Poplarville athletes qualify for state

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2014

LONG BEACH — Poplarville’s Jenascia Peters has been a force to be reckoned with all season long in prep track and field circles.

And after an impressive performance in the Class 4A South State meet, she is primed for her first trip to the overall state event.

Peters captured a pair of South State first place ribbons Saturday here at Lance Lumpkin Stadium, winning the long jump and triple jump events. She also finished third in the 300 meter hurdles, meaning that she qualified in all three events for the overall Class 4A meet which takes place Saturday at Pearl High School.

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Peters went 18’ 3 ¼” in the long jump and leapt 38’ 6 ½” in the triple jump to take top honors.

Poplarville’s Naomi White also took a first place, winning the discus with a throw of 101’. White also qualified for state in the shot put, finishing in third place.

Zanashia Turner also qualified for state in a pair of events for Poplarville, finishing second in both the long jump and triple jump behind Peters.

Poplarville’s Janell Johnson will also be running at the state meet after finishing third in the 3,200 meter run.

Poplarville finished third in the girls competition with 67 points, behind South State champs McComb (92) and Mendenhall (88).

• Only a pair of Poplarville boys qualified for the overall state meet, but both Austin Rancatore and Anthony Martin had big days Saturday.

Rancatore threw the discus 133’ 11” to take first place in that event. Martin qualified for the state in a pair of events, finishing third in the pole vault and fourth in the high jump.

McComb also won the boys team tile with 171 points, while Florence was second with 94 points. Poplarville was 11th with 27 points.