Talk of the Town: Middle-Distance Madness


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Jordyn Moody Strikes Again in the 400m

Hailing from Oak Grove High School, Jordyn Moody once again proves that she is the best girls 400m runner in the state right now. At the Carey High School Challenge, she pushed her state lead even further ahead with a time of 56.60 for the 400m distance. She holds the fastest time in the state by almost three seconds and is currently the fourth-fastest freshman in the nation. 

On the Missississippi all-time rankings, she is the fourth fastest freshman to ever run the 400m and is closing in on a top three spot. This freshman phenom is on the move and will be a force to be reckoned with at this year's state championships.

Cooper Rodgers Drops a 48.00 400m at Season Opener

After a phenomenal 2023 track campaign and some impressive indoor performances, Cooper Rodgers of Raymond High School is no stranger to success. With all of his experience and talent, it is no shocker to see him open up his season with a new state lead. 

At the JPS High School Meet, he won the 100m, 200m, and 400m races. In the 400m, he claimed a new MS#1 with a time of 48.00, just beating out Howard Banks' 48.47 from the Carey High School Challenge. He also ran a stunning 21.78 for the 200m, sitting second in the state behind Omari Hampton's 21.44. These marks are nothing out of the ordinary for Rodgers and set him right on the pace from where he ended last season. After finishing his season with a 46.98 at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, it is clear Rodgers has a lot more left in the tank for this year. 

Pearl Boys Reveal Middle Distance Depth

At the Rankin County Championships, the Pearl High School squad showcased their versatile middle-distance crew. Tanner Moore, the reigning 800m and 1600m MHSAA 6A state champion, led the team with a winning time of 50.45, followed by Jon Haralson and Jaquavion Bryant. All three of them ran below 51 and took the 1-2-3 overall. 

What makes this performance so significant is not the time, but the type of athletes that ran these marks. These are all distance-based athletes who are throwing down amazing times in an event that isn't even their specialty. Bryant leads the state in the 3200m and holds a personal best of 4:20 in the 1600m. Moore and Haralson both have broken the two-minute mark in the 800m. These are 3200m, 1600m, and 800m runners showing that they can dominate a massive variety of events. 

When you have 3200m and 1600m runners that can clip off a time like that in the 400m, you have some extremely talented athletes. This Pearl team has already proven themselves to be one of the greatest distance teams to ever touch the track in Mississippi and these 400m performances continue to prove the insane talent and strength of these runners.