By Tanna M. Friday, For The Tribune
IRONDALE — Irondale Mayor James Stewart Jr., presented a proclamation recognizing a local track star’s skills and talents from Shades Valley High School.
Reah DeGraffenreid, junior at Shades Valley High School, competed and brought home four-first place medals from an invitational event on the weekend of April 21, 2022.
DeGraffenreid and Shaves Valley Track team competed at the JEFCO High School League of Championships 2022, along with 12 other schools, and was hosted by Corner High School. DeGraffenreid placed first place in four events, including the Women’s Varsity 100 meter dash (12.32); Women’s Varsity 200 meter dash (25.08); Women’s Varsity 100 meter Hurdles Finals 33” (15.88); and Women’s Varsity 300 m Hurdles Finals 30” (46.51).
“Track and Field is a sport that requires tremendous skill and talent as well as dedication and hard work,” Steward said. “[It] is known as one for the most contested Olympic sports with athletes reaching national and world notoriety. The City of Irondale would like to recognize and bring notoriety to our own outstanding track and field athletes for their excellence in competition.
“Reah has competed and secured top-tier finishes in numerous other state and local Track and Field events,” he continued. “Therefore, be it hereby resolved that the Mayor of the City of Irondale issue this proclamation of congratulations and honor Reah DeGraffenreid for her athletic achievement and for making the City of Irondale proud.”
Other local schools that participated in the invitation include Center Point High School, Clay-Chalkville High School, Pinson Valley High School, and Shades Valley High School.