CATEGORY: RUN Track & Field
GOLDEN WAVE RUNS OVER COMPETITION IN REGIONAL MEET
By D.E. Wheeler
The Tupelo Golden Wave boys track team seems to be on the right track these days its own.
Hosting its fourth meet of the season, Tupelo used its home track advantage to run away with its Class 5A regional meet Saturday, winning by 130 points over second-place Grenada. The defending 4A champion Starkville girls, up to Class 5A this season, won the girls regional by 17 points over Columbus.
Tupelo was also hosting a 2A regional Saturday. In the boys meet, Nettleton scored 148 points to win while the North Pontotoc girls also claimed victory, by a margin of 29 points.
“I was truly happy with what happened today,” Tupelo boys coach Jamie Mitchell said. “For a good performance by us, I go back to our two super sophomores, Lanauldo Bolden and Stevenson McKinney.
“They went 1-2 in the 100, and they went 1-2 in the 200. Plus we ran a PR in the 4×200 and ran a great 4×400 today.”
In all, the Tupelo boys won 10 of 17 events at the regional meet, and qualified at least one person in each of the 17 events.
Bolden won the 100 meters in a time of 10.84 seconds, and also won the 200 in 22.13 seconds. McKinney was second in both events, running a 10.89 in the 100 meters and a 22.31 in the 200 meters.
George Roby also won two events for Tupelo, the triple jump with a 43-7 effort, and the long jump with a 20-8 effort. Roby was also the only low moment for Tupelo, getting tripped in the 110-meter hurdles.
“We only lost one kid today, George Roby in the 110 hurdles,” Mitchell said. “In that event, he’s as good as anybody in the state. The great thing is he still has the long jump and the triple jump.”
In the 110-meter hurdles, Roby was the second seeded runner in the event, but was tripped early in the race by Kenny Woods of Grenada. Woods had the fastest qualifying time of anybody in the regional meet, but fell over the third hurdle, tripping Roby.
Other Tupelo individual winners were Dedrick Harmon in the 300-meter hurdles, Charles Penson in the high jump, Jason Evans in the pole vault and Pat Berry in the shot put.
The Tupelo boys scored 213 points, with Grenada next with 83. In the girls scoring, Starkville had 168, Columbus was second with 141, and the Tupelo girls were sixth with 31.
In the 2A meet, Nettleton’s Tenneshia Jones easily won three events on the track, the 100 meters in 12.51, the 200 meters in 26.56, and the 100-meter hurdles in 15.70. But North Pontotoc athletes placed in every event to win the girls title with 123.5 points.
Potts Camp was second with 94.5, Hatley was third with 92 and Nettleton was fourth with 91.
“We’re not getting a lot of firsts, but we’re spreading it out,” North Pontotoc coach Shane Montgomery said.
In the 2A boys, Reno Hall won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and Freddie Word won the long jump and high jump to help Nettleton to the title. Nettleton scored 148 points, with Mooreville second with 115, H.W. Byers third with 95 and Potts Camp fourth with 92.
Tupelo will host the 1A, 2A and 5A north half meet Saturday, while Ole Miss will host the 3A and 4A north half.