Meet Preview: Benton Academy & Jackson Academy

  1. Star-Studded Field: The Varsity Girls' race at the 2023 Jackson Academy Cross Country Invitational is one not to be missed. With three members of the Varsity Girls All-MileSplit Mississippi team on the roster - Ella Rankin of Hartfield Academy, and the Simpson Academy power duo, Layla Warren and Lilly Overby - spectators are in for a treat.

  2. Rankin's Dominance: Ella Rankin, who currently sits at the fifth position in the rankings, is no stranger to the City of Brandon Cross Country course. Earlier this season, she clocked a 19:54 finish, narrowly trailing Madison Central's No. 4 ranked Alex Lee. Rankin also holds the impressive venue record of 18:23, marking her as the one to beat.

  3. Challenging the Reign: Rankin may be the record holder, but she faces fierce competition. Overby, ranked seventh, and Warren, ranked sixth and the Jackson Academy XC Invitational reigning champion, are gunning for the top spot, making this a race too close to call.

  4. Teams to Watch: Madison Ridgeland Academy's girls, the current No. 2 ranked team in the state, are vying for dominance. With Mae Ellen Mallet potentially making her long-awaited 2023 Cross Country season debut and Blair Britt fresh off a lifetime best from the Memphis Twilight Classic, MRA is a force to be reckoned with.

  5. Men's Race Alert: Over on the men's side, watch for Madison Ridgeland Academy, led by the 2022 MAIS 6A Cross Country Champion Jonas Cox, as they seek a decisive victory.

Gear up, Mississippi. This invitational promises fast times, fierce rivalries, and unforgettable moments on the trail!