Riverdale girls sprint to county title

Riverdale girls sprint to county title

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Riverdale girls sprint to county title

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MURFREESBORO

Riverdale added to its dominant girls track and field team on Tuesday night with a familiar face.

The addition added to what has become a regular occurrence — a rout in the L.D. Agee Rutherford County Track and Field Championships.

Miss Basketball finalist Olivia Jones, an MTSU basketball signee, returned to the track where she has been a key member of the Lady Warriors’ team the past three seasons. Jones was part of the winning 4×100-meter relay and 4×200 relay. She also finished first in the shot put.

“Coach (Rickey Field) asked me to run,” Jones said. “I haven’t thrown shot since my sophomore year. I didn’t have any technique or anything. I just threw it.

“It’s hard to do more than one sport, back-to-back. (Track) is a sport that I’ve done since I was little. I missed it a lot.”

The Lady Warriors finished with 235 points to win by 96 points over second-place Siegel. Oakland was third with 82, Blackman was fourth with 76 and La Vergne was fifth with 73.

The boys meet will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at Riverdale.

Riverdale’s girls won nine of the 18 events and all four relays.

Teammate Joy Frierson won the 100 (12.45 seconds) over teammate Jaa’Leah White. She was also on the 4×100 relay that won in 48.60 seconds, 4×200 (1:43.53) and 4×400 (4:26.93).

Frierson, a junior, was hampered with a hamstring injury early in the season. It’s forced her to come back slower than she would like this season.

“I don’t have time for strains right now,” she said. “This is where I need to be my very best. I’m getting closer (to be 100 percent). Every meet I get closer.”

La Vergne’s Aliah Cook won three events in the 100 hurdles (15.30), 300 hurdles (47.01) and triple jump (33-feet-7). La Vergne also picked up a winner in Jaelyn todd in the discus (116-4).

“I try my best,” said Cook, who was part of the 4×100 relay that finished second.

Siegel standout distance runner Nicole Gardner, who won the Class AAA state cross country title earlier this school year, won the 3,200 (11:35.29) and 1,600 (5:04). Siegel’s Kiera Weems won the 800 (2:23.97). And Siegel’s Sarah Welborn in the 400 (1:00.41).

Gardner beat Oakland’s Hannah Waggoner by more than nine seconds in the 3,200 and beat Siegel teammate Trisha Frazer by 34 seconds in the 1,600.

“I was just pacing (in the 3,200). The last 500 meters I just kind of went out,” Gardner said. “I don’t feel like I’ve had a strong mile this season. So, I just went out and raced my watch.”

Blackman’s Kelsey Phillips won the high jump in 4-6.

Other winners for Riverdale included the Riverdale 4×800 relay (10:51.88), White in the 200 (25.90), Millie Suggs in the pole vault (8-6) and Jasmine Mayes in the long jump (15-7 1/2).

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