La Vergne senior Aliah Cook won two events and finished second in two others to lead a large contention of county track and field athletes to qualify for next week’s TSSAA Class AAA state track and field championships at Tuesday’s Class AAA sectional meet at Rhea County High School.
Cook, an Austin Peay signee, won both the triple jump (37-feet-0) and long jump (17-8 1/2). She finished second in the 100 hurdles (15.06) and 300 hurdles (48.33).
The top four finishes in each event qualify for the Class AAA meet.
Cook was the county’s lone double winner in individual events.
Riverdale won the girls meet with 97 points. Ooltewah was second with 87, La Vergne was third with 61 and Blackman was fourth with 56.5 points.
“I’m very happy with this team,” Riverdale coach Rickey Field said. “I feel like they keep improving and have stepped up this year.
“They’ve been gelling all year.”
Riverdale sophomore Anastasia Hayes won the 400 (58.63) and also qualified in the 100 and 200.
La Vergne’s Kira King won the 800 (2:24.84). Blackman won the 4×200 relay in 1:45.01 and La Vergne won the 4×400 relay in 4:09.51.
Oakland won the boys meet with 99 points. Tullahoma was second with 77 points, and Rhea County was third with 72 points. Blackman was sixth with 39.
Oakland coach Al Evans said the Patriots’ win was helped out with a large number of boys competing.
“We nickled and dimed them,” Evans said. “We had 18 guys competing.
“But on the bright side, we advanced to state in 13 events and won the sectional.”
Oakland’s Eli Leskinen won the 3,200 in 9:50.41. Teammate Kyle Oliver, a Tennessee football signee, won the discus with a throw of 139-8. His win came in his first year of high school track and field.
Blackman’s Michael Harris won the 400 in 51.42, and La Vergne’s Leonel Perez won the 1,600 in 4:29.
Oakland’s 4×800 relay won in 8:23.31. The Patriots’ 4×400 relay won in 3:28.64.