Hattiesburg took the boys’ team title and Long Beach the girls’ team championship in the 5A portion of the MHSAA state high school track meet Friday at Pearl High School.
The Center Hill girls team, last year’s state team champions, this year finished in sixth place as DeSoto County’s best team performance of the day.
The Lady Mustangs scored 51 points in the meet, behind champion Long Beach with 79 points and second place Brookhaven with 74. Laurel, and West Jones and Hattiesburg in a tie for fourth, also finished ahead of Center Hill.
Olive Branch (18 points) finished in 14th place overall in the girls’ standings, Lewisburg (10 points) was 17th and Lake Cormorant scored one point to end up in 25th place.
Lake Cormorant had the best DeSoto County team finish among the boys’ teams at the state meet Friday with 26 points for 10th place overall. Center Hill was in 13th place with 20 points, while Lewisburg was 23rd (nine points) and Olive Branch was in the three-way tie in 24th with six points.
Individual state champions from DeSoto County Friday were: Kaylen Johnson of Center Hill in the girls’ 100 meter dash (12.03 seconds), the Center Hill girls’ 4x200 meter relay team (1:44.52), Lee Sanders of Center Hill in the boys’ pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches), and Lanie Moss of Lewisburg in the girls high jump (5 feet).
Classes 1A and 3A also competed Friday at Pearl. The 2A, 4A and 6A finals will be contested on the same track Monday, after rain forced postponement of the meet on Saturday.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.