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In a flash – it’s over!


West Tennessee’s Middle School Track & Field sectional (state) championships played out at Halle Stadium last week (May 3), with some of the area’s best competing for supremacy.

by Andre Mitchell
Special to the Tri-State Defender

West Tennessee’s Middle School Track & Field sectional (state) championships played out at Halle Stadium last week (May 3), with some of the area’s best competing for supremacy.

 
 Ridgeway’s Mikayla Johnson jumps past Bellevue’s Angelica Lightfoot for 1st place in the girl’s 100-meter hurdles. (courtesy photos)

 
 The boy’s fastest sprinter in west Tennessee goes to Ridgeway’s Joe Hayes, followed by a student from Tipton County’s Brighton Middle and Fairview’s DeQuan Dallas.

In the girl’s 100-meter hurdles, it was Ridgeway’s Mikayla Johnson just besting Bellevue’s Angelica Lightfoot to grab the first place medal for the title of fastest female 100-meter hurdler in west Tennessee. Johnson and Lightfoot battled for the top spot last week in the City Championships and it is likely they’ll be taking their talents to the next level, where they likely will face one another again in the near future.

As for the boy’s, it was nearly a rematch of the MIAA city championships with Bellevue’s Kerric Jones taking first place in the 100 meter hurdles. Jones was followed closely by Wooddale’s Keedan Montgomery for second and Colonial’s LiDarrion Seymour landing a third place finish in the TMSAA sectional final.

In the 100-meter dash – straight running, no hurdle jumping – it was Ridgeway’s Tiereny Simmons bringing home the first place medal, followed by Bellevue’s Jaylin Perry for the fastest sprinters for the 2012 season.

Among the boy’s, the fastest sprinter in west Tennessee honor goes to Ridgeway’s Joe Hayes, followed by a student from Tipton County’s Brighton Middle and Fairview’s DeQuan Dallas.

In the boy’s 4x100 relay, it was too close for comfort, so I’m asking all readers who they think who won the race.

NOTE: As the 2011-12 school year comes to an end, the TSD concludes its coverage of middle school sports. Thanks to Memphis’ Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), each of the middle schools, their administrative staff members, coaches, parents and especially the student-athletes who have worked so hard and competed with pride and school spirit to bring home the hardware.

GOING FORWARD: The 2012-13 athletic year looks to be full of great competition and memorable moments for the student-athletes here in Memphis, Shelby County and the Tri-State region. Please look for us next year as we build upon the now-completed middle school sports year.

 

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