MURFREESBORO – Riverdale showed off its depth Tuesday night in running away with the L.D. Agee Rutherford County Girls Track and Field Championships at Tomahawk Stadium.
The Lady Warriors won by 89 points despite winning just three events over the two-day event.
“We know we aren’t going to be first all the time,” Riverdale coach Rickey Field said. “This is a very, very young team. Some of them are first-year ever running track and field at the high school level. And some of them are in their first year of ever running track. We try and space them out in the proper order that they can compete and be successful.”
Riverdale’s girls won with 198 points. Blackman was second with 109. Central Magnet was third with 78.5, followed by La Vergne with 72.5, Stewarts Creek with 69, Oakland with 66, Siegel with 42, MTCS with 25, Smyrna with 11 and Eagleville with 7.
The boys running events will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Riverdale.
Two-sport athlete Anastasia Hayes won Riverdale’s lone individual events and anchored the Lady Warriors’ winning 4×400-meter relay. Hayes, who also is a basketball standout at the school, won the 200 in 25.90 seconds over Stewarts Creek freshman Kyra Wilder (26.12). Hayes also won the 400, edging Blackman’s Gabrielle Napper. Hayes won in 58.91 seconds. Napper finished in 59.15.
The Riverdale 4×400 relay team of Tamia Aldridge, Anna Kate Ferrell, Jenny Kinnard and Hayes won in 4:23.75.
Hayes, a sophomore, finished second to Wilder in the 100. Wilder won in 12.59. Hayes finished in 12.79.
“I came off the blocks bad,” said Hayes, whom Kentucky recent offered a basketball scholarship. “I knew I had to fix that for the 200 and 400.”
Second-year Stewarts Creek had a strong performance in the sprint events, winning the 4×100 and 4×200 relays with Wilder in both relays.
The 4×200 team of Danielle Tigg, Joy Abbott, Martia Shaw and Wilder won in 1:50.42. The 4×100 team of Tigg, Audrey Bostwick, Shaw and Wilder won in 52.54.
Central Magnet won three of the four distance events. Freshman Taylor Cuneo won the 3,200 in 10:52.69 — more than a minute faster than second-place finisher Emma McClellan of Riverdale (12:02.54). Senior Claudia Smith won the 800 (2:22.19) over La Vergne’s Kira King (2:27.46). And the Lady Tigers’ 4×800 relay team won in 11:12.95.
Smith’s win came despite having to sprint across the football field to make the start of the race.
“In my mind we had 10 more minutes,” said Smith, a three-sport athlete at Central. “I heard ‘Claudia Smith, get on the line.'”
La Vergne’s Aliah Cook won both the 100 hurdles (15.50) and 300 hurdles (48.58). Cook finished the meet with four wins after winning the long jump and triple jump on Monday.
Siegel’s Nicole Gardner, an Alabama signee, won the 1,600 (5:15.72).
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L.D. Agee Rutherford County Championships
Girls team scores
Team scores: 1. Riverdale 198, 2. Blackman 109, 3. Central Magnet 78.5, 4. La Vergne 72.5, 5. Stewarts Creek 69, 6. Oakland 66, 7. Siegel 42, 8. MTCS 25, 9. Smyrna 11, 10. Eagleville 7.