By Molly Seales
On Thursday, the Riverdale Academy varsity track team traveled to Madison High School in Tallulah for the District 2A track meet. Many of the JV team members also compete on varsity, and the team came home as district runner up. Several of the athletes qualified for the South AA meet in Clinton, LA, on April 26 and April 29.
In field events, Julia Grace Riggs placed 2nd in shot put, and Kacie Harper placed 4th in shot put. Makayla Pickett placed 2nd in discus throw. All three of these field athletes advanced to the South AA meet. Alaina Boyd placed 7th in the long jump.
In track events, 8th grader Allie Murphy took 1st place in the 100-meter hurdles, and Alaina Boyd took 2nd place in the 300-meter hurdles. Both Allie and Alaina qualified for South AA. Gracie Stephens placed 6th in the 100-meter dash, Alaina Boyd placed 6th in the 200-meter dash, Abbie Jowers placed 3rd in the 400-meter dash, and Cardin Young placed 5th in the 400-meter dash. Young also placed 4th in the 800-meter run, which qualified her for South AA in the event. Jowers placed 5th in the mile run.
All 3 of the relay teams placed 2nd and qualified for South AA. The team for the 4×100 relay consisted of Young, Murphy, Boyd, and Stephens. The 4×200 team was Murphy, Stephens, Jowers, and Boyd, while the 4×400 team was Murphy, Jowers, Stephens, and Boyd.
Congratulations to these ladies on a job well done! Good luck at South AA.
Photo credit Maressa Halbmeier