PEARL • Tupelo Christian swept the Class 1A track meet on Friday with championships for the boys and girls teams. It was the second-straight title for the Eagles and third in four years for the Lady Eagles, but the first time both won the same year.
TCPS also swept cross country in the fall.
“Four for four, the grand slam like golf and tennis,” said Gregory Warnick, who coaches both sports.
The meet for 1A, 3A and 5A schools was held at Pearl High School.
The Tupelo Christian boys finished with 137 points to 73 for runner up Potts Camp.
The girls dominated the distance events to finish with 98 points, 26 more than second-place Myrtle.
“We just have a bunch of kids who work hard,” Warnick said. “They believe in themselves and believe in each other.”
Ben Woolhouse set a 1A meet record in the boys pole vault as TCPS finished first, second and fourth in the event. He cleared 14 feet, 3 inches – nine inches more than the previous mark.
Setting the bar high
“My coach told me two days ago that I had a shot at breaking the record so that was my goal,” Woolhouse said.
His goal for next year as a senior, he said, is 16 feet.
Allison Hanby led the TCPS girls with gold medals in the 800, 1600 and 3200. She also anchored the 1600 relay team that finished second.
The girls went 1-2 in the 1600, 1-3-5 in the 800 and 1-3-4 in the 3200, totaling 59 points in the three races.
Other winners for TCPS were Kelly Brock in the boys 1600, Causey Simmons in the boys 3200, Olivia Hanby in the girls pole vault and the 1600 and 3200 relay teams.
Myrtle freshmen Kinsey Gordon and Charlize Williams finished 1-2 in the 1A girls discus. Gordon took gold with a throw of 102-1, five feet further than Williams.
Other individual winners from Northeast Mississippi: Tanner Childs, Kossuth boys, in the 3A 3200 and R’Daztiny Harris of Hickory Flat in the girls 1A high jump.
Other team winners were Hattiesburg in 5A boys, Long Beach in 5A girls, Tylertown in 3A boys and St. Andrew’s in 3A girls.
The meet was interrupted when a thunderstorm passed through the area.
The Class 2A/4A/6A meet will be held today, weather permitting. More thunderstorms are forecast. If the meet cannot be held, it will be postponed until Monday.