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Tide track teams successful

LONG BEACH —  Picayune’s girls and boys track teams both turned in impressive performances in the Long Beach Invitational Thursday.
The Lady Tide tied for first in the team standings with the host team, each compiling 103 points. Poplarville was a close third with 92 points, and Pearl River Central finished sixth with 53 points.
The Maroon Tide came up just short, finishing two points behind St. Martin for the boys title. The Yellow Jackets totaled 114 points, and Picayune compiled 112 points. Long Beach finished third at 94, Poplarville was fourth with 78 points and Pearl River Central finished a solid fifth with 74 points.
A total of 15 boys teams and 14 girls teams competed in the annual meet.
Local athletes dominated the slate on the girls side of things. Poplarville’s Jenascia Peters was the big winner on the day, as she took home three first place finishes. Peters won the 100 meter hurdles (17.13), as well as the long jump (17-5 ½) and the triple jump (36-1/2). She also finished second in the 300 meter hurdles.
Picayune’s Quiara Wilson took home a pair of first place finishes in both the 100 meter dash (13.03) as well as the 200 meter dash (26.91).  She also ran a leg on the winning 4×100 meter relay team.
Poplarville’s Naomi White was also a double winner. White won both the shot put (31-8 ½) and the discus (87-11 ½).
Picayune’s Lacey Polderman won the 400 meter dash (1:03.00).
Poplarville’s Zanaisha Turner finished second behind Wilson in both the 100 and 200 meter dash, while Picayune’s Kiera Bell finished second behind White in both the shot put and the discus. Picayune’s Sarah Richard finished second behind Peters in the triple jump.
In relay action, Picayune’s Lacey Polderman, Rekia Telsede,
Corinne Munson and Kennedi Goff ran a season best time in the 4×400 meters (4:25.45) to  finish first. That performance, in the last meet of the day, allowed the Lady Tide to earn the tie for first place in the meet.
The 4×100 meter team of Polderman, Wilson, Richard and Jasmon Flowers took home first place (51.77) as well.
Picayune’s 4×200 team of Amari Haynes, Ciara Nixon, Corinne Munson, Destiny Gray finished second, while the PRC team of Kimberly Gutierrez, Kyria Walton, Maura Burkett and Tyonia Bolar finished third in that event.
On the boys side of the ledger,  Picayune’s Coren Nixon won the 100 meter dash (11.15) while teammate Tyler Smith won the 200 meter dash (23.86). Tony Washington won the 400 meter dash (51.23), while Jaylin Dees won the triple jump (39-5), and he was also third in the 300 meter hurdles. DeMarcus Harralson finished second in the shot put.
For Pearl River Central, Tristan Tate captured first place in the 100-meter hurdles (19.30) while teammate Bryson Penton finished first in the 300 meter hurdles (43.28). Penton also finished second behind Nixon in the 100 meter dash. Blake Cutrer finished third in both the 800 meter run and the 3,200 meter run.
For Poplarville, Anthony Martin won the pole vault (10-feet) and finished second in the high jump. Austin Rancatore took home first place honors in the discus (136-4 ½). Taylor Miller finished second in the 800 meter run. Jeremy Hudnall finished third in the triple jump.
 Picayune dominated the relay events, winning all three races.
The 4×100 team (44.00) consisted of  Nixon, Jonathan Baker,Russell Whitehead, and Smith. The 4×200 team (1:31.48) was made up of Nixon,Baker,Washington, and Smith, while the 4×400 team (3:38.00) consisted of Washington, Caleo Hill, Abram Fletcher, and Dees.
Picayune will host its annual meet Friday afternoon.