Stringfield helps lead Raiders to county title

Ty Stringfield never experienced the thrill of winning a medal in track prior to last week. No matter the number of events she tried, she couldn’t find her niche.

She found it Friday afternoon at the first Santa Rosa County Championship meet at Navarre, winning the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 53.61.

Stringfield displayed the medal proudly after receiving it and talked about what it meant to her.

“I’ve been in so many events but could never find the right one,” Stringfield said. “To get first and be a county champion, it feels good. I’m proud of myself.”

What is perhaps most impressive about Stringfield’s accomplishment is that she’s attempted the 300-meter hurdles only a handful of times this season.

“I had never run it until this year, and this was only my third or fourth time doing it,” Stringfield said. “I went up to coach and said I wanted to be in the 300 hurdles. She put me in and I’ve been doing well ever since. I’m an athlete.”

Athleticism is evident throughout Navarre’s girls track roster and the Raiders used it to claim their first championship of the season, winning the county meet with 87 points, six more than second-place Pace.

Navarre won seven of the 17 events and had athletes place in the top five in all but two events.

In year that has been, arguably, the best one yet for the Raiders, the success on Friday is more of the norm rather than the exception.

Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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