Natchez hosts USA track meet
Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 16, 2001
Day one of the 2001 USA Track & Field Association invitational meet Friday at the Natchez High School Athletic Complex was a good day, despite only half of the teams showing up for the first day of the multi events.
&uot;Four teams qualified to be in the multi events,&uot; Natchez USA Track coach Henry &uot;Doc&uot; Woods said. &uot;The multi events are the first phase in the USA Track & Field Association meet. This is a preparation for the district meet.&uot;
Those four teams were the Jackson Jaguars, the New Orleans Comets, Hattiesburg and Baton Rouge, La.
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However, only the teams from Jackson and New Orleans showed up for competition. Despite that, Woods said he was not disappointed.
&uot;We knew we were going to be in for a long day,&uot; he said.
In the young women (17-18) division, the Comets’s Qualyndrea Jones was the only one to compete in that division, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 16.58 seconds; the shot put with a throw of 25 feet and nine inches; the high jump with a jump of 4’8&uot;; and the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.98 seconds. In the young men’s (17-18) division, New Orleans’s Villison Kerr went up against Jackson’s Lionel Collins in five events. Kerr won the shot put (28’10 1/2&uot;) and the 400-meter dash (50.58 seconds) while Collins won the 100-meter dash (11.20 seconds), the high jump (5’6&uot;) and the long jump (20’10&uot;).
In the youth boys (13-14) division, the Comets’s Roderick Johnson was the only one competing in that division, winning the 100-meter hurdles (20.39 seconds); the shot put (25’10 1/2&uot;); the high jump (4’3&uot;); the long jump (14’1&uot;); and the 1500-meter run (6 minutes and 54 seconds).
In the youth girls (13-14) division, the Comets’s Leah Phillips was the only one to compete in that division, winning the 100-meter hurdles (22.78 seconds); the shot put (19’3&uot;); the high jump (4′); the long jump (10’9&uot;) and the (4:32).
&uot;The kids did well,&uot; Woods said. &uot;We’re looking forward to wrapping up the multi events tomorrow (Saturday) and then starting up the track and field events.&uot;
The multi events will be from 8 a.m. to noon today, to be followed by the track and field events, which start at 12:30 p.m.