By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
PEARL – Potts Camp’s track and field coach of 19 seasons, Karen Green, plans to retire this year.
“This is it,” she said at Monday’s MHSAA Class 2A state track and field meet at Pearl High School. “I’m going to miss it, but I’ll be around.”
Green, whose boys and girls track and cross country teams won 10 state championships, hinted she may return to coach in a volunteer capacity. She spent 33 years in education and coached 23 total.
In her final state meet as head coach, Green’s girls finished sixth with 39 points while the boys were 10th with 26.
ON TO LSU
Jeremy Liggins throws a football a little better than he can heave a shot put, but the Lafayette senior is not too shabby in the field event.
Liggins, an LSU football/quarterback signee, placed second in the 4A shot put with a throw of 48-feet, 5.5 inches. It was his only season to compete for the Commodores’ track team.
“Once I got the technique down, it was exciting,” he said. “I enjoy competing.”
Liggons reports to LSU on June 2 to start his freshman year and begin offseason workouts with the Tigers.
RUN AND JUMP
Pontotoc’s Robin Shumaker competed in the 1,600 meters and pole vault – at the same time. She finished third in both events.
“It’s not fun,” said the sophomore. “I had five jumps before running. When I came back to finish (the pole vault), I was out of breath.”
Shumaker’s third-place vault was 8-feet while her 1,600 meters clocking was 5:52.19.
TOP 1A FINISHERS
The results of Friday’s Class 1A girls 3,200-meter run were omitted from information provided to the media.
Katina High of Myrtle was the winner in 13 minutes, 31 seconds. She also had a second-place finish in the 200 meters.
Emma Woolhouse of TCPS placed third in the 3,200.