Jordan Anthony | Tylertown High School | 60m and 200m
Undeniably the current King of the Mountain for the sprinting events, Jordan Anthony is the #1 in Mississippi for the 55m dash with a 6.31, the 60m Dash with a 6.70, and the 200m Dash with a 21.61. In the three meets that he ran so far, he has finished in no less than a third-place podium spot in every final in every event. He makes himself known nationally, ranking 4th, 1st, and 9th in the 55m, 60m, and 200m, respectively. Anthony finishes his high school indoor career topping the Mississippi All-Time lists in the 55m and 60m while ranking 3rd all-time in 200m, and with the possibility of besting his own state records during his senior outdoor season.
Miguel Bankston | Clinton High School | 400m and 800m
Bankston finishes the 2022 Indoor year with a massive PR in the 400m at the 2022 Last Chance Meet, snagging the #1 spot and obliterating his previous indoor best of 51.49. He also keeps his first-place ranking in the 800m with a mark of 1:59.33 from the 2021 Magic City Invitational back in early December. With this momentum backing him into the outdoor season, it's possible the junior will aim to improve on his 3rd place finish at the MHSAA 6A Outdoor State Meet and make his mark in both events.
Another Junior distinguishing himself from the rest of the state, Jaheim Bridges takes the top 1600m spot at the 2022 Last Chance meet with a 4:24.98! This is a massive improvement from his previous indoor PR of 4:38.08, and he now takes his first steps into Mississippi High School Indoor History earning a #3 all-time 1600m ranking. After his two successful meets and very evident fitness, it will be very interesting to see the heights he can push himself to for outdoor and how others will respond to him.
The Oxford Distance duo takes the top spot in the 3200m after Luke Johnson out-leans his teammate Ethan Knight at the line at the 2022 IceBreaker Invitational! They are the only athletes to break the 10 min barrier this year and have secured a Mississippi High School Indoor #3 spot all-time for the 3200m with a 9:40.41. The UT-Martin commits stay strong after an incredible Cross Country season where Johnson won the MHSAA 6A State Cross Country Champion title, his first, and both dropped his 3200m best by a whole minute from his 2019 indoor campaign. Knight was a part of the historical cross-country campaign, as he went 15:57 in the 5k and helped Johnson lead the Oxford Chargers to a team state title in MHSAA 6A. It will be fascinating to see how their high school careers will end and how many medals they can rack up this outdoor season.
The Juniors are giving the Seniors a run for their money for the top marks in the state with Kendrell Robertson dominating the 60m Hurdles. Running an 8.38 to win the event at the 2022 Last Chance Meet, he improves on his PR from last year by 0.08 seconds in the hurdle event. Heping his team secure a second-place finish last year, the individual 110m Hurdle and 300m Hurdle runner up looks to be in great shape for a successful run at an individual and team champion title.
Harrison Central's Sanders has made big jumps for the start of his senior tour. He is not only competing in his first indoor season but also grabs the crown in Mississippi's rankings for the High Jump and Triple Jump from his performance at 2022 Last Chance with performances of 6-4 and 44-0.5 (seriously, there's a lot of top marks from here, go check it out). He will start off the outdoor season 3-8 feet farther in the Triple Jump while maintaining his height in the High Jump which is still a #3 Mississippi High School Indoor All-Time Rank. He will be a very key player to look for in the championship season.
Molden has the edge when it comes to the Long Jump with his performance at the 2022 Ice Breaker Invitational of 21-8. Securing his top spot early on, it has remained as the top mark for a majority of the indoor season. In addition to this, he has already beaten his outdoor PR from the 2021 outdoor season by 1-3.5 feet and hopefully can carry this momentum into the outdoor season.
Coming in as number 1 in Mississippi is Oxford's John Scott Kendricks with his amazing vault of 15-7 at the 2022 Arkansas Vault Club Vault Jam. That not only gets the junior a #3 spot on the Mississippi All-Time lists but a #26 height at the national level. With this driving him into the outdoor season, he will no doubt exceed all expectations in the Pole Vault and has a very good chance of winning it all this outdoor season.
The Final athlete on this list is Germantown's very own Zxavian Harris. His Shot Put performance of 46-8 not only snagged him the top Mississippi spot, but also demolishes his previous best of 44-4.5. The future of his senior year looks very bright, and he will definitely be one to look for at the regional and state level. Expect him to crush his 7th place throw at the MHSAA State Championships 2A/4A/6A and place incredibly well at the MHSAA 6A level.