Bobby Purvis enjoyed his last Class 1A North Mississippi Track Meet as his Biggersville squads again swept to team titles Saturday at Tupelo High School.
The host Tupelo boys also appeared to enjoy their home track, winning the 5A north title, but key fifth-place finishes perhaps ended their 5A state championship hopes.
Biggersville scored 165 points in the 1A boys meet to win easily, with Noxapater second with 93. Biggersville also had five individual event winners, with Scott Thompson winning the 1,600-meter run and the pole vault and Torrie Sorrell winning the 110-and the 300-meter hurdles.
Meanwhile, the Biggersville girls scored 153 points to win the team title, with Walnut second with 98. Tyronza Davis led the Biggersville effort with three wins the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump.
“It’s nice for the boys to win the north half back-to-back because they never have,” said Purvis, who will be coaching at Corinth next season. “The boys are going to win more events today, but the girls are going to have more in the state meet.”
Biggersville won the boys 1A state title last year and the girls finished second.
For the host Tupelo boys, a 157 point total was enough to win the 5A north half, with Vicksburg second with 94. Tupelo won four of the six field events and ran a state best for the year in the 4×200 and the 4×400 relays.
But a dropped baton in the 4×100 relay and fifth place finishes in six events may have doomed Tupelo’s 5A state championship hopes. Only the top four finishers in each event in each half of the state qualify for the state meet Friday and Saturday.
In 2A running, Nettleton’s Teneeshia Jones won the 100 and 200 meters for the best area showing. The North Pontotoc girls in third and the Nettleton boys in fourth were the best area team finishes.