NHS tracksters prep for district

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 8, 2000

Wilkinson County’s boys and Baton Rouge High’s girls were the big winners at the Natchez High Coca-Cola Relays track meet here Friday, but Bulldog competitors showed they are more than ready for the District 7-5A Track Meet Tuesday with some outstanding performances of their own.

Natchez freshman Janice Davis kept up her impressive string of wins, taking the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

She came within a second of overtaking a runner from Wilkinson County in the 400-relays, trailing by about 10 yards she received the baton as the anchor leg.

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The Lady Bulldog relay team was without Natalie Noble, who is nursing a pulled muscle.

&uot;That was a lot to make up,&uot; Davis said. &uot;But without Natalie we just have to work harder and everybody step up

Davis, who was named MVP of the meet for the varisty girls, won the 100-dash in a time of 11.89.

&uot;I didn’t get out of the blocks well,&uot; Davis said. &uot;I used my arms and legs and a lot of techique to drive myself. I just want to be ready for district.&uot;

Jonda Ross of Natchez won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches.

&uot;I wasn’t concentrating as well as I needed to be,&uot; Ross said. &uot;It’s going to take more work and dedication.&uot;

Ross said a brisk wind that blew most of the day also made running and jumping a little more difficult.

&uot;It would knock off the bar, so you had to be careful,&uot;&160;she said.

Franklin County’s Demetrice Weathersby overtook Natchez’s Carl Butler down the stretch to give the Meadville team the win in the 400-relays.

&uot;I knew I could catch him once I got the baton,&uot;&160;Weathersby said.

Butler came back to win the 400-dash in a time of 49.61.

&uot;I was thinking about that,&uot;&160;Butler said. &uot;It gave me some motivation. My time could have been better though. It needs to be with district around the corner.&uot;

Baton Rouge High’s girls won the meet with 118 points. Natchez was second with 81, while Wilkinson County had 61 and Franklin 55.

Wilkinson County’s boys used a strong field performance to finish with 149 points, Baton Rouge was second at 123, while Natchez had 96.

Fred Townsend of Baton Rouge was MVP for the boys after winning the 100 and 200-yard dashes and competing in the relays. Townsend also won the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 9 inches.

Natchez Middle won the junior varsity meet with 90 points, followed by Franklin County with 50 and Natchez Middle with 38.

LaKendrick Green of Natchez was MVP.

Natchez’s Tanika Hill was named top performer for the JV girls as Natchez Middle won with 97 points, Franklin was second with 50, while Natchez had 38.

The district meet will be in Jackson.