By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Saturday’s 41st annual Daily Journal Relays at Tupelo High School’s football stadium will be the final postseason tune-up for the 18 schools entered.
The race to reach the MHSAA state track and field meet, scheduled for May 13-14 in Pearl, begins next week with division competition. Region and North state meets follow the next two weeks.
Tupelo coach Brian Jones is excited about the opportunity to see his athletes perform before the postseason steps off.
“We’ve got a lot of (THS) kids competing in the Journal Relays,” he said. “We’re going to have two teams, a blue team and a gold team. We want to give everybody involved in our program a chance to compete.
“We want to have our best folks competing by the division meet. This gives everybody, not just us, a chance to see where they are.”
The meet is scheduled to begin with the field events at 11 a.m. The running of the 3,200 meters is scheduled for 11:30.
The schools signed up for the meet are: Amory, Booneville, Calhoun City, Columbus, Corinth, Holly Springs, IAHS, Kossuth, New Albany, New Hope, Okolona, Oxford, Pontotoc, Ripley, Saltillo, Shannon and Tupelo.
Jones plans to divide the teams into two competition classes based on size.
Tupelo’s boys relay teams captured all three events – 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 – in last week’s Pontotoc Invitational. Marquis Allen, Terrell Pinson, Will Errwood, Jarod Whitley, David Calmes, Arlanders Elliott, Matt McIntosh, Garrett Rogers and Mark Sansane are the Wave sprinters.
“We’re trying to figure out the right mix in the relays,” Jones said. “I’ve been pleased with the effort of everybody we’ve plugged in. Our 4×400 guys all ran 51, 52 splits. Those times should go down.”
Freshman distance runner Andrew White won the 3,200 meters for Tupelo at Pontotoc. Jeff Wilson won the 1,600 while Katherine Steinman paced the Lady Wave with a 3,200 win.
Pontotoc’s Rhandi Ball was a triple winner last week in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles. Teammate Ebony Brinker, a Mississippi State signee, won the 400 meters, triple jump and long jump.
Tupelo’s Georgia Russell captured the 300-meter hurdles at Pontotoc while the Wave’s Calmes won the boys event.
“We’re excited about our boys and girls teams,” Jones said. “Hopefully, we’ll have our best folks competing by division time.”
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