Davis, Gibbons spur NHS clubs on at division

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

HATTIESBURG &045; The two biggest nagging hamstrings are gone for both Natchez High track squads.

Both Janice Davis and Kendrick Gibbons were slowed a bit earlier this month due to sore hamstrings, but both came out well Wednesday in the final day of the division meet.

Davis won the 400-, 200- and 100-meter dashes, while Gibbons won first in the 110 hurdles. Both were key legs on two first-place relay teams as the Lady Bulldogs won the meet and the Bulldogs placed second behind Brandon.

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&uot;They’re both better right now,&uot; NHS head coach Larry Wesley said. &uot;Tanieka (Hill) is the one with a hamstring right now. Normally when he runs a relay, they win it. The hamstring is in a lot better shape for both those kids.&uot;

Davis &045; who will sign with Stanford this morning &045; won the 400 in 56.59 seconds, the 200 in 24.97 seconds and the 100 in 11.98 seconds. Gibbons won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.24 seconds.

The boys’ 400-meter relay team of Travis Washington, Karlecio Richardson, Gibbons and Richard Blanton won it in 42.20 seconds &045; a time that’s best in the state right now. The 1,600-meter relay of Darius Edwards, Darryl Bassett, Adrian Gaylor and Gibbons won it in 3.29.60.

The second day of the meet was an encore performance for the Lady Bulldogs’ crop of eight-graders. Ke’Airra Jones finished second behind Davis in the 400 at 1:02.76, Candace Frye was fourth in the 100 in 13.39 seconds and LaColony Oliver was second in the 800 in 2:39.

&uot;I was impressed with the three eighth-graders to be honest with you,&uot; Wesley said. &uot;She (Oliver) probably could have won it. She finished a strong second, but a girl from Meridian barely beat her at the tape. Ke’Airra was running hard against Davis. I told her to slow down and pace herself, but she didn’t listen. She thought she could keep up with Davis.&uot;

Other girls’ results were Hill in fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.70 seconds, Taji Dorsey in second in the 200 in 26.47 seconds, the 400-meter relay team in first in 50.17 seconds, the 800-relay team in second in 1:46 and the mile relay team in first in 4:15.

On the boys’ side, Richardson was third in the 110 hurdles in 15.76 seconds, Edwards was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 41.12 seconds, Richard Blanton was third in the 200 in 22.85, Washington was fourth in the 200 in 23.20, Chris Tenner was third in the 800 in 2:12, Gaylor was second in the 400 in 52.64 seconds, Basset was third in the 400 in 52.93 seconds, Tenner was third in the 1,600 in 4:57 and Blanton was second in the 100 in 11.09 seconds.

The 800-relay team was second in 1:30.