Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 18, 2014

Lady Panthers finish strong at the Early Bird at Riverdale

CROSSVILLE — The track and field teams of Stone Memorial competed among a strong field in the Riverdale Early Bird Championship on Saturday. The event boasted 25 teams with the majority of the teams being from AAA.

“This was a huge first meet for this team. This is our first year in AAA and we needed to come a meet of this caliber so our kids could see the difference between A-AA and AAA. This meet was easily the toughest meet in the state in the month of March,” head coach Matt Bates stated.

The girl’s team finished in fifth place out of the 25 teams with host Riverdale winning, followed by Station Camp, Antioch and Siegel.

The highlights for the girl’s team went to the record-setting day by several of the young ladies.

Aly McNulty tied the school record for high jump with a mark of 5’ 0” which is also good enough to get into the state rankings at seond place for AAA.

Next, Tiffany Cokkinias ran a 2:38.00 800-meter open race, which broke her previous record of 2:40.03 set last season at the UT Vols Track Classic. The time by Cokkinias also puts her in the top 15 in times for AAA.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Hailey Coudriet, Lexi Hinch, Tiffany Cokkinias and Bailey Rutledge shattered the school record of 11:47.00 with a new time of 10:38.58 to get a narrow second-place finish. That time also gives them a fourth-place AAA state ranking.

Coudriet won the 3200-meter race with a time of 12:21.00, which gives her a current AAA state ranking of second place.

“I knew these girls could run well. But, after seeing them today, it has the potential to be a great year. We have to keep getting better and stay healthy and we could have another great run in the post season," said Bates.

The boys had a much rougher go on Saturday. With four starters out with the flu, the boys faced a strong field.

“They never stopped battling all day. Every race was a dogfight and we were right there we just could not score any points. When we get everyone healthy, we should have a great chance to do some things,” added Bates.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers return to action Friday at the Chattanooga Christian Open which will feature 10-15 teams. The teams will return home for their first of three consecutive home meets starting on March 27 with the annual King of the Mountain Series 1, then April 1 with the King of The Mountain Series 2 and finishes up with the King of Mountain Series Finale April 8. There will be 12-15 teams from the midstate and East Tennessee attending each event at SMHS and competing for the King of the Mountain Trophy. The team invites the community to come out and support the team as they take on some the best the state has to offer.

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