Pontotoc eyes track sweep

PEARL – Mike Bain knows if his boys and girls teams score their predicted points, Pontotoc will have two track and field state champions crowned today.
Bain’s also coached long enough to know not to take anything for granted.
“I think it will be exciting,” he said Sunday. “We’ll see how everything goes.”
Pontotoc’s girls last won state in 2005 while the boys’ last win came in 2002. The Lady Warriors program has two state titles and the boys five.
The MHSAA 6A, 4A and 2A state meets, which were postponed Saturday following a two-hour rain delay, resume at 2 p.m. at Pearl High School.
Saturday’s competition was stopped midway through the 100-meter dash. There are eight running events and a handful of field events remaining, including the pole vault in Class 4A.
Bain is very interested to see when the girls pole vault will be conducted. One of his vaulters, eighth grader Katy McAuley, could potentially finish second behind teammate Katie Gentry, who owns the state’s best vault of 10 feet.
“I’ve been counting on that 18 points (10 for win, 8 for second) in the pole vault,” he said. “That would be big for us.”
However, there’s a chance McAuley may have to compete in the 800 meters moments prior to the pole vault.
“Katy runs the 800 and the 4×400 for us,” Bain said. “She’ll be pretty well-spent after that 800.”
Raymond and Pass Christian are Pontotoc’s competition for the girls championship.
On the boys side, Pontotoc scored 140-plus points in winning North state while South champion Crystal Springs scored 90.
“If you look at everything on paper, our boys are supposed to win,” Bain said. “Nothing’s changed at this point. It’s a two-way battle.”
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