PEARL - In nearly everything she does, Hickory Flat's R'Daztiny Harris is a standout. But in last Friday's Class 1A State Championship Track and Field Meet, Harris has never stood out more when she placed both feet atop the podium with a gold medal around her neck.
Harris placed first in the high jump with a personal best 5-02. The state record for the girls high jump is 5-04.
"R'Daztiny is an amazing athlete," Hickory Flat head coach Leah Green said. "She only started practicing the high jump six weeks prior to the state meet. For her to beat all these jumpers that have done this for years is amazing."
"It feels great," Harris claimed of being the school's first state title winner in track and field. "Especially it being my first year, I was very excited.
"I was aware that I was only two inches away of the record. I tried to tie the record but I was fine with my personal record."
Harris also took home bronze in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.84 and placed fourth in the 200 meters.
Other results for Hickory Flat, Wesley Green placed fourth in the 3,200 meters and fifth in the 1,600 meters. Wesley's sister, Morgan brought back a silver medal with a time of 12:49.75 in the 3,200 meters race and placed fourth in the 1,600 meters. Alex Pickens landed in fourth in the long jump and Corlilla Burnside also placed seventh in the 200 meters race.
The Lady Rebels had one relay team qualify for the state meet. Hickory Flat's girls 4x100 meters relay team brought home the bronze with a time of 52.95.
"I am extremely proud of these athletes," Coach Green stated. "This is our first year to a have track team at Hickory Flat. We started with 16 athletes at the beginning of the season. Of those 16 athletes, six made it all the way to the state track meet and five of them came home with medals."