By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – One of Garrett Rogers’ goals was to see his name on Tupelo High School’s track and field records board at the football stadium.
Rogers broke the school record earlier this season in the 800 meters with a clocking of 1 minute, 57.57 seconds in the Ole Miss Invitational. The previous record was a 1:58.55 set in 2008 by Rob Ellis.
“I didn’t have to run the (1,600) that day before the 800,” Rogers said. “I was fresh. It was awesome. It is what I’d been aiming for since starting track. I wanted to get my name on the board.”
Rogers is hoping to break another record in Saturday’s 42nd annual Daily Journal Relays at THS. Ellis also holds the Journal record with a 2:00.99 in 2008.
Tupelo will be joined by 16 other schools in the day-long meet, which begins at 10 a.m. with the field events. The running events are scheduled to finished between 4-5 p.m.
Most teams will use the Journal meet as their final tune-up prior to an upcoming string of postseason meets – division, region, north state and state.
The state meet is scheduled for May 11-12 at the Pearl High School while the North half meet will be at Mississippi State.
“You hope to see some continued improvement,” Tupelo coach Brian Jones said. “We’ve had a lot of people PR every week. I just want to see us continue to compete hard.”
Tupelo girls pole vaulter, junior Callie Watson, will see her name remain on the records board at the stadium.
She vaulted 10-feet even at this season’s MSU Invitational. She owned the previous record of 9-6. The Journal Relays record of 10 feet was set last season by Pontotoc’s Katie Gentry.
“One of my goals was to break my record,” Watson said. “I’m waiting on a new, longer pole to come in. I’m not getting maximum height with the one I’m using. With a new pole I could get 10-6.”