Special to the Journal
SPRINGVILLE – Because of scheduling and weather, the Tupelo Lady Wave cross country team had not raced in a competition for a couple of weeks.
The Lady Wave got a kickstart back into the 2013 season on Saturday.
Racing at the South Pontotoc Invitational, Tupelo placed seven runners in the top 11 to claim first place at the meet.
“It was our first run in a few weeks, and our times were OK,” Tupelo head coach Anna Sloan said. “We’ve got three weeks until the State Meet (Nov. 9), and we have to continue to get faster.”
Tupelo scored 21 points in its days effort, good enough to push Pontotoc to second in 62. Trying to gain on defending Class 4A state champion Pontotoc, Corinth was third with 64 points.
The Tupelo team was led by Mika Takahashi, who toured the 4,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 4 seconds. That was only good for second place as Corinth’s Emma Knight held off the Lady Wave runner for the win by .53 seconds.
The Lady Wave also had the next three finishers, with Sabrina Hudgins third at 16:19, Savannah Hudgins fourth at 16:29, and Christina Daniels fifth at 16:32.
The Lady Wave had been scheduled to race in Arkansas last week, but their portion of the meet was rained out.
In the boys event at South Pontotoc, the Pontotoc Warriors garnered four of the top five spots to claim the victory.
In team scoring, Pontotoc hit 21 points, Corinth 43, Tupelo 79 and Hickory Flat 86.
“I was pleased with the way Jacob Ferguson ran, he’s gotten better every week,” veteran Pontotoc head coach Mike Bain said. “Our top five were in a decent pack today.”
Individually, Pontotoc’s Chris Grisham was first over the 5,000 meter course in 17:15, with Ferguson second in 17:16. Also, Pontotoc’s Nathan Tidwell was third in 18:01, Luis Ojeda from Hickory Flat was fourth in 18:05, and Pontotoc’s Grayson Griffith was fifth in 18:10.