Welcome to this week's edition of MileSplit Mississippi's Weekly Class-by-Class Breakdown, your go-to source for the latest and greatest high school track and field performances across the Magnolia State!
In this weekly roundup, we'll dive deep into each classification, showcasing the top athletes who have made a mark on the leaderboard with their outstanding achievements in the past week. From record-breaking sprints to jaw-dropping leaps, our comprehensive coverage will keep you up-to-date with the rising stars of Mississippi's high school track and field scene.
So, lace up your running shoes and get ready to be inspired by these incredible young talents as they continue to raise the bar in their respective events.
*Olando Evans of Ashland High sprinted to a lifetime best of 23.33 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and now leads MHSAA 1A.
*Malachi Stafford, a versatile jumper and hurdler from Biggersville, won the 110-meter hurdles at the MHSAA Region 1-1A Championships in a lifetime best of 15.68 seconds and looks on his way to defend his MHSAA 1A title in the event. Additionally, Stafford jumped 6-2 in the High Jump, and leads MHSAA 1A in both events.
*Reigning MHSAA 1A Triple Jump Champion Dave Woullard jumped 41-0 in the Triple Jump to stay undefeated in the event and raise the bar in that event in MHSAA 1A.
*Hamilton freshman Jayce Randle finished eighth at last year's MHSAA 1A Track and Field Championships in the 100m, but looks well on her way to snagging a MHSAA 1A title in the event after a MHSAA 1A-leading mark of 12.30 seconds.
*Morgan Crutcher, a sprints/hurdles specialist reigning from Ashland High, ran 25.89 seconds, a new lifetime best and MHSAA 1A-leading mark in the event.
*South Delta's R'Renua Ousley kept her undefeated streak alive, taking the MHSAA 1A lead in the 100-meter hurdles in the process with a mark of 17.27 seconds.
*Morgan Green, potentially one of the most versatile athletes in MHSAA 1A, jumped to a lifetime best of 16-11 in the Long Jump whilst also raising the MHSAA 1A leading mark in the event.
*Vardaman's Alaysha Hubbard finished in eighth at last year's MHSAA 1A Track and Field Championships in the Shot Put, but is well on her way to snagging a MHSAA 1A title this year after her class-leading mark of 31-0.
*Anna Patterson, the reigning MHSAA 2A Champion in the Shot Put, could snag two titles in both the Shot Put and Discus after her class-lead in the Discus of 100-5, a lifetime best for the Bay Springs junior.
*Velma Jackson's Lorenzo Smith looks well on his way to qualifying for the 2023 MHSAA 2A Track and Field Championships after his MHSAA 2A-leading mark of 22.21 seconds at the MSHAA Region 3-2A Championships.
*Heidelberg Senior Tyler Thames secured his fourth lifetime best in a row in the 110-meter hurdles, running 15.79 seconds and continues to lead MHSAA 2A in the event.
*North Sides's Ricardo Butler 43.05 in the 300-meter hurdles now leads MHSAA 2A, and puts Butler into a great spot heading into the final qualifying rounds before the MHSAA 2A Track and Field Championships.
*Reigning MHSAA 2A Shot Put Champion Alex Miller threw 47-4.5 in his specialty event to raise his MHSAA 2A lead in the event.
*Tylertown freshman Jamarcus Garrett sprinted to a lifetime best of 10.72 seconds to win the MHSAA 4-3A Championships, and now leads all of MHSAA 3A in the event.
*Avery Abram Jr., the MHSAA 3A leader in the High Jump, secured another MHSAA 3A lead in the Long Jump with his leap of 21-10, a lifetime best for the Tylertown Junior.
*At the MHSAA 6-3A Division Meet, Magee's Nicole Sandifer sprinted to a lifetime best of 25.16 seconds in the 200m. After setting a new MHSAA 3A lead in the event, Sandifer looks primed and ready to roll at the 2023 MHSAA 3A Track and Field Championships.
*Emily Ireland, a five-time MHSAA 3A Cross Country Champion, secured the MHSAA 3A lead in the 3200m with a time of 12:01, setting herself up to defend her 3200m title at the 2023 MHSAA 3A Track and Field Championships.
*Kosciusko's Presley Fulgham, the reigning MHSAA 4A Pole Vault Champion, vaulted a lifetime best of 9-0 to snag the MHSAA 4A lead.
