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Picture this: the Mississippi High School Track and Field Championships, buzzing with excitement and anticipation. Now imagine a crew of remarkable middle school athletes crashing the party, ready to show off their insane talent on the varsity scene.
Don't let their middle school status deceive you - they're making big waves among the seasoned high school athletes, proving that age is nothing but a number when it comes to making an impact in the world of Mississippi Track and Field.
These future superstars aren't just competing; they're rewriting the record books and showing that the future of the sport is in capable hands.
An impressive performer from the MSAIS Track and Field Championships comes from Abbie Stephens of Delta Academy.
Stephens competed in the 100m and 200m dashes, taking home the gold medal finish for Class 2A in both events. These performances were also lifetime bests with a time of 13.25 in the 100m and 27.30 in the 200m.
She had been running steady times this season before running significant PRs to take the wins as a 7th grader and raise many eyebrows around the state.
Alexis Mosley, hailing from Shannon High School, proved to be a sprinting sensation throughout the MHSAA 2A season.
Despite being just an eighth grader, she showcased remarkable experience and entered the MHSAA 2A Track and Field Championships as the reigning champion in the 100m dash.
Building on her prior success, Mosley returned this season with fierce determination and secured an impressive runner-up finish, crossing the finish line in a mere 12.47 seconds, a mere five hundredths of a second behind the first-place finisher. Mosley's season has been nothing short of exceptional, as she remained undefeated in the 100m dash, except for the closely contested state championship race.
With her incredible talent and unwavering drive, Alexis Mosley has cemented herself as a standout athlete to watch in the realm of Mississippi sprinting.
Among the standout performances during the championship season, Myrtle High's Ally Murphy delivered one of the most impressive displays by a middle school athlete.
As a member of the class of 2028, Murphy made her mark at the MHSAA 2A Track and Field Championships, securing two class titles for herself as just a seventh-grader. Her exceptional day began with a commanding victory in the 1600m event, where she clocked an impressive time of 5:47.6.
Undeterred by her first triumph, she then continued her winning streak by clinching the top spot in the 800m event, completing it in a notable time of 2:30.4. Murphy's remarkable performances in these events have been consistent throughout the season, having emerged victorious in the majority of her races and establishing herself as a top contender among the class of 2028 in both the 1600m and 800m runs.
Another name on our list of impressive middle schoolers that competed this post season is Amari Trevillion from Port Gibson High School.
Trevillion competed in the 400m at the MHSAA 3A Track and Field Championships and, in dramatic fashion, walked away with her first MHSAA 3A title as a seventh grader.
Running evenly with the pack for the majority of the race, she broke away in the last fifty meters and held on for the victory in a time of 1:00.04. She has consistently run around the 60-second barrier in the quarter mile this season and holds a lifetime best of 59.80, currently the No. 2 time in Mississippi for all seventh-graders.
Andrew Brown, an eighth grader hailing from Tupelo High School, has become a household name for his exceptional talent in the distance events.
Competing in the MHSAA 6A Track and Field Championships, Brown left a lasting impression in the highly competitive 1600m run.
Merely reaching the final round as a middle schooler in the MHSAA 6A is an impressive feat in itself. However, Brown stunned the state when he secured a remarkable third-place finish overall, completing the race in an impressive time of 4:34.62, a mere 2 seconds behind the winner.
Throughout the season, Brown has consistently showcased his impressive abilities, including running under the coveted 10-minute barrier in the 3200m run. Notably, his lifetime best in the 1600m stands at an impressive time of 4:28.90. Additionally, Brown holds the No. 1 middle school ranking in Mississippi in both the 1600m and 3200m runs.
As we eagerly anticipate the future, it is without a doubt that Brown's talents hold great promise and excitement for what lies ahead.
An MSAIS hurdle specialist, Cedric Dove from Washington School ended his season strong with two podium finishes at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships.
Competing in both the 110mH and 300mH, he placed second in the 110mH in a time of 15.77. He came back later that day to finish third in the 300mH in 42.27.
With a solid season under his belt, he will most definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the MSAIS
Perhaps one of the most impressive middle schoolers in the state, Charve Gibson from Jefferson County HS was a top hurdler this season.
In the 300mH, Gibson snagged gold, earning her first-ever MHSAA 3A title of her young career. She holds a life best of 44.65 in the event, which is the third-fastest mark in all of Mississippi this season.
On top of the hurdles, Gibson also took home the silver in the Long Jump, as well as a fourth-place finish in the 100m dash.
Without a doubt, Gibson had a stellar season and will be a major threat for many years to come
Cooper Wallace, an eighth grader representing Brookhaven High School, has garnered widespread admiration throughout the season with his exceptional performances.
Specializing in the distance events, Wallace concluded his track season at the MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships, competing in the highly-anticipated 3200m run. After excelling at the middle school level. Wallace continued his momentum by securing a bronze medal in the event, stopping the clock in an impressive 10:32.40.
Demonstrating consistent improvement over the course of the season and ending on a high note, Wallace has proven himself as a formidable young talent to be reckoned with. As his journey continues, it is evident that Cooper Wallace is a name to watch for, as he continues to make strides and leave his mark in the world of track and field.
Another Port Gibson athlete making her mark at the MHSAA 3A Track and Field Championships was Trevillion's teammate and fellow seventh grader, DaBriel McCauley.
McCauley capped off a stellar debut season with a title-winning charge in the 800m. Finishing in a time of 2:29.18, she narrowly held off a hard-charging Bella Jordan from Saint Patrick by two hundredths of a second.
She has progressed steadily throughout the season and improved upon her personal best by eighteen seconds since the beginning of the season.
Biloxi High's Emerson Yelverton has established herself as a standout middle-distance runner in both her class of 2027, as well as the entire state as a whole.
