Saltillo meet delivers fast times on soggy course

Jonathan Wise | Pontotoc Progress Tupelo High's Mika Takahashi won the 4K course with a time of 16:18 on Saturday.

Jonathan Wise | Pontotoc Progress
Tupelo High’s Mika Takahashi won the 4K course with a time of 16:18 on Saturday.

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

SALTILLO – The cross country course at Saltillo High School held up reasonably well despite the rain.

So did teams from Tupelo, Mooreville, and Kossuth.

Wet weather kept some teams away, but the Saltillo Invitational cross country meet went off without a hitch, and a soggy course at Saltillo High School still delivered some swift times.

“The course was actually very runnable,” Saltillo head coach and meet director Charles Covington said. “The rain perhaps slowed some runners, but there were some fast times out there today.”

Fast certainly applied to the Tupelo Golden Wave and Lady Wave, winners of the Class 4A-6A events this day.

For the Wave, they claimed the top three spots in their race en route to scoring 20 points. Host Saltillo was a strong second with 35, and Corinth was third with 95.

Collier leads

Junior Darnell Collier of Tupelo was the top runner, pacing himself to a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds over the 5K course. Andrew White was second at 16:54, and Max Lawson was third in a strong 16:58, all of Tupelo.

“The team got a little taste of fast running last week, and some continued that today,” Wave head coach Jonathan Begnaud said. “Max Lawson had a very good race today, and Andrew and Darnell did their job up front.

“But I would like to see a little more consistency. We had some great performances last year, too, but I’m looking for consistency.”

The Lady Wave took all the top spots as well, scoring 18 points for first, with Saltillo next at 59, and Corinth third at 71.

Mika Takahashi of Tupelo cruised through the 4K course with a 16:18 for first, with Sabrina Hudgins of Tupelo second at 16:28, and Emma Knight of Corinth third at 16:33.

In the 1A-3A boys, Riley McCalla of Kossuth ran a 17:15 to claim first, and help his team to the win with 24 points.

And in the 1A-3A girls, Mooreville’s Kendra Sanders ran a 16:30 for first, with the Mooreville team scoring 37 to edge Myrtle with 42.