*Raymond's Lia Sutton threw 38-0 in the Shot Put at the MHSAA Region 3-4A Championship in Pearl, Miss. to take the title and secure the MHSAA 4A lead, setting herself up for a successful outing at the 2023 MHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships.
*Micah ODaniel from Caledonia High threw down a huge lifetime best of 14.77 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles at the MHSAA Region 1-4A Championships, taking the title and stealing the MHSAA 4A lead in the process.
*Columbia's Devron Cloyd, a three-time MHSAA Champion, leaped to a lifetime best of 6-6 in the High Jump at the MHSAA Region 4-4A Championships and is well on his way to winning more MHSAA 4A titles before finishing out his high school career.
*Canton's Antoine Spillman now leads MHSAA 5A in both the 200m and 400m. At the MHSAA Region 2-5A Championships, Spillman broke 22 seconds in the 200m for the first time in his career, running 21.88 seconds to take the MHSAA Region 2-5A title.
*Reigning MHSAA 5A 110mH Champion Jamari Page hurdled to a Mississippi-lead of 14.30 seconds in his specialty event, a lifetime best for the Ridgeland Junior.
*Jim Hill's Jessie Williams just got started this season, but wasted no time getting to the top of the MHSAA 5A leaderboards. At the MHSAA Region 2-5A Championships, Williams jumped an impressive 22-9.25 to take the title and No. 1 ranking in the event in MHSAA 5A.
*In MHSAA 5A Triple Jump rankings, Tyler Henderson recorded a lifetime best of 46-2 to slingshot to the top, just in time for the 2023 MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships.
*Valencia Watson continued her reign in the short sprints in MHSAA 5A, putting down blazing-fast marks of 11.91 seconds in the 100m and 24.49 in the 200m.
*One of the most versatile athletes in MHSAA 5A, Lenasia Drummond leaped to a mark in the Triple Jump of 37-11, a MHSAA 5A lead and lifetime best for the Hattiesburg Senior.
*West Harrison's Deasia Williams shot to the top of MHSAA 5A rankings in the Pole Vault, recording a lifetime best of 8-6 in her specialty event.
*Mississippi State signee Kennedy Stringfellow has been on a tear this outdoor season. Recently, the Brandon High senior recorded a lifetime best of 21.18 seconds in the 200m to take the MHSAA Region 3-6A Championships. Additionally, Stringfellow jumped a top-10 national mark of 24-8.5 in the Long Jump.
*John Scott Kendricks not only vaulted a MHSAA 6A lead, but a national lead in the Pole Vault at 17-1 at the MHSAA Region 1-6A Championships. Kendricks also re-set the Mississippi High School Boys Pole Vault record.
*Pearl's Connor Mozee, the reigning MHSAA 6A Discus Champion, threw 176-9 in his specialty event at the MHSAA 5-6A Division Meet.
*Jayden Maten of Regents of Oxford recorded a lifetime best of 45.06 seconds in the 300mH, winning the Lee Academy District Meet and now sits atop MSAIS 2A in the event. Additionally, Maten leaped to a mark of 21-0
*Tunica Senior Almonzoe Payne sprinted to a mark of 11.27 seconds to win the Lee Academy Track Meet. Additionally, Payne leaped to a mark of 20-7 in the Long Jump, meaning he now leads MSAIS 3A in two events currently.
*Qua Johnson of Sylva Bay secured a lifetime best of 23.25 seconds, leading MSAIS 3A in the process.
*Sylva Bay's Brody Boyd triple jumped a mark of 39-7, and now leads MSAIS 3A in his specialty event.
*Mary Pillow of Desoto, who has a few MSAIS titles under her belt in the distance events, now leads MSAIS 3A in the 200m with a mark of 26.63 seconds.
*Pillow's teammate, Claudia Pittman, ran 1:02.68 in the 400m to lead MSAIS 3A in the event.
*Anslee Barnes of DeSoto School ran 18.25 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles at the Lee Academy District Meet, and now leads MSAIS 3A.
*Additionally, yet another DeSoto School athlete in Kirkley Ann Rawls leads MSAIS 3A. Rawls ran 51.33 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles to sit atop the MSAIS 3A rankings in that event.
*Mary Alice Holmes of Canton Academy ran 1:02.28 in the 400m, setting herself up for a great outing at the 2023 MSAIS Track and Field Championships.
*Blair Walsh raised the bar in the throwing events in MSAIS 4A, throwing 113-10 in the Discus and 37-5.5 in the Shot Put to lead MSAIS 4A in both events.
