla Pickett and Julia Grace Riggs both repeated as JV district champions-Pickett in discus and Riggs in shot put. In her first JV district meet, 7th grader Emma Youngblood placed 4th in shot put. Freshman Alaina Boyd placed 4th in the long jump.

In running events, the ladies stepped up and made Riverdale proud. Freshman Gracie Stephens placed 3rd in the 100- meter run, and 7th grader Lexi Pearah placed 7th. 8th grader Allie Murphy placed 2nd in the 100 -meter hurdles. Boyd placed 2nd in the 300-meter hurdles, and 7th grader Hannah Murray placed 3nd in 300- meter hurdles. Murphy placed 4thand Boyd placed 6th in the 200-meter run. 8th grader Abbie Jowers placed 2nd in the 400-meter run, and 7th grader Lily McCoy placed 3rd in the 400-meter. 7th grader Adyson Barrett placed 2nd in the 800-meter run, while Jowers placed 3rd in the mile run, and freshman Cardin Young placed 5th. In the 4 x 100-meter relay, the team of Boyd, McCoy, Pearah, and Stephens placed 1st, and in the 4 x 200-meter relay the team of McCoy, Murray, Murphy, and Stephens placed 1st. In the 4 x 400-meter relay, Barrett, McCoy, Pearah, and Stephens placed 2nd.

These students had a great day and did an excellent job representing Riverdale.

Photo credit Makayla Pickett