Meridian Star

March 10, 2013

Meridian boys and girls track take first place in Wildcat Relays

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — The Meridian High School boys and girls track and field teams dominated Saturday's Wildcat Relays, as both teams came away with first place on the day.

    In the girls events, the 'Cats took home first place in eleven different events, while finishing second in two events.

    The Lady 'Cats displayed their usual dominance on the track, and Meridian girls head coach Barbara Brown said she is impress with what she has seen from her girls so far this season.

    “They are looking good in the early part of the season,” Brown said. “We have a lot of girls from basketball that are just know coming back, and the girls are working real hard in practice. They are really buying into winning and getting to state.”

    The Wildcats beat out Northeast Lauderdale, Noxubee County, Greenville Weston and West Point for first place on the day. Although it is still early in the season, Brown said the competition brought out an intense atmosphere at the meet.

    “Teams know when you compete against Meridian High, you compete against the best,” Brown said. “They know we compete in state every year, so our competition is always there.”

    The Meridian girls finished fifth in state last season, but appear to have a team capable of going the distance in 2013. Brown said the key to a possible state title will be bringing the success from the track into field events.

    “We are going to have to get points out of field,” Brown said. “That has always been our weakest area. We have no problems wit hurdles, triple jump and high jump, but got to get points out of the field to be successful.”

    In Boys action, the Wildcats took first place in the 4-800 meter relays (nine minutes, 35 seconds) and the distance medley (12 minutes, 58 seconds). Chauncey Wells also took home first place in the long jump (22 feet, three inches) as well as the the triple jump (43 feet, 10.5 inches).

    The Wildcats will return to Ray Stadium again on March 23 for the MHS Invitational.