Tigers enjoy 'successful' meetBy LAURENCE HILLIARD,
PEARL – Winona boys and girls track teams both finished third at the MHSAA 2A state track meet. The boys had 63½ points, trailing Pisgah, with 72½ points and Strayhorn with 69.
Led by junior Krystle Hughes and sophomore Tyra Weathersby, the Winona girls finished with 82 ½ points. St. Patrick won 2A with 108 points, followed by North Forrest with 98½.
“Overall it was a very successful meet,” said Winona coach Chris McRae. “We had more state champions, especially on the girls side, than we have ever had. Obviously, we would have liked to have won the whole thing for both of them. But on the whole we had a great year.”
The boys and girls teams won district, region and North State meets leading up to the state meet last week at the Woody Barnett Track and Field Complex at Pearl High School.
Hughes accounted for 29½ points with victories in the 100 and 200, third in the long jump (16-8) and tied for fifth in the high jump (4-8). She blasted out of the starting blocks and won both races easily, the 100 by more than half a second in 12.37 and the 200 by more than a second in 25.56. Both were better times than she ran in winning the 100 and 200 a week earlier at the North state meet.
“I work very hard every day in practice on my drive coming out of the blocks to just make sure I get my arm up and the other leg up high,” she said, while demonstrating the arm and leg raise. “Last year, I was seeded to win my 100 and 200 and I didn't win. I wanted to be humble no matter what I was seeded and just run.”
Tyra Weathersby and her sister Natori also won gold medals for the Winona girls. Natori won the discus for the third year in a row with a threw of 105 feet five inches and finished sixth in the shot put (27-11¼) Tyra won the long jump with a leap of 17-9, was second in the triple jump (36-6½), fourth in the 200 (27.57) and sixth in the 400 (1:05.67), totaling 26 points. Her distances in the long jump and triple jump were listed as “Elite Performances” by the track website Milesplit.
The Winona boys had one first place finish. The 400 relay team of Jaylyn Sanders, Tracy Chandler, Adavion Hargrove and Ahmad Robinson crossed the finish line in 43.69.
Chandler did not see the end of the race after handing off the baton to Hargrove on the far side of the track. He asked if the team had finished second. When told they were first, he was literally jumping for joy.
The victory was a pleasant surprise to McRae. “They weren't supposed to be first.” In fact, they were seeded fourth.
The same foursome was fourth in the 800 relay (1:32.98) and the Tigers finished second in the 1600 relay (3:36.25) with Chandler anchoring a team that included Malcolm Gholston, Andarious Coffey and Jarell Davis.
Other Winona boys who scored points for the Tigers: Jalyn Phillips was second in the discus (133-0) and seventh in the shot put (40-10¼), Derrick Blaylock third in pole vault (10 feet), Chandler third in the 400 (51.63), Isaac Leech fourth in the pole vault (9-6), Gholston fifth in the 400 (54.02), Coffey fifth in the triple jump (39-4½), Tavares Townsend sixth in the triple jump (37-0) and Hargrove sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.99).
For the girls, Latericka Finchis was seventh in the discus (78-11) and seventh in the shot put (27-10), Lataria Ellis fifth in the 100 hurdles (20.10), Jayla Campbell sixth in the 100 hurdles (20.67) and Aasjahia Garron sixth in the pole vault (6-6).