2021 TSSAA Spring Fling Track and Field… HV freshman Moore earns All-State in 100m girls’ hurdles

Published 2:25 pm Wednesday, May 26, 2021

ROCKVALE – It’s tough at the state level to garner respect when participating as a freshman but if Tuesday’s TSSAA Spring Fling Small Schools Division 100m Girls’ 100m Hurdles contest was any indication, Happy Valley freshman Marcida Moore served notice that this was just the beginning of something special for the upcoming next three years.

Moore edged out the competitors in the first heat and then had to wait for the second heat to run to see if her time of 17.76 would be good enough to earn a trip to the awards podium.

When the second heat was completed, Moore watched as the times were calculated and saw her name come up in the eighth spot to capture a spot in the state competition as well as All-State honors.

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East Nashville’s Alayna Darrett won the state title with a time of 15.89 with only a slim .74 seconds separating third from eighth place.

Moore also competed in the 300m hurdles but struggled due to running in the first heat which based on times coming in from sectionals was running in a slower group of competitors which threw her timing off as she prefers to run with the faster group.

She finished 13th in the 300m hurdles.

Moore felt like just experiencing what it was like to compete at the state level will definitely help as she progresses through her high school career.

“This was a great experience obviously for my freshman year,” said Moore after her day of competition was complete. “I expect to do better next year obviously I know what to expect and I know what I need to work on. I think I can come down here and do much better.

Moore expanded on what she felt like she needed to work on to improve on for the next season.

“Being in shape would definitely help honestly,” said Moore with a chuckle. “Just having a different mindset and maybe getting in the second heat because the first one really messed with me today.

“I think if I can position myself better next year, it would really help. It’s just an honor to be All-State as a freshman.”

Happy Valley track and field coach Matt Estep was super proud of his young freshman’s effort at the state level.

“There’s nothing else you can say,” Estep commented. “She is a freshman and ran in two events and is All-State in one event.

“We are definitely proud of them (Cameron Cochran and Moore) and hope to have more down here next year.”

2021 Spring Fling Girls’ 100m Hurdles
1. Alayna Darrett – East Nashville 15.89
2. Chelsea Chavis – Chatt. Arts & Science 16.63
3. Haley Kells – South Greene 17.02
4. Brikeria Gilkey – Mem. Arts & Science 17.03
5. Elyse Bartoo – Signal Mountain 17.03
6. Cassidy Mays – Booker T. Washington 17.05
7. Hayly Carman – Milan 17.72
8. Marcida Moore – Happy Valley 17.76