Review shows NHS boys come in second at 6-5A

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2004

VICKSBURG &045; It’s been kind of a habit for the Natchez High boys to walk off with the team trophy this season and in seasons past.

The Bulldogs did the same Wednesday at the Division 6-5A meet at Vicksburg, but then came the further review. A second check through the final results had the Gators winning the meet by half a point, 87 1/2-80, instead of the initial ruling of the Bulldogs claiming the title with 88 points to Vicksburg’s 85.

Problem was, Natchez High was already on its way back home.

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&uot;They ran it through the computer and said we lost by a half a point,&uot; Natchez High head coach Larry Wesley said. &uot;They came to McDonald’s and got the trophy from us. Before I got there, they tried to pull me over. Half a point &045; give me a break. We’ll see them again. We’ve got plenty of time to deal with Vicksburg.&uot;

The recount did put a damper on both the Bulldogs’ and Lady Bulldogs’ day at the meet as both finished second in the team standings. Wesley held out regulars in the relays, including the boys’ relay teams that have been dominant this season.

The 400-meter relay team of Kedrieck Gibbons, Anthony Green, Jeremy Buckles and Jerald Shelvy won it in 44.23 seconds. The 800 relay of Buckles, Derrick McGee, Kendrel White and Shelvy finished third in 1:34.91, and the 1,600 relay team of Byron Augustine, Travis Washington, White and Gibbons finished second in 3:42.

The top four places advance to the regional meet April 24 at Hattiesburg.

&uot;We’ve got the top times in the state, and this won’t happen again,&uot; Wesley said. &uot;You have to look at your opposition and see what they have. Now we’ve seen what they have. I’ve been doing it all year by trying to mix kids in. I guarantee you next week it won’t be anything like that.

&uot;We’re exactly where we want to be as far as a track and field team. We’ll do a lot better next week, I can promise you that.&uot;

Washington and Gibbons led the Bulldogs with a couple of first-place finishes. Washington dropped his 400 time to 50.62 to win it, and Gibbons won the 110 hurdles in 13.80 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 37.99 seconds.

Gibbons also won the long jump at 23-2. Rodney Gray won the high jump at 23-2 and Montrail Shelton won the 3,200 in 11:51.56.

Other results were Green in second in the 100 in 10.95 seconds and Washington third in 11.12, Washington was second in the 200 in 22.83 seconds and McGee seventh in 24.78, White was eighth in the 400 in 58.04 seconds, Travis Green was second in the 800 in 2:14 and Augustine fourth in 2:15, Travis Green was third in the 1,600 in 4:59 and Shelton fourth in 5:37 and John Isaac was second in the 3,200 in 12:13.

Also, Shelvy was fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.93 seconds and second in the 300 hurdles in 42.05 seconds, Buckles was fourth in the high jump at 5-10, Anthony Green was sixth in the long at 20-7 and fourth in the triple jump at 40-9, Buckles was fifth in the triple at 38-11, Michael Woods was third in the shot at 42-3 and Frankie Williams was seventh in discus at 89-4.

On the girls’ side, Vicksburg won it with 107 points with Natchez High coming in second with 93. The Lady Bulldogs got eight first-place finishes with senior Tanieka Hill winning the 100 (13.03 seconds), 100 hurdles (15.64 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.28 seconds).

The 400 relay team of Hill, Candace Frye, Ke’Airra Jones and Taji Dorsey won it in 49.91 seconds, Jones won the high jump at 5-4 and the 400 in 59.69 seconds and Dorsey won the long jump at 16-4 and the triple jump at 35-03.

Other results were Frye in third in the 100 in 13.18 seconds, Dorsey in second in the 200 at 26.11 seconds and Jones third in 27.31, Whitney Thomas in third in the 400 in 1:06, Porsha Singleton in second in the 800 in 2:50.06 and Dietral Malone in fourth in 2:57.58, Singleton in third in the 1,600 in 6:23 and Malone fourth in 6:34, Verissa Chatman in third in the 3,200 in 16:51.61 and Elease Jackson in fourth in 17:11.63, Frye in third in the 100 hurdles in 17.64 and third in the 300 hurdles in 51.28 seconds.

The 800 relay team of Thomas, Kimberly Smoot, Dorsey and Frye finished third in 1:53.63, the 1,600 relay team of Singleton, Malone, Smoot and Thomas finished second in 4:48.98.

In field events, Thomas was sixth in the long jump at 13-3 and jumped 29-5 in the triple, Singleton was second in the shot at 31-2 and Whitney Houston was sixth in the shot at 26-11 and fourth in the discus at 75-0.