By Reed DeSalvo \ The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star
The Meridian High School track and field teams have enjoyed a terrific 2014 campaign which included both the boys and girls claiming district titles.
Additionally, the boys finished second in the South State meet two weeks ago, while girls claimed a South State championship and finished second at the MHSAA Class 6A state title meet held at Pearl High School last week.
The Wildcats built on that success Wednesday as three members off the boy’s track squad signed National Letters of Intent with Meridian Community College.
Antonio Owens, William Griffin and Qasim Banks all inked with the local community college to further bolster their education and athletic opportunities.
“These kids are very excited for what’s in store for them,” boy’s track coach Reggie Walker said. “They are looking forward to competing at the next level, and to compete at a higher level is big for them.”
Additionally, Walker expects two more runners off the boy’s squad to sign scholarships in Eddie Cole and Edrishaun Glenn.
Cole and Glenn are both expected to decide between MCC and Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
“We’re building towards where we really want to be,” Reggie Walker said. “We’re trying to establish a program where kids can come and compete and move on to the next level.”
Both track team's success this season can be directly attributed to the hard work not only by the student-athletes, but also the commitment of the MHS coaches.
“It represents all the hard work we put in,” Walker said. “And it proves that if you do dedicate yourself to something that you can achieve and excel above what is expected out of you ...This speaks volumes to our coaches. My assistants have worked so hard to help develop these kids.”
In addition, two athletes off the girl’s squad are still deliberating their college of choice.
Kiana Grant is currently committed to Alcorn State, but is entertaining offers from Grambling and William Carey while Jasmine Cherry is deciding between Alabama State, Grambling, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
At the state meet, Grant finished first in the girls long jump, and Cherry placed second in the high jump.
“A lot of the kids came into the year not being heavily recruited,” Walker said. “But by the end of the year, they became a commodity. They became some of the best in the state. And that speaks to their dedication, as well as the efforts of our coaching staffs.”