Talk of the Town: Clinton's 2024 T&F Campaign Continues

Omari Hampton Raises The Bar in 60m Dash

Adding to Clinton's depth, Junior speedster Omari Hampton raised the bar in the 60m dash, securing his second lifetime best in a row in a blitzing 6.93 seconds in the 60m dash to place second overall at the 2023 Holiday Invitational.

With a 10.62 100m sprint already under his belt, Hampton is in the midst of a hot streak, setting his sights on reclaiming the throne in the 100m and 200m events at the MHSAA 7A level.

All-time, this performance catapults Hampton to No. 4 on the overall Mississippi High School Boys Indoor 60m list, nestled between Tylertown great Jeremiah Dillon, now a wide receiver at Ole Miss, and Pearl's Corvin Johnson, an NJCAA National Qualifier for Hinds Community College. Moreover, Hampton has secured a spot in the top 10 nationally, signaling that he's not just a local sensation but a sprinter with potential on the grand stage. 

Howard Banks Joins Top-5 List in Indoor 400m

Howard Banks, a junior from Clinton High School, made a statement at the 2023 Holiday Invitational with an impressive performance in the 400m dash. Clocking in at a blazing 48.75 seconds, he secured the fifth spot on the Indoor High School Boys 400m list, nestled between Amory's James Taylor and Raymond's Cooper Rodgers, a current senior who has signed with Mississippi State University. Additionally, Banks is ranked third nationally in his specialty event.

What's more, this isn't just an indoor personal record; it's an overall lifetime best, surpassing his outdoor PR by 0.17 seconds. Banks' rapid progress hints at the possibility of a sub-48 time on the outdoor track in the near future, establishing him as a rising star in track and field.

Howard Banks' journey is just beginning, but he's already proving to be a formidable force on the track. With his remarkable performance at the 2023 Holiday Invitational, he's set a high standard for himself and is poised to make a significant impact in MHSAA 7A come Spring. 

Hattiesburg's Maddox Brown Takes Flight

The jumps scene just gained a rising star, and his name is Maddox Brown. This junior from Hattiesburg High School burst onto the scene at the 2023 Holiday Invitational, leaving spectators and competitors in awe. Brown, previously known for his PRs of 22-1 in the long jump and 5-6 in the high jump, had never tried his hand at the triple jump before. But that didn't deter him from raising the bar, quite literally and figuratively, in all three events.

In the long jump, Brown soared to a remarkable PR of 22-6.5, securing the No. 1 spot in the state and an impressive No. 3 all-time in Mississippi High School Boys Indoor Track & Field history. He didn't stop there; he broke through the six-foot barrier in the high jump, securing yet another PR of 6-0, which earned him the No. 2 spot for the year, just behind Tylertown's Avery Abram Jr. And as if that wasn't enough, Brown added another MS#1 mark to his name in the triple jump, with a fantastic mark of 41-4 in his debut attempt at the event.

The future looks incredibly bright for this jumping sensation, and we can expect him to be a major point scorer for the Hattiesburg Tigers in the upcoming spring season. 

Julie Segroves Burst Back Onto The Scene

Biloxi High's own Julie Segroves, the reigning Mississippi High School Girls record holder in both indoor and outdoor pole vault, has made a triumphant return to the 2024 Track and Field season. In her debut in the pole vault, she effortlessly clinched victory with a height of 12-0, reminding everyone why she's a force to be reckoned with in her marquee event

But wait - There's more! Segroves decided to showcase her versatility by stepping onto the track. In the 60m dash, she blazed her way to a lifetime best of 8.33 seconds, and in the 60m hurdles, she secured another personal best with a time of 9.74 seconds. These remarkable performances have catapulted her to the No. 4 spot in the state for the 60 meter hurdles.

While Julie Segroves has made a name for herself as a pole vault star, her recent foray into sprinting and hurdling raises an intriguing question - could we soon see a pentathlon in her near future?

Nevertheless, whether it's soaring to new heights in the pole vault or blazing down the track, Julie Segroves is a name that will continue to shine on both the Mississippi and national scenes.

Aryn Eady Lays Down Historical Shot Put Mark

Aryn Eady of D'Iberville High has clearly been on a mission during the offseason, and her recent performance at the 2023 Holiday Invitational speaks volumes. With a remarkable lifetime best of 36-7 in the Shot Put, she claimed an impressive fourth-place finish. Notably, Eady now holds the top spot in the entire state of Mississippi. 

But here's where it gets even more exciting - Aryn Eady has etched her name into the history books. Her performance places her fourth on the all-time list in the shot put in Mississippi state history, closing in on the records set by Clinton greats Meagan Womack and Kaitlyn Walker, now competing for Mississippi State University. To put this into perspective, her throw would have secured her the third-place spot at the 2023 MHSAA 6A Track and Field Championships, an event that boasted fierce competition and placed fifth overall.

With this level of performance, she has firmly established herself as a potential favorite to clinch the gold in the upcoming MHSAA 7A championship season.

Watch out, because Aryn Eady is taking center stage in Mississippi's High School Girl's throwing scene. 

Written By: Chris Webber(Editor) 

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