Throw Back Thursday on Mississippi Milesplit

George Kersh, track coach at Pearl High School Thanks to Woody Barnett for all the stats.

George Kersh

High School Career Accomplishments

School: Pearl High School

Date of Birth: July

Coach: Woody Barnett

1983-84 Freshman

The Athletics Congress National Junior Olympic 400 Meter Hurdles Participant

1984-85 Sophomore

Mississippi High School Activities Association State X-C Meet Runner-up

  • M.H.S.A.A. Cross Country All-State
  • Louisiana State University High School Indoor Meet 600 Yard Run Champion
  • Magnolia Classic Indoor Track & Field Championships 880 Yard Run Champion
  • University of Tennessee Southern High School Indoor Classic 880 Yard Run Champion
  • M.H.S.A.A. State Meet 880 Yard Run Champion
  • M.H.S.A.A. State Meet 440 Yard Dash Runner Up
  • Shreveport Journal Meet of Champions 880 Yard Champion (1:53.5)
  • Undefeated in 880/800
  • Third ranked High School Sophomore in the Nation

1985-86 Junior

  • M.H.S.A.A. State X-C Meet Champion
  • Undefeated during X-C Season
  • M.H.S.A.A. Cross Country All State
  • Kinney Cross Country Regional Meet Participant, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • The Harrier Honorable Mention Cross Country “All American”
  • Member of The Harrier “All American” Cross Country Team
  • Member of the 1985 M.H.S.A. State Cross Country Championship Team
  • Louisiana State University High School Indoor Meet 880 Yard Run Champion (1:57.25), Meet Record
  • Louisiana State University High School Indoor Meet Out of State Outstanding Male Track Athlete
  • Magnolia Classic Indoor Track & Field Championships 440 Yard Dash & 880 Yard Run Champion sets 880 Yard Run (1:54.6) Meet Record & National High School Leading Performance
  • Number Two High School Indoor Ranking 800 meter run
  • Inside Track High School All South Indoor Track and Field Team
  • Southern Invitational 800 Meter Run Champion (1:49.2), Birmingham, Alabama, Southeastern United States Record & National High School Leading Performance
  • M.H.S.A.A. State Meet 440 Yard Dash & 880 Yard Run Champion
  • Shreveport Journal Meet of Champions 800 Meter Run Champion (1:50.4), Meet Record
  • Shreveport Journal Meet of Champions Joe Delaney Memorial Outstanding Track Trophy Recipient
  • Golden South Classic 880 Yard Run Champion (1:50.15), Orlando, Florida, Meet Record
  • Red Stick Invitational 800 Meter Run Champion (1:50.3), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Meet Record
  • TAC Junior Nationals 800 Meter Run Champion (1:48.86), Baltimore, Maryland, National High School Leading Performance
  • Member of the Junior National Team that competed in the Romania vs USA Meet, Bucharest, Romania and first ever World Junior Championships in Athens, Greece (105 Nations Competed)
  • World Junior Championships 800 Meter Run 8th place finish, Athens, Greece
  • Number One High School 800 Meter Performer in the Nation
  • Gatorade Circle of Champions Mississippi High School Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year
  • Number Two “All Time” High School Junior Class Performer
  • Number 19 “All Time” High School Performer
  • Inside Track High School Athlete of the Issue
  • Ran the four fastest High School times in the 800 Meters
  • Ran seven of the top ten High School times in the 800 Meters
  • Inside Track All-South High School Track and Field
  • N.H.S.A.C.A. Honorable Mention Track and Field “All American”
  • USA Today’s “All USA” Track and Field Team
  • Track & Field News Prep Track and Field “All American”
  • Inside Track Runner-up to Southern High School Boys Track Athlete of the Year
  • Track & Field News Finished fifth in the voting for Athlete of the Year.

