Lady Raiders run away with girls championship

By Anthony Rhoads

The Riverdale Lady Raiders ran away with their fourth straight Clayton County Track Championship Friday at Tara Stadium.

The Lady Raiders posted 155 team points, 41 points ahead of second-place finisher Mundy's Mill.

"We're proud of the team," Riverdale head coach Adam Phyall said. "They've overcome a lot of adversity to win their fourth straight. We hope to take this momentum into the region meet."

The Riverdale girls also have their sights set on the Class AAAAA state meet.

"The team is motivated by their fourth-place finish last year," Phyall said. "They were disappointed about last year and we hope to make a run this year."

In Friday's final events, Riverdale placed first in five events.

Dominique Thurman won the 100 meter dash, Amber Thrash won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and the team of Centauria Olds, Morgan Joseph, Nicole Davis and Tia Perry won the 400 and 1,600 relays.

The Lovejoy boys had a commanding lead after Thursday's field finals and that momentum carried them to the championship.

"That was our goal; we wanted the championship to come down to the field events," Lovejoy head coach Damon Blythe said. "The kids responded."

Lovejoy posted 137 team points, outdistancing Morrow by 39 points.

The Lovejoy boys won the county title in 2002 and came in third last season.