Weekend Preview: Competitive Fields in Tupelo & Clinton

2023 Tupelo Invitational

Tupelo High School Tupelo, MS
Sep 23, 2023

Venue Records: Tupelo High School

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  1. In the face of fierce North Mississippi competition, all eyes are on No. 1 ranked Andrew Brown, but dark horses like No. 4 ranked Bailey Kosko and No. 6 ranked Graham Weiss are set to challenge the throne.

  2. The electrifying matchup between Brown and Kosko takes center stage, as both sprint through hot streaks, though Brown currently leads their seasonal face-offs with a decisive victory at the Memphis Twilight Classic.

  3. Brown is fresh from his blistering 15:39 5K, while Kosko boasts two recent victories and a 15:43 PR.

  4. The depth of talent is undeniable once you add in the consistency of Graham Weiss, the ever-capable No. 7 ranked Taylor Brown who finished runner-up in last year's competition, and Giles Jones of Starkville who recently stuck his nose in the mix at last week's Saltillo Cross Country Invitational.

  5. Brodie Moore, with his impressive 16:09 5K under his belt, remains a mystery on whether will he race among the elites in the Large School Division or take on the Small School Division?

  6. The undefeated titan, Kaitlyn Burge, is set for a showdown against reigning champion and course record holder, hometown favorite Brookelyn Morgan, in what's slated to be the highlight of the season.

  7. The last time these two met on the grass was the 2022 MHSAA 6A Cross Country Championships in which Morgan caught the upper hand as she clinched second place.

  8. With a stacked field featuring stars like Ally Murphy, Riley Jackson, Elsie Wilbanks, and Sophie Santucci, the Varsity Girls 5K promises to be a race bursting with talent and tight finishes.

  9. There will be three top-10 matchups in Varsity Girls competition with No. 5 ranked Tupelo High, No. 7 ranked Hernando, and No. 9 ranked Corinth. Tupelo are the on-paper favorites, but anything can happen on race day. 

  10. In Varsity Boys team competition, No. 2 ranked Tupelo High School are the huge on paper favorites, but don't count out No. 7 ranked Corinth and No. 10 ranked Starkville, as well as Oxford, Pontotoc, and Hernando. 

  • Echoes of last year's nail-biting finish linger, where Bryant narrowly edged out Fugate by a second, raising the stakes for this year's reunion.

  • With Madison Central's Colin Brannon joining the mix, fans are poised for an exhilarating race, marking the first time this powerhouse group of five locks horns this season.

  • Fresh from their impressive 5K timings at the Southern Showcase, Bryant and Oberto are armed and ready, while Fugate, with three course records to his name, is known to rise to the occasion when elite competition looms.

  • The stage is set for a thrilling duel as No. 5 ranked Alex Lee and No. 7 Katherine Neal, both riding high on their season's best performances, prepare to clash.

  • Fresh from her entry into the elite All-MileSplit Mississippi team, Neal's stellar form promises an exciting race, especially with Lee's recent runner-up accolade at the Saltillo Invitational.

  • The spotlight doesn't dim with the inclusion of NW Rankin's Grace Hoeniges, who recently faced a nail-biting out-kick by Lee, adding another layer to the impending contest.

  • Eyes will also be on the undefeated No. 1 ranked East Rankin Academy girls, led by Audrey Mayatte as they look to maintain their winning streak and further solidify their dominance in the sport.