As I mentioned last week, there were a number of guys that had breakthrough performances in their first meet of the season - Jaheim Bridges of Tupelo was one of those performances with his 16:50 at the Golden Wave Season Opener. This past weekend at the Brooks High School Cross Country Invitational, Bridges had a HUGE run, placing 2nd in 16:37 to some big competition. The race was an apparent tactical one, with a big last kilometer. In that race, Bridges took down his teammate and MileSplit Mississippi All-State #5 Taylor Brown, who placed 5th in 16:57. Bridges also took down 4:19 1600m runner Jack Anderson and 16:04 5k runner Steele Joiner and only lost to 16:05 5k runner Trey Hurt. Once again, that is a huge breakthrough performance for Bridges, and he may very well be creeping his way up on the MileSplit Mississippi All-State rankings if he keeps this up.
Andrew Brown wins... again
At the same meet, we had the younger of the two Brown Brothers, AKA Andrew Brown, AGAIN win the JV race at the Brooks XC Meet. Brown, who is only a 7th grader, won the 2.1 mile race in 11:29, over 30 seconds ahead of the next competitor... who was a sophomore in high school. This is Brown's 3rd straight win if we are counting the intra-squad 5k, and actually hasn't lost to a single runner so far this year. With his recent performances, Andrew Brown is asserting himself as one of, if not the best male JV runner in the state.
8th grader Abbey Sanders also took the JV race to make it a Tupelo sweep in the JV races and had the fastest time of the day in 14:18. With other runners like Brookelyn Morgan, Marley Ballard, and Kaelyn Fair
In other news regarding the Brooks XC Meet
Brookelyn Morgan finished 2nd in 19:47 to Alabama elite Savannah Williams (more info on that performance on the next page
Corinth HS Boys looked strong in their victory of the meet with their 1-5 split of 57 seconds!