TWO MARKS FALL DESPITE NEW ELECTRONIC TIMERS
By Mike Talbert
Not many records were expected to be set in the first running of the Daily Journal Relays using electronic timers.
However, two records were set Saturday anyway, despite the cold and wind.
Eighth-grader Demetria Burks of Potts Camp won the Division 1 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 31.2 seconds, breaking the 1994 record set by Selena Bishop of Saltillo by eight-tenths of a second.
Also the Columbus 800-meter relay team of Kisha Watson, Rhoda Thomas, Kim Griffin and Shemekka Taylor knocked 0.2 seconds off Maben’s 1988 record with a 1:47.61 time.
Burks’ win gave Potts Camp a sweep in the Divison 1 distance event. Fellow eighth-grader Lindsey Stewart won the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs.
“My young kids are really great,” Potts Camp track coach Karen Green said. “I can’t believe we came here and finished second to Biggersville with only seventh- and eighth-graders.”
Winning pace continues: Teneshia Jones, who is receiving a lot of track letters as a junior at Nettleton, repeated first place finishes in the same three events that she won state Class 2A championships in last year. Jones had first place finishes in the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team.
“This was an important meet for us. It will help determine how we do in the division meet,” she said. “We want to get back to state. I love to compete.”
Tough comeback: Tupelo’s Lanauldo Bolden overcame nearly a 10-meter deficit to edge a Starkville runner by literally an inch in the final leg of the final of the Golden Wave’s 44.83-second 400-meter relay win.
“All I could think about was coming in first,” Bolden said. “My legs were hurting, but I saw that other guy slowing so I put a little something extra in it.”
Different competition: Tupelo miler Jason Gardner opened the first leg of his run with a 59-second lap, a little faster than he wanted, and finished with a 4:52 clocking, a disappointing time, even though he won the event hands down.
The week before in a much tougher field he ran a 4:40 mile, but finished fifth.
“I really like someone competing shoulder-to-shoulder with me,” Gardner said. He said conditions were also a factor in the higher time.
“The wind had calmed down on the first lap, but then the wind picked up and slowed us down.”
Gardner, who also won the 800 meters, is a track signee with Bevill State Community College in Alabama.
Foreign aid: The lone Itawamba AHS first in girls competition was snared by Marcella Hanke, an exchange student from Braunschweig, Germany, who won the Division 3 long jump with a 15-9 leap.
Independent runner: A newcomer to Northeast Mississippi, Larry Goodine III, who just moved from Coral Gables, Fla., to live with his father, Larry Goodine Jr., pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Booneville, ran unattached in two events. Goodine, who will go to school in Booneville, finished first in a heat of the Division 1 100-meter competition with an 11.61-second time and second in a heat of the Division 3 400-meter run with a time of 54 seconds flat, although neither times were official.