Cross Country Storylines: Weekend 3

Mississippi runners SHOW OUT at Brooks XC Meet

Jaheim Bridges backs it up

  • 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!
  • TCPS HS Boys also took the small school section as Bounds Simmons and Elijah Park took 2nd and 3rd.