CATEGORY: RUN Track & Field



By Todd Vinyard

Daily Journal

Track coach Bobby Purvis has a little unfinished business in the form of the state track meet before he leaves Biggersville for Corinth.

“I have not really talked about it with the kids, and really I would rather see them do well for themselves than me,” said Purvis, who will move to Corinth to coach track and girls basketball next season.

Several area athletes will be trying to do well at Day 2 of the high school state track meet at Hughes Field in Jackson. Teams from Class 1A, 3A and 5A will compete. The field events start at 10 a.m., the 3,200 meters starts at 10:15 a.m. and the other running events start at 1 p.m. Class 2A and 4A were completed Friday.

Purvis’ team had five individual winners while taking the boys and girls Class 1A north titles. Scott Thompson won the 1,600-meter run and the pole vault on the boys side while Tyronza Davis stood out for the girls with wins in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump.

In 5A, Tupelo coach Jamie Mitchell knows exactly who his competition from the South will be.

“Gulfport has won the last three titles,” Mitchell said. “They scored 147 points to win their meet and we scored 157 in the North, so it should be really close.”

Golden Wave sophomore sprinters Stevenson McKinney and Lanauldo Bolden are a big part of Tupelo’s attack. They took the two top places in the 200 meters, and were part of the winning 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay squads.

Tupelo does count on some seniors. George Roby took the long jump and Charles Penson was the winning high jumper at the Class 5A North Mississippi track meet in Tupelo.

“Our seniors have helped the young guys along,” Mitchell said.

Team, not individual, performance is the thing Pontotoc coach Chris Coleman has been getting all year in Class 3A. Both Pontotoc girls and boys won last weekend.

“This is a group of kids that knows they will have to be ready to compete in several different events and do well,” he said. “We did have a lot of personal bests in the North Half meet. Now we just hope to keep that up in Jackson. Once you get there everything depends on how things work out that day.”

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