By Coach DP Daigle
The Bottom Six in State Meet Action Monday
Hey Y'all, it's Coach Daigle here to give you The Run Around. Today I'll look at 2A, 4A, and 6A who all run on Monday at Choctaw Trails. I'll look at the coast area teams, highlight the top individuals from each team, as well as give you some predictions
2A - St. Patrick
Since Our Lady Academy, OLA, is all girls the St. Patrick Irish are the only girls team in 2A in the bottom six. And they are good. They are led by Senior Jordan Pete and the virtual meet has them winning a state title. Jordan trained with my AAU team this summer and she is the real deal. In addition to running with or ahead of most of my boys this summer, she also is well rounded and excels in the classroom. You may even see her taking pictures for yearbook after she runs her race. She'll be helped by Isabel Leatherman and the rest of the Irish.
The boys 2A race has defending State Champion St. Patrick in it. They lost a few key folks to graduation but the virtual meet still has them finishing 3rd, closely behind West Lincoln High School. They are led by Cade Meyers and Dylan Middleton. Meyers has run 17:44.79 and Middleton has clocked 18:01.10. Those two are joined by one other Irishman under 19:00.0: Dominic Patino.
The East Central girls are led by Lauren Brown. She leads the state in 4A this year as well with a time of 20:27.30. Her squad looks to finish 15th overall according to the virtual meet.
The East Central boys are tough. I should know, I run against them a lot. They were State Runners-Up last year and look to be one of 4 or 5 teams I think could win it all. Those teams are EC, Corinth, Pontotoc, Ripley, and Saint Stanislaus. I'm obviously biased but my hat is truly off to this EC team and their coach, Jason Law. They are led by Christian Balcer who has the second fastest time in 4A this year: 17:05.21. He's the real deal and he's got help. Adam Taylor has run 17:41.77 this season and Adam Atigh has a SB of 18:13.79. Grayson Ard and Preston Lee round out their top five. I think they'll get on the podium again this year.
"The Pass" Girls are led by Coach Breanna Halley and they are tough this year. A virtual meet says the finish as State Runner-Up and I would love that or better for Coach Bre and her girls. They are led on the course by Haley Clark who has a SB time of 20:42.00. Kealey Skinner, Avery Saulter, Madelyn Greene, and Draevyn Snabazz round out the Lady Pirate top 5.
The computer has Pass' boys finishing 8th, and they've hung around in the top ten all year. They are led by Mike Seignious who is looking to earn All-State Honors as well as finish in the top ten. The Pirates have one more athlete under 19 minutes - an important threshold. That is Sean Necaise. The rest of their top 5 all have SB's under 20 minutes.
The Poplarville Girls are ranked 9th by the computer going into the state meet. Evelyn Kimball leads her team with a time of 22:01.94. I'm sure she'd like to PR and see if she can't get into the top ten individually.
The boys from Poplarville are ranked 24th in the computer. Their lead runner is Seth Santiago with a time of 21:10.60. The squad looks young but we are hoping for PR's all around for the Hornets.
The girls from Vancleave are picked 13th in a virtual meet. Their top runner, Katelyn Posey, has a SB of 23:42.55. I like these girls for their sportsmanship and work ethic, they clearly learn that from their coach. I'm hoping they can get some help and run well and get in the top 10.
Vancleave's boys are led by William Wilson with a SB of 19:43.00. He and his teammates are ranked 23rd in a virtual meet.
My squad is focused and peaking at the right time. We've been third the last two years and would really like to improve on that and come home with some hardware and hang a banner in the Brother Peter Gym. My 3 captains lead the way - Landry Lemoine, Kyle Capo, and Alex Koons. Their season bests are 18:30.8, 18:42.57, and 18:53.93 respectively. Freshman Keegan Leverett and Junior Carston Raymond round out the top 5 for the Rocks. I know I'm biased - but we are poised and I think we have a legitimate shot to win it all. I'll be disappointed with anything less than State Runner-Up
4A Overall Predictions
Girls - Corinth, Pass Christian, Senatobia
Boys - Saint Stanislaus, Corinth, East Central
The Biloxi girls are led on the course by Madison Walker with a time of 20:09.00 and are projected 5th overall in a virtual meet. Jazmin Lewis is their number two and the girls have been solid all season. I'm hoping for PR's all around for the Biloxi squad and if they get some help the may just threaten the podium.
