Track is back at NHS

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2011

NATCHEZ — A year after getting its track renovated, Natchez High can officially say track is back.

The school was able to host a relay meet last year, but this afternoon’s meet at NHS marks the first formal one since 1999, before the track got too worn down to use.

“This is a big deal. It’s our first track and field meet in a long, long, long time,” NHS track coach Larry Wesley said.

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“Last year’s relay meet was just about getting a feel for the track and serving the community. Before that 10-year span, Natchez High was track and field nation, a real powerhouse.”

Cathedral, Vicksburg High School, Wilkinson County High School, Port Gibson High School and possibly Zachary High School from Zachary, La., will take part in the meet.

With today’s meet being one that’s officially scored, Wesley said it’s a big deal for the community, especially the parents of his athletes.

“Most of the parents can sit in the stands and see them come out and run,” Wesley said.

“Before this, all of our meets were on the road. Some of the parents were able to travel, but it’s easier being able to come out for a home meet. We just pray they come out and support the children and the community.”

Wesley said several athletes stood out to him during last week’s meet at West Feliciana High School. Jeremy Davis did well in the 100-meter dash, Emmanuel Griffin won the 400-meter dash and Amos James excelled in the high jump and open 400, he said.

“Overall, I saw a lot of promise in our team,” Wesley said. “We’re kind of going through a rebuilding process, mainly because a lot of the children couldn’t see what it was all about (before the track was upgraded).”

And Wesley said he’s glad the worn down track is a thing of the past for his team.

“There won’t be any more shin splints or hurt legs. Running on the sheer concrete was torture,” he said.