By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Jamarlo Smith brought home three first-place finishes and Kenley McMullan picked up two first places and a second to lead Nanih Waiya High School during the MHSAA Class 1A South State Track Meet held at St. Andrews in Madison on Saturday.
All athletes and relay teams that placed in the top four in their individual events earned a spot in the MHSAA Class 1A State Track Meet that will be held at Pearl High School on Monday, May 12. Overall, Nanih Waiya qualified in 10 events. The boys finished third in the south state event, while the girls came in sixth.
Smith took top honors in the boys 100 meters with a time of 11.14, the 200 meters with a time of 22.67, and the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 6.50 inches. McMullan won the girls 1600 meters with a time of 6:17.67 and the 3200 meters with a time of 14:34.13, while taking second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42.09.
The boys 4×200 meter relay team took first with a time of 1:35.60, while T.J. Redhouse finished fourth in the girls 1600 meters with a time of 6:24.58. Riley Holdiness was fourth in the girls 3200 meters with a time of 14:55.57, while Essence Strickland was third in the girls long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 10.50 inches.
Other Nanih Waiya athletes placing in the South State meet, their event and their place are as follows: Tristen Cotton, seventh in the boys 1600 meters, seventh in the 3200 meters, and seventh in the 800 meters; Tom Hickman, sixth in the boys 3200 meters; Hanna Higginbotham, seventh in the girls 800 meters; Ethan Reel, fifth in the boys high jump; and the boys 4×400 meter relay team with a sixth place finish.