High School Boys
*Jaheim Bridges and Taylor Brown went 1-2 at the 2022 Tupelo Invitational
Photo credits: Chris Bell
TUPELO, Miss. --- North Mississippi's best collided at the 2022 Tupelo XC Invitational to put on a show for the fans, which is exactly what they did.
The pair both ran 16:13.2 to win by 22 seconds over a substantial field. The next runner to cross the line was 16:03 5K runner, Parker Shannon of Saltillo, who is the All-MileSplit Mississippi XC No. 3 high school boy. Shannon finished in 16:35.9. Graham Weiss of Hernando, who finished runner-up to Shannon in 16:09 at the 2022 Saltillo XC Invitational, was fourth overall. Snagging the last top five spot was Starkville High's Giles Jones in 16:38.9.
All in all, this was an awe-inspiring run for the Tupelo duo, as they proved that they have a genuine chance of going 1-2 at the 2022 MHSAA 6A Cross Country Championships. They have two of the top three fastest 5K performances in Mississippi at this point in the season.
Saltillo High School, the No. 2 ranked High School Boys Cross Country team, won the day with a score of 43 points, 20 points ahead of Tupelo High School.
The Tigers placed their entire scoring five inside the top 12, with two runners under 17 minutes in the 5K - Shannon and Jace Stanley in 16:51.6.
Another performance that we absolutely have to point out is Walnut High School's Gabe McElwain and his solo 16:03 5K performance, the fastest time of the day by 10 seconds in hotter weather.
*Walnut's Gabe McElwain at The Opener
Photo credits: Christian Leach
McElwain has been on a tear this season, as this is now the second week in a row that he has soloed a 5K time faster than the large school boys race, which was run in cooler weather. He is coming off a 16:01 5K victory at the 2022 Saltillo XC Invitational, and he looks to be primed to go sub-16 soon.
All in all, the best of the best from central Mississippi toed the line at the 2022 Clinton Arrow Cross Country Invitational, and it certainly did not disappoint.
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