At the MHSAA 6A Track and Field Championships, Yelverton delivered an outstanding performance in the 800m event. She secured the runner-up position, clocking in at an impressive time of 2:20.5, finishing just behind Pearl's Hannah Moore.
Notably, this remarkable achievement marked an incredible eight-second improvement on Yelverton's personal best, solidifying her as the second-fastest 800m runner across Mississippi this season. In addition to her remarkable 800m performance, Yelverton showcased her versatility by securing an eighth-place finish in the 400m event, completing it in a time of 1:02.34.
Grace Hoeniges, a standout distance runner from Northwest Rankin, demonstrated her exceptional talent at the MHSAA 6A Track and Field Championships.
Specializing in the 3200m event, Hoeniges delivered a stellar performance, earning herself a well-deserved third-place finish and the bronze medal, clocking an impressive time of 12:04.4. This outstanding achievement not only marked a significant improvement of six seconds on her previous personal best but also positioned her at the No. 1 spot in the class of 2027 across the entire state in the 3200m run.
Grace Hoeniges continues to showcase her remarkable abilities as a distance phenom, leaving spectators and competitors alike in awe of her prowess on the track.
West Memphis Christian's Gracie Ford was a big-time performer at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships, competing in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, and the 400m dash in Class 2A.
Ford had a lifetime best in each event with a 1:08.22 in the 400m, a mark of 14-8.5 in the Long Jump, and a mark of 32-3 in the Triple Jump.
She took home the gold in the 400m dash, along with placing 2nd in the Triple jump, and 5th in the Long Jump to close out the impressive showing this season.
Julianna Hamilton, a homeschool sensation reigning from the Tupelo Spartans, has proven herself as a remarkable talent even at the middle school level, achieving the status of a Homeschool Champion at the varsity level.
At the 2023 Mid-South Homeschool Championships, Hamilton displayed her extraordinary abilities. In an impressive display of endurance, she stormed to victory in the 3200m event, crossing the finish line with a time of 12:39.3.
Not content with just one triumph, Hamilton also secured a commendable runner-up finish in the 1600m event, clocking an impressive time of 5:55.7, falling just short of her personal best by less than a second.
These accomplishments highlight her exceptional talent and assert her as a dominant force in the Mississippi Homeschool community. Despite her young age, Julianna Hamilton has already proven herself as an athlete to be reckoned with, setting the stage for a promising future in the realm of track and field.
Making waves in the Mississippi distance scene, Isabella Iles, an eighth-grade sensation from Brookhaven High, showcased her extraordinary talent at the MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships.
With determination in her stride, Iles took on the distance triad, competing in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m events. In a nail-biting finish during the 3200m race, she skillfully out-leaned her closest competitor, securing her first-ever podium finish and proudly claiming the bronze medal. Not stopping there, Iles continued to impress with a strong fifth-place finish in the 800m run and a commendable sixth-place finish in the 1600m run.
Ivy Savidge, the eighth-grader out of Mt. Salus Christian School, competed at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships in the 800m, 300m Hurdles, and the Long Jump in Class 2A.
Savidge won the 300m Hurdles with a new lifetime best of 51.32 in a nail-biting finish. She also placed second in the 800m run with a time of 2:47.97 and placed 3rd in the Long Jump with a mark of 15-2.5.
The Clinton, Miss. native ended with an impressive showing after having steady progress throughout her time on track this season.
Mary Alice Holmes
Competing for Canton Academy, Mary Alice Holmes is another athlete that impressed many at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships in Class 4A.
This eighth-grader competed in three events, taking the gold medal home with her in every single one. She competed in the 100m dash finishing with a new lifetime best of 12.83, the 200m dash also with a new lifetime best being 26.34, and the 400m dash with a time of 1:01.58.
These performances are just a testament to how impressive the season was for this athlete overall.
Mary Charles Beckett
Yet another seventh-grader that has drawn some attention is Mary Charles Beckett.
The Regents of Oxford attendee competed in the 1600m run and the 3200m run at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships in the Class 2A division. She placed third in the 1600m run with a time of 6:20.82, only two seconds off her lifetime best.
Additionally, Beckett took home the win in the 3200m run with a lifetime best of 13:52.37 to win by a significant margin, successfully pulling off the 5K(XC)-3200m double as just a seventh-grader.
McKinley Shirley, a class of 2028 athlete for Wayne Academy, closed out her season in an impressive fashion at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships.
Competing in the 100m and 200m dash, Shirley was able to secure a 3rd place finish in Class 4A for both events and hit new lifetime bests of 13.10 in the 100m and 27.34 in the 200m.
These performances place her in the top three in the state for 7th grade girls in both the 100m and 200m, and give her a very strong close to her season.
Reese Johnson, an eighth-grader representing Madison Ridgeland Academy, concluded her season with a remarkable performance at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships.
Competing in Class 6A, Johnson left a lasting impression on spectators and competitors alike. In the 1600m run, she showcased her incredible skill by securing a fourth-place finish, setting a new lifetime best of 5:53.39. Not stopping there, Johnson continued to excel in the 3200m event, earning a well-deserved second-place finish with a time of 13:37.06.
Demonstrating her versatility as a track athlete, she also showcased her talents in the Pole Vault, capturing another silver medal and achieving a lifetime best height of 9-6.
With these outstanding achievements, Reese Johnson has undoubtedly established herself as a rising star to keep a close eye on in the coming years.
Riz McBride, a seventh-grader from Madison Ridgeland Academy, had an impressive showing in the 800m run at the MSAIS Track and Field Championships for Class 6A.
McBride put down a lifetime best in this race of 2:23.69 while placing second by less than a second.
With this performance, the MRA middle school sensation is now the No. 1 ranked seventh-grader in all of Mississippi, as well as the No. 3 seventh-grader nationally.