Fast times at Tupelo XC meet

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

TUPELO – Times were pretty swift Saturday at the Tupelo Invitational cross country meet at Ballard Park as some area team began tweaking for the MHSAA state championship meet in two weeks.

In small school race, the Mooreville Lady Troopers looked sharp, winning the Class 1A-3A race with a nearly perfect 17 points.

“It is very realistic we could be in the top three at the state meet,” Mooreville coach Mathinee Spencer said. “We’ve usually had our top two up there, today, we had our top four.”

South Pontotoc was second with 44, and Alcorn Central was third with 73.

Mooreville captured the first four spots, with Kendra Sanders finishing the 4k in 15 minutes, 29 seconds. Rachel Anderson (16:17) was second, Reece Ott (17:27) third and Eryn Sanders (17:30) fourth.

In the boys race, Alcorn Central totaled 21 for first, with Union second at 91 and South Pontotoc third at 103. Alcorn Central took the top two spots, with Samuel Holley first in 17:49 over the 5k, and Trevor Godwin second in 18:22.

In the 4A-6A boys, Tupelo raced to the win with 21 points. But the race within the race saw a pair of potential Class 5A title contenders next with Saltillo at 51 and Oxford at 52.

“I was very encouraged by today,” Saltillo coach Charles Covington said. “The state meet is going to be a pretty good race.”

Tupelo’s hard-charging Darnell Collier came away with individual honors, running a 16:23, with Tristan Orman from Oxford second in 16:27.

In the girls event, Tupelo scored 20 to pace the field, with Saltillo next at 73, and Oxford third at 87.

Christina Daniels of Tupelo ran a 15:16 to win. Swayze Elliot from Oxford was next at 15:21, with Savannah Hudgins from Tupelo third at 15:42.