LHS girls finish second in 4A North Half meet

Led by a handful of first-place finishes, the Lafayette Lady Commodores finished second in the MHSAA Class 4A North Half track meet held Saturday in Pontotoc.

Lafayette finished with 108 points, only nine fewer than Pontotoc. The Commodores, meanwhile, finished in eighth place with 44 points. Yazoo County won the meet with 75 points. There were a total of 18 teams in the event. The top four in each event advanced to the MHSAA 4A state meet this coming Saturday in Pearl.

First-place finishers for the Lady Commodores included Rachel Starnes in the 3,200 meter run with a personal-best time of 12 minutes, 14 seconds. Jane Westbrook also had a personal best in the 400 with a time of 58.9 seconds. Her effort also garnered her the top spot.

Peyton Hamman finished first in the 800 with a 2:29. While the other first-place finish went to the 4×200 relay team of Westbrook, Oriana Shaw, Alisha Hickinbottom and Briana Everett. The team finished with a 1:45.7

Shaw finished second to Westbrook in the 400 with a 59.01. Hammann turned in a personal best in the 1,600 with a 5:44. Hickinbottom had a persona best in the 300 hurdles (48.05), while the 4×400 team of Starnes, Hickinbottom, Hamman and Shaw finished second.

Third-place finishers included Esmeralda Rodriguez in the 3,200 (12:29) and 800 (2:34) and Everett in the long jump with a personal best of 16 feet, 3 inches.

Fourth-place finishers included Starens in the 1,600 (5:51) and Shaikayla Orr in the pole vault (6-6).

“We feel good going into the state meet. We qualified in a number of races, and have a good chance to do very well next Saturday,” Sutton said. “I won’t single anyone out, because the entire team competed well.”


Before D.K. Buford helped the Commodores defeat Corinth in baseball, he finished second in both the 100 (10.8) and 200 (22.62).

The 4×100 relay of Buford, Taylor Jeffries, Trey Shaw and Eric Lewis finished second with a 43.5. Derek White was third in the 400 with a personal best of 51.24. Ivan Lopez also took third in the pole vault with a leap of 10-0.

“It was a great day for a meet. Our athletes did what we expected them to do, and a couple even surprised. We’re looking forward to the state meet,” LHS boys coach Ben Mikell said.

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