The number of Mississippi competitors on Friday night at the 2022 RunningLane Track Championships was few, but the PR's coming from those athletes were plentiful.
In my own recollection, I remember yelling at Gabe McElwain as he was having the race of his, "Put Mississippi on the Map!" That's exactly what he did, running 9:47 for 3200 meters, a 15-second PR, and closing in a 1:10 for the last 400 meters (4:40 mile pace).
To put it in perspective, day one of the 2022 RunningLane Track Championships was much like the 2021 RunningLane Cross Country Championships... You just had to be there. We simply do not get meets and atmospheres like that in Mississippi. However, we are definitely on our way to doing so.
One thing is for sure: Mississippi is being put on the map. The state is continually gaining experience from meets such as these and is getting better and better each time we race in championship environments.
Simply put, the athletes of Mississippi have been crushing the championship circuit. From Jordan Anthony and Kennedi Sanders beating the pro's, to Evan Hallford's 11:06 3200m PR that he ran last night (as just an 8th-grader!), each and every Mississippi athlete is a part of making a change for the good of our sport in the state.
Day two of the 2022 RunningLane Track Championships is now on deck, with many of Mississippi's finest middle-distance runners ready to continue off of the momentum that was created the night prior.
If you want a list of Mississippi athletes that are competing today, you can click the link below:
Finally, here are the results of the Mississippi athletes that competed in the 3200m's on Friday night at the 2022 RunningLane Track Championships:
Heat 7 Boys
|Evan Hallford - Neshoba Central HS||11:05.82 (PR!) - 4th place|
Heat 6 Boys
|Jackson Stroud - Neshoba Central HS||10:24.62 (PR!) - 3rd place|
Heat 5 Boys
|Gabe McElwain - Walnut High School||9:47.61 (PR!) - 2nd place|
|Kaleb Tackett - Desoto Central High School||10:28.36 - 21st place|
Heat 4 Boys
|Sidney Stegall - Heritage Academy||9:27.05 (PR!) - 1st place|
Heat 3 Girls
|Brooklyn Biancamano - Long Beach High School||11:39.13 (SB!) - 1st place|
|Charlee Brees Franks - Columbia Academy||12:44.54 - 9th place|