Although Reeltown’s track and field team had only nine individuals and one relay team advance to the state meet, the Rebels will be hunting down several medals this week as many of those qualifiers advanced in multiple events at the Class 2A Section 3 meet.
Reeltown collected several gold medals. Taniya Haynes was one of the biggest success stories. She earned first place in the 100 with a time of 13.00. Haynes took nearly two-tenths of a second off her preliminary time and edged out LaFayette’s Toniya Collier by three-hundredths of a second. Haynes was also the winner of the 200 dash, once again beating out Collier and clocking in at 27.21. In the 200, Haynes sliced more than a second off her prelim time. She also collected a pair of silver medals, placing second in the the 400 (1:05.03) and the triple jump (31-0).
On the boys side, the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles were both especially kind to Reeltown, as the Rebels took first and second in both events. Eric Shaw won both the 110 (15.67) and the 300 hurdles (42.95), while Zantjuan Knight placed second in both, clocking in at 16.74 and 43.92, respectively.
For state, Shaw is seeded first in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300. Shaw also won a gold medal in the high jump, clearing 6-2 — 4 inches more than anyone else — and earning a top seed for state in that event as well. Shaw also qualified for state in the shot put after a fourth-place finish with a toss of 40-11.75 at sectionals.
Derrick Hammond also climbed atop the podium for Reeltown, winning a gold medal in the javelin with a throw of 142-1. He was more than 6 feet ahead of the rest of the pack.
Keon Cooper will also compete in three events at state. After earning a silver medal in the triple jump with a mark of 39-0.5, Cooper took fifth in the 800 (2:13.85) and sixth in the 400 (55.55).
Rhasheed Wilson earned spots at state in the 100 (5th, 11.57) and the long jump (7th, 18-7).
Also qualifying for state for the boys was the 4x4 (5th, 3:45.66).
On the girls side, Rinaysha Brown had strong finishes in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, taking third (18.63) and fourth (53.91) respectively, to qualify for state. She’ll also compete in the triple jump after placing fourth (27-5.5).
Brekia Riley will compete alongside Brown in the 100 hurdles (5th, 19.61) and the 300 hurdles (6th, 56.53), and Vera Baker qualified in the 800 (4th, 2:51.97).
Rebels go 1-2 at
A walk-off single by Bella Studdard highlighted a 5-4 victory over Straughn for Reeltown’s softball team this weekend, but from there, the Rebels suffered losses to Pleasant Home, 5-3, and Goshen, 7-6.
Against Straughn, the game was tied 4-4 going into the fifth when Bentley Baker was walked to lead things off. With one out, Studdard played hero as she laced a single to center field to drive in the winning run. Studdard led the offense with a pair of hits.
In the loss to Pleasant Home, Reeltown’s bat stalled as it finished with just four hits. Against Goshen, the Rebels actually outhit Goshen, 10-7, but it was the Eagles who turned the tables for a walk-off victory. Chloe Davidson, Madison Ledbetter and Kenzie Gibson each had a pair of hits in the narrow loss.