The Riverside Knights Cross Country team had a successful season and expects the same in winter indoor track.

Riverside High School Coach Mark Cagle stated proudly, “We ended last year on a high note in spring track. Briley Bickerstaff won the state championship in the two mile and Tyquan Bunch won the state championship in the long jump. So we had a little momentum going into the cross country season.”

“We had a great cross season, the girls won the conference championship and came in third in the regionals, which gave them the opportunity to run in the state championships. The boys came in second in the conference and fifth in the regionals,” he added

The entire girls team went to Greensboro for cross country state championship, along with two boys that qualified-Shane Griffin and Noah Nicholson for the cross country state championship.”

The girls that attended the cross country state championship were Briley Bickerstaff, Ivanna Vasquez, GiGi Carranza, JaNiya Ransome, Alyssa Roscoe and Cori’Ana Carter.

Coach Cagle stated, “Briley Bickerstaff was runner-up at the state championship and ranked second place 1A in the entire state.”

The state championship took place in Nov. 2021, in Kernersville.

“We took a week off and then started with winter track in November of 2021,” Cagle said. “We took a week off before we started practice for indoor track. We had approximately three to four practices before our first meet.”

“The first meet was in Franklinton and Bickerstaff qualified in two events for the state meet, the mile and two mile. Nicholson qualified in the 500 meter for the state meet,” Cagle added.

“We set 12 school records in our first meet and nine more at the meet in Rocky Mount. Briley qualified in the 1000 meter, so she’s qualified now in three events for the state championship. Noah qualified in the 300 meter dash for the state championship. So we are headed in the right direction.” Cagle noted.

Saturday was the third event of the season and was held at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City.

“Our cross country season was a strong season. We have not had a full girls team in about three to four years. This year we had seven,” the Coach said. “So this year we had a full girls team and full boys team. We have a lot of eight graders looking forward to coming up and running for us. So we should have a strong showing next year as well.”

The Knights competed in track events at Northeastern High School on Saturday and here are their results.

In the Boys 300 meter run, Noah Nicholson came in first, with a time of 36:34.

In the Boys 1000 meter run, Allen Vasquez came in fourth place with a time of 4:25.20

In the Boys 1600 meter run, Noah Nicholson came in first, with a time of 4:57.10, Shane Griffin came in fourth with a time of 5:42.10 and Allen Vasquez came in fifth with a time of 6:43.00

In the Boys 3200 meter run, Shane Griffin came in second with a time of 12:48.30 and Zander Matthew came in fourth with a time of 15:37.80

In the Boys 4 x 800 meter relay, Riverside came in second place, with a time of 14:36

In the Girls 1000 meter run, Briley Bickerstaff came in first with a time of 3:33.00

In the Girls 1600 meter run, Briley Bickerstaff came in first with a time of 5:27.60, JaNiya Ransome placed fifth with a time of 7:25.30, Ivanna Vazquez placed seventh, with a time of 7:42.50, Alyssa Roscoe placed eight with a time of 7:47.20, Leticia Carranza placed nineth, with a time of 7:49.60

In the Girls 3200 meter run, Briley Bickerstaff came in first, with a time of 11:51.20, Ivanna Vazquez placed 4th, with a time of 17:18.60 and Alyssa Roscoe placed fifth, with a time of 18:09.30

In the Girls 4 x 800 meter relay, Riverside came in second with a time of 12:01.80

Andre’ Alfred can be reached via email at aalfred@ncweeklies.com.