*Lee Academy's Ava Billingsley vaulted an impressive 9-10 at the Lee Academy District Meet, a lifetime best and new MSAIS 4A lead.
*Alexis Moorman secured a lifetime best in the Triple Jump of 33-10.75, leading MSAIS 4A in the process.
*Tanner Fava, a speedster from Lee Academy, sprinted to a mark of 23.09 seconds in the 200m, a new MSAIS 4A lead in the event.
*John Thomas of Canton Academy secured a MSAIS 4A-leading mark of 16.84 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, taking the district title in the process.
*Bert Goodloe is looking to be a major point-scorer for the Canton Academy Panthers as he now leads MSAIS 4A in three different events. Recently, Goodloe jumped to a mark of 21-3 in the Long Jump, and also leads MSAIS 4A in the 400m and 300mH.
*Roury McCloyen not only set MSAIS 5A-leading marks, but set overall state records in both the Shot Put and Discus at the Lee Academy District Meet. McCloyen, a Mississippi State signee, threw 199-11.25 in the Discus and 64-4.5 in the Shot Put.
*Washington School's Cedric Dove hurdled to an impressive 15.44 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, taking the MSAIS 1-5A District title and MSAIS 5A lead in the process.
*Wyatt Albright jumped 41-10 in the Triple Jump, a lifetime best and new MSAIS 5A lead for the Copiah Academy Senior.
*Bayou Academy Junior Alex Lopez kept his undefeated streak alive this season, throwing 49-11.5 in the Shot Put to set a new lead in MSAIS 5A in the event.
*Addison Weems secured not just one, but two MSAIS 5A leading marks in both the 100m and 200m at the MSAIS 1-5A District Meet. Weems, a sophomore from Pillow Academy, put down marks of 12.68 seconds in the 100m and 26.11 in the 200m for two lifetime bests on the day.
*Cathedral's Maddie Verucchi, a newbie in the sport of track and field, ran a very impressive 2:26.6 in her first-ever 800m, and now leads all of MSAIS 5A in that event.
*Bayou's Catherine Sanders broke the 17-second barrier in the 100-meter hurdles, running 16.49 seconds at the MSAIS 1-5A District Meet to cross the line in first and set a new MSAIS 5A lead.
*Starkville Academy's Abby Winston jumped a remarkable 16-9.25 at the MSAIS 1-5A District Meet, raising the bar in that event in MSAIS 5A.
*At the MSAIS 1-5A District Meet, Ella Wallace of Pillow Academy triple jumped 33-4.5 to set a new MSAIS 5A lead in her specialty event.
*Sela Mancini launched the Shot Put a distance of 36-6 to set a new MSAIS 5A lead in her specialty event.
*MRA Senior Evie Ewing jumped a remarkable 18-3.5 for a new lifetime best and MSAIS 6A lead.
*Addie Roberts of Jackson Academy threw 33-7 in the Shot Put, and now sits atop the MSAIS 6A rankings in that event.
*Mike Jones of Hartfield Academy blazed the track in the 200m dash, running 22.69 seconds to set a new MSAIS 6A lead.
*Sam Hailey of MRA dropped a considerable amount of time in the 800m, recording a lifetime best of 2:04.6 to set a new MSAIS 6A lead in the event.
*Jake McMillan, a hurdles specialist from MRA, set a new lifetime best in the 110mH at 15.19 seconds, leading MSAIS 6A as a result.
*Jackson Prep's William Laird triple jumped 42-8, raising his own MSAIS 6A lead in the process.
*Jackson Academy Senior Adams Kennedy threw 45-1 in the Shot Put, a new lifetime best and MSAIS 6A lead in the event.
*Michael Barnes inched ever so close to the six-foot barrier, jumping 5-11 at the Coastal Mississippi Classic for a new Mississippi Homeschool lead. Additionally, he added a 20-8 in the Long Jump, another Homeschool lead.
*Indya Simmons put down a time of 1:03.00 in the 400m, setting a new Mississippi Homeschool leading mark in the process.
*At that same meet, Julianna Hamilton recorded a 1600m time of 5:54, another Mississippi Homeschool lead for the Tupelo Spartans.
*Emily Taylor of the Knight Hawks hurdled to a Mississippi Homeschool leading mark of 18.12 seconds in the 100mH at the Coastal Mississippi Classic. Additionally, Taylor leaped to a mark of 17-0 in the Long Jump, proving she is a valued asset to the Knight Hawks in multiple events.