Meet Preview: TCPS Twilight

High School Girls

2021 champion: Kate Gann (Itawamba AHS) | 20:45

Meet record: Madison Jones (Saltillo High School) | 19:50

Course record: Madison Jones (Saltillo High School) | 19:50

No. 1 seed: Brookelyn Morgan (Tupelo High School) 

The Rundown:

Thursday will be the second stop of the season for Tupelo High School's duo of Brookelyn Morgan and Sophie Santucci.

At the 2022 Brooks High School Tennessee River Classic, Morgan placed seventh in a very competitive girl's race. Her time of 20:06 was a great mark to build on for the rest of this season.

RESULTS: 2022 Brooks High School Tennessee River Classic

Morgan is a consistent performer that should run very well at the 2022 TCPS Twilight on Thursday. Her accolades and PRs definitely have her in contention to win this race.

Behind Morgan is her teammate and newcomer to the Tupelo cross country team, Sophie Santucci.

Sophie Santucci, Tupelo High School

Santucci opened her season this past weekend alongside Morgan with an 11th place finish and a time of 20:38.

This race could be a sort of homecoming for Santucci, as she spent most of her younger years racing for Tupelo Christian Prep School.

However, the Tupelo duo won't be the only elite duo to toe the line Thursday night in Belden, Miss. 

Lafayette High's Mia Dawson, who is the top returner to this meet, and Maine Lund will be opening up their season. Both Dawson and Lund qualified for the MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships in three events: the 3200, 1600, and 800, where they earned four medals between the two of them.

RESULTS: 2022 MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships

They also both placed inside of the top five at the 2021 MHSAA 5A Cross Country Championships. 

RESULTS: 2021 MHSAA 5A Cross Country Championships

If they carry on that momentum from the end of their track season, they could both be in that top pack of this race.

Here's Our Pick: While Dawson and Lund are both threats and should not be overlooked, Brookelyn Morgan is simply hard to beat, and may be too tough of a task to handle. The Lafayette duo could potentially break up a 1-2 finish from Tupelo, but we're calling Morgan to win this one. 

Also, be on the lookout for Hannah Sanders from Mooreville and Anna Caroline Crouch of Saltillo.