By Kyle Alford
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave took home first place from the Daily Journal Relays track meet Saturday at Golden Wave Field.
The Golden Wave’s 218.5 points led the way; Columbus finished second with 122 points, and Saltillo third with 78 points.
Tupelo’s 4×800 boys team highlighted the day by breaking the school record by 1.9 seconds, running an 8:26.03.
“It’s really felt like such good year with so many solid runners on the track team,” said Tupelo junior Mako Dijkwel, who anchored the 4×800 team.
Dijkwel, along with junior Darnell Collier, junior Max Lawson, and senior Andrew White, have focused on breaking the record from the start of the season.
“We all got together and looked at the record board, and decided that the 4×800 record would be most attainable,” Dijkwel said. “That’s really helped us in our training.”
The Golden Wave’s 4×200 team didn’t disappoint either, winning their event in 1:30.31. “I’m starting to see some confidence in them. We’ve gotten the idea of who our four guys are, and we’re trying to get comfortable with the handoffs,” said Tupelo track coach Brian Jones. “I’m looking forward to that being more successful as we finish out the season and move into division.”
Other events that the Golden Wave placed first in were the triple jump, pole vault, long jump, and discus. However, Jones thinks there is more to be proven.
“I need to see some more consistency in a lot of areas; It’s in preparation from the top down,” Jones said. “We all need to get on the same page more often. When we do, good things tend to happen.”
The Pontotoc Lady Warriors were victors on the girls side of the Journal Relays, raking in a total of 178 points. The Tupelo Lady Wave finished second with 162 points, and Corinth third with 128 points.
Pontotoc senior Katy McAuley won the pole vault competition with a height of eight feet, six inches. McAuley also won the open 400 yard dash, and was a member of the 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay, both of which finished first.
Other victories for Pontotoc included the 200 dash and the 300 hurdles.