The Hernando High School boys finished fourth among six teams and the girls were fifth among seven schools running at the Mississippi College Choctaw Open cross country meet on Saturday in Clinton. 

The Tiger boys finished with 68 points behind meet winner Corinth with 44. The girls scored 139 points to meet winner Starkville’s 35.

Preston Burks and Hayes Wolfe were two top-15 finishers in the boys’ race. Burks, a sophomore, was seventh overall in a time of 17:53.63 for the five-kilometer race. Wolfe, a junior, was 13th overall in a time of 18:42.25.

“The biggest change in Preston (last year to this year) has been his attitude,” said Hernando coach Andy Edwards. “He comes to practice everyday and grinds. He refuses to take days off. Even if he has bad days, his mindset never changes, he’s back at work the next day.”

Katelyn Cartwright led the Hernando girls with a fifth place finish in the girls race. Cartwright, a sophomore, finished the five-kilometer run in a time of 21:07.47.

“She seems to thrive under pressure,” Edwards said about Cartwright. “She cut almost a minute off her PR (personal record) on a very technical course. She’s a special athlete that has a great opportunity in front of her.”

Hernando runners had six personal bests during Saturday’s meet in Clinton. They and the other DeSoto County schools will run in the Odis McCord DeSoto County Championships Saturday at Center Hill.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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