The Biloxi boys are ranked 10th in the virtual meet. Their top five are all under 19 minutes. Connor O'Keefe leads the way with 17:38.24, Spencer Jones is at 18:24.26, Frank Floyd clocks in at 18:42.08, Billy Mays is at 18:43.83, and Landon Chalden rounds out their top 5 at 18:53.67. Look for the Indians to have a strong showing on Monday.
The boys from D'Iberville sit at number 19 in the virtual meet. Their best runner is Angel Vela with a SB of 18:56.51. Their 2 through 5 runners come in between 20:18.00 and 20:48.00. If they can have some season bests they could get inside the top 15.
In a virtual meet, the George County girls rank 18th in 4A. Lexi Green is their number 1 runner and Amber Goldman is their number two. Their times are 22:39.00 and 24:03.00 respectively. Look for these two and their squad to be ready - they've got the best course around to train on.
The GC Boys show up at number 22 in the virtual meet. Kevin Cooley is way out in front of his teammates with a 17:42.59. Coach Pater's son, Jayce Pater, is their number 2, he's got a SB of 21:06.10. Coach Pater and his crew hosted the Division Meet for us and then turned around and hosted a second work meet. Their course is great and most say it's harder than the Choctaw Trails. Thanks again Coach Pater and crew.
The Gulfport girls are looking to break into the top 10, a virtual meet has them at number 11. The Lady Admirals are led by Mallory Streetman who has clocked a 20:26.37 this year. If she and her teammates can shed a few seconds here and there, the Lady Admirals might just sneak into the top 10.
The Gulfport boys come in at number 24 in the virtual meet. Andre Gillispie leads the Admirals and he has a SB of 19:19.51. Good Luck Admirals!
Hancock's girls rank 23rd on the virtual meet. Their top runner is junior Diona Siggers who has a PR of 24:31.43. She's steadily been getting better as the season progresses, let's hope she can lead her team and hit another PR.
The Hawks rank 20th on the boys side, and are led by Matthew Johnson at 19:02.71. I haven't run against Hancock much this year, but I'm sure the boys would love a top 20 finish at state.
The Harrison Central girls team figures in at #20 in the virtual meet. Their best runner this season is Brianna Henderson, a junior. She has a SB of 22:00.34 but has run 21:21.60 in 2016. If she can spring back into that form she may help her team out even more.
The Red Rebels are thin on the boys' side. It looks like they only have two runners. If that is the case they'll get a No Team Score or NTS in the record books. The duo that is running is Stephen Ladner at 22:17 and CJ Powers at 23:49. We wish them luck and PR's and hopefully more teammates next season.
St. Martin's girls come in at #26 on the virtual meet. Keeleigh Bilbo and Credence Carter, both freshmen, lead the way for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
The St. Martin boys are right behind Hancock in the virtual meet at #21. Owen Skelton leads the squad with a blazing fast 17:29.69. The problem St. Martin faces is that no one else can keep up with Owen. Hopefully his teammates can PR along with him and maybe edge the team into the top 20. After all, the state course is the best place to get a PR.
The Pascagoula girls find themselves on the 21st spot of the virtual meet, right behind Harrison Central. Leandria Ruiz - an 8th grader- leads the pack of 'Goula runners. If they can all PR, they may be able to improve on this 21st ranking.
The Pascagoula Boys rank 26th in the virtual meet. Janthony Ruiz is their best runner. He comes in with a respectable 19:48.95 leading his team. I'm sure the guys would love to PR to a man an sneak into the top 25, I'm hoping that happens for them.
Well, I saved the best for last...The Ocean Springs Greyhounds. In the virtual meet the Lady Greyhounds are second by 23 points. I see them closing that gap, however, and they are my pick for the title this year. It may come down to the fifth runner, as it often does, in this race. And I think Penelope Prochnow may just find what it takes to propel her team to victory. Other members of the top 5 include Isabelle Wheeler, Sadie Smith, Amelia Prochnow, and Kate Trosclair. Good luck Lady Greyhounds, I'm pulling for ya!
The Ocean Springs boys are also ranked #2 in the virtual meet. They are pretty fast 1 through 5. In fact they are just 1.46 seconds away from having their top 5 under 18 minutes! Here are their SB times: Alexander Whyte - 17:04.93, Matthew Mestayer - 17:21.73, Joseph Gallo - 17:29.75, Grayson Frieze - 17:50.30, and Drew Saucier. They are pretty stacked, but I just don't think they have enough to beat Pearl this year.
6A Overall Predictions
Girls - Ocean Springs, Pearl, Hernando
Boys - Pearl, Ocean Springs, Oxford