Mississippi Athletes Shine on Day 2 of RunningLane T&F

FULL RESULTS: 2023 RunningLane Track Championships

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --- Day two of the RunningLane Track Championships unveiled more memorable performances, especially in the 800m runs. Mississippi's finest athletes left a trail of lifetime bests and significant records.

On the girls' side, Jackson Prep's Olivia Smith and Tupelo's Sophie Santucci broke new ground, becoming the first two female Mississippi athletes to break through the 2:20 barrier this season. Both claimed these achievements in section three, placing second and third, respectively. Smith delivered an exceptional time of 2:18.63, while Santucci crossed the line at 2:19.15 - lifetime bests for both runners.

In an extraordinary feat, Santucci followed up her 800m run with a full mile in 5:06.65, which converts to 5:04.87 for the 1600m. This remarkable effort further solidified her Mississippi No. 1 ranking and brought her tantalizingly close to becoming the sixth-ever Mississippi female prep to break the five-minute barrier in the 1600m event. With this performance, Santucci vaulted to No. 6 All-time in Mississippi history and the fourth fastest in the past decade, surpassing Mississippi legends such as Julia Cathcart, Kate Mattox, and Rebecca Buteau.

Further highlights in the girls mile include Emily Ireland's 5:29, which converts to a 5:27 1600m, and Brookelyn Morgan's 5:30, equivalent to a 5:28 1600m. These strong performances add to the excitement and anticipation for the final day of the RunningLane Track Championships.

Day two of the RunningLane Track Championships on the boy's side of things saw the rise of Mississippi's young and talented distance runners, who dominated the boys' distance events with spectacular performances.

Centreville Academy freshman Kameron Willson, a four-time MSAIS Champion, made a notable splash in the 800m, recording an outstanding 1:56.1. This was a remarkable run and a significant lifetime best for Willson. Not far behind, Tupelo senior Jaheim Bridges ran an impressive 1:57.0, marking another lifetime best for this well-accomplished athlete.

In the Boys' mile, another rising star, Tupelo's Andrew Brown, stole the show. Despite being an eighth-grader, Brown ran the fastest mile of the day, clocking in at 4:30.15. This phenomenal time converts to a blistering 4:28.5 for the 1600m.

Continuing the momentum, Jaheim Bridges and Gabe McElwain, both MHSAA champions in their respective classifications, followed suit with a pair of 4:31 miles, which convert to 4:29 for the 1600m. Adding to the spectacle, Lukas Dykes, a two-time MHSAA 4A Champion from Mooreville, ran a 4:32 mile, translating to a 4:30 1600m.

Rising Senior Jeb Hamilton, a homeschool star representing the Tupelo Spartans, ran an equally impressive 4:32 full mile, converting to a 4:31 1600m. This was a significant lifetime best for Hamilton. To round off a day filled with astounding performances, Tupelo's Taylor Brown clocked 4:33.51, which also converts to a 4:31 1600m.

As these young athletes continue to redefine what's possible, day two of the RunningLane Track Championships cements the event as a showcase of Mississippi's emerging track and field talent.