1986-87 Senior

  • M.H.S.A.A. State X-C Meet Champion
  • M.H.S.A.A. All-State Cross Country
  • Kinney Southern Regional Cross Country Meet 3rd place finish (15:16), Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Kinney National Cross Country Championships 30th place finish, San Diego, California
  • Louisiana State University High School Indoor Meet 800 Yard Run Champion (1:51.26), National High School Indoor Record!!!
  • Louisiana State University High School Indoor Meet Out of State Outstanding Male Track Athlete
  • National High School Indoor 880 Yard Run Record Holder (1:51.26)
  • Number 1 “All Time” High School Indoor 880/800 Performer
  • Magnolia Classic Indoor Track and Field Championships 440 Yard Dash Champion (49.3) & 880 Yard Run Champion (1:52.5), Meet Record & # 5 880 Yard Run “All Time” H.S. Performance!
  • Millrose Games Jumbo Elliot High School Mile Champion (4:15.54), First competitive mile ever run! New York, New York
  • Vitalis/U.S. Olympic Invitational High School Boys Invitational 1000 Meter Run Champion (2:23.85), National High School Indoor Record!!! East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Harrier Cross Country All American
  • Pathmark National Scholastic Track and Field Championships 800 Meter Champion (1:51.68), Meet Record and # 4 “All Time”
  • Number Two “All Time” High School Indoor 1000 Yard Performer!
  • Ran the three fastest National High School Indoor Times in the 880/800, 1000 Meter and 1000 Yards (2:10.3)
  • Track and Field News High School Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year
  • M.H.S.A.A. State Meet Champion 440 Yard Dash Champion (48.1) & 8880 Yard Run Champion (1:49.7), State Meet Record and National High School leading performance.
  • Golden South Classic Mile Run Champion (4:08.91) Meet Record, Orlando, Florida
  • Rice University Meet of Champions 800 Meter Run (1:48.19), # 4 “All Time” High School Performance, Houston, Texas
  • Interscholastic Dream Mile 3rd Place Finish (4:08.17), New York, New York
  • Golden West Invitational 800 Meter Run Champion (1:46.58) National High School Record!!! Sacramento, California
  • TAC Junior Nationals 800 Meter Run Runner Up (1:47.29), # 2 “All Time” High School Performance, Tucson, Arizona
  • Gatorade Circle of Champions Mississippi High School Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year
  • United States Olympic Festival Fourth Place Finish 800 Meter Run (1:47.84), # 5 “All Time” High School Performance, Durham, North Carolina
  • Third Fastest High School Miler!
  • Ran the Five fastest High School times in the 800 Meter Run!
  • Ran Seven of the Top Ten High School times in the 800 Meter Run
  • Completed career Undefeated in Prep Competition in the 800 Meter Run!
  • Number One “All Time” High School 800 Meter Run Performer!
  • Ran the Number One, Number Two, Number Four, Number Five, and Number Eight “All Time” High School 800 Meter Times!
  • Number Four “All Time” US Junior 800 Meter Run Performer!
  • Ran Number Five “All Time” U.S. Junior 800 Meter Times!

Progression By Year

Year Age 400 800 Mile X-C 5000 Meters

1985 16 48.7* 1:53.09* DNR 16:29

1986 17 48.0* 1:48.86 DNR 15:50

1987 18 47.9* 1:46.58 4:08.17 15:16

*Converted form yards to meters

Top Fifteen High School Performances

Time Meet Date Site

1:46.58 Golden West Invitational 6-13-87 Sacramento, CA

1:47.29 Junior International Meet 7-19-87 Pullman, WA

1:47.76 TAC Junior National 6-20-87 Tucson, AZ

1:47.84 Olympic Festival 7-26-87 Durham, NC

1:48.19 Rice Meet of Champions 6-06-87 Houston, TX

1:48.86 TAC Junior Nationals (Final) 6-29-86 Baltimore, MD

1:49.02 World Jr. Championships (Semifinal) 7-17-86 Athens, Greece

1:49.1 State Meet 5-09-87 Pearl, MS

1:49.2 Southern Invitational 5-05-86 Birmingham, AL

1:49.52 Golden South 6-24-86 Orlando, FL

1:49.76 Junior International Meet 7-12-87 Vancouver, Canada

1:50.3 Red Stick Invitational 6-14-86 Baton Rouge, LA

1:50.4 Shreveport Meet of Champions 6-21-86 Shreveport, LA

1:50.41 World Jr. Championships (Final) 7-18-86 Athens, Greece

1:50.83 TAC Junior Nationals (Semifinal) 6-28-86 Baltimore, MD


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