Poplarville wins track title

Published 10:49 pm Saturday, April 21, 2007

Poplarville’s boys won the Region 4-4A track and field meet on Thursday at Picayune with 124 points.

Picayune finished fifth in the meet and Pearl River Central was ninth.

For Poplarville, Ike Bowden took first place in two events, winning the long jump (22-2) and the 100 meter dash (10.77). He was also part of the winning 4X100 meters relay team.

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Hornet Nathan Bowman took first place in the 800 meter run (2:10.79), while teammates Joel Bilbo and Justin Raine won field events as Bilbo took the triple jump (40-3.5) and Raine won the shot put (45-feet). Bowman also qualified as part of the 4X400 relay team, which also took first place.

Picayune had a pair of first place finishes, as Marvin Mercado won the 1,600 meter run (4:59.16) and Ryan Taylor won the 400 meter dash (50.79).

The top four finisher’s from each event qualified for the South State meet, which takes place Saturday in Gulfport.

Other qualifiers from Poplarville were Chad Moore (1,600 meter run), Irvin Brown (400 meter dash and 4X400 meter relay), John Formby (300 meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles and pole vault), Brandon Peters (200 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 4X100 meter relay), Tyler Krutzfield (3,200 meter run), Akeem Henry (shot put), Ledrey Gray (shot put), Matt Williams (4X100 and 4X400 meter relays) and Dorrell Ford (4X400 meter relay).

For Picayune, also qualifying for South State were Chris Dees (high jump), Mercado (800 meter run) Taylor (200 meter dash) and Devin Wilson (1,600 meter run). Also, Alvin Richard, Artie Richard, Andy Seal and Terrance McCann qualified in the 4X400 meter relays.

For PRC, Caston Dyle qualified with a second place finish in the 800-meter run. Dyle also finished second in the Division 8-4A meet as well.

• In the girls’ action, Pass Christian won the event while Picayune finished in second. Poplarville was sixth and PRC eighth.

Picayune had a trio of winners, with Lauren Burks taking first place in the 400 meter dash (1:02.30) and Tja Goff winning the shot put (38-7). Burks also finished second in the 100 meter dash and Goff third in the discus.

Young Hannah Nunez was quite impressive for the Lady Tide, winning the high jump (5-feet) and also qualifying in the 200 meter dash as well as qualifying on both the 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay teams.

Nishanna Tyson also qualified for Picayune in the discus, as did Tyisha Graves, Ketrice Stallings and Autumn Jackson along with Nunez in the relay events.

PRC’s Shanekka Fowler qualified in the 100 meter hurdles.

Qualifying to move on from Poplarville were Poplarville, Kayla Stricker (1,600 and 3,200 meter runs), Jessica Henry (shot put) and De’Quanna Pearson (discus).