Pickett, Riggs Place in 2A Track Meet

By Molly Seales

Technically, they are still considered to be on the JV Track team, but for freshmen Makayla Pickett and Julia Grace Riggs, age doesn’t matter. Both young ladies had already traveled to Madison High School on April 17 for the JV district track meet where Riggs took 1st place in the shot put, and Pickett took 1st place in the discus throw. Their season didn’t end there.

Even as 9th graders, both girls qualified to compete in the state 2A meet at Jackson Academy on May 5. They are both very competitive, so they didn’t go just for fun-they went to show that they are both strong future contenders to be state champions. In the 2A meet, Riggs placed 3rd in the shot put, and Pickett placed 3rd in the discus throw. This in an amazing accomplishment for two freshmen. Look for Julia Grace and Makayla to pave the way to the top by their senior year in high school.

Track coach Joni Riggs said, “I’m very proud of Makayla and Julia Grace. They put in the work and had a very impressive showing this year at state. Julia Grace threw her personal best of the season, and Makayla threw her career personal best. I’m excited to watch them grow as athletes over the next three years.”