Double the run

Published 12:39 am Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Natchez High’s Damion Williams lands a long jump Tuesday afternoon at Tom Williams Memorial Stadium at Natchez High. Natchez hosted its district tournament, as well as Cathedral’s Division 4-A tournament.

NATCHEZ — Local track enthusiasts had a field day Tuesday night at Tom Williams Memorial Stadium at Natchez High School.

Not one, but two district championship tournaments took place at the same time.

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Jadarius Ealy long jumps at meet.

Natchez High competed in the District 6-6A tournament, while Cathedral School competed in the Division 4-A tournament.

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It was the first time that Natchez has ever hosted a district track tournament, Natchez track coach Larry Wesley said.

“It’s real good to have the meet here. It’s been a long time since Natchez has had a meet like this,” Wesley said.

Wesley was pleased with the attendance of the meets as well, he said.

“(The meet) went great, we had a great crowd,” Wesley said. “It’s always good when you have a great crowd.”

For Cathedral’s coach Ashley Linton the location of the tournament has two advantages, she said.

“It’s very nice to have (the tournament) here. They usually don’t end until around 10 p.m., (so this way) we can get home by 10:15 p.m.,” Linton said.

Natchez High also provides an advantage for Cathedral, Linton said.

“This is where we practice, Coach Wesley has been great in letting us share the track.”

The Cathedral boys team took advantage of the home track and finished in first place Tuesday night, Linton said.

They were lead by several runners that finished in first place in their respective events.

Dylan Sandidge, Carl Hammitte, Steven Green and Blake Martin all finished first in track events.

Jadarius Ealy won the boys triple jump and Josh Callaway won the post shot put.

The Green Wave girls finished second at the meet behind South Leake.

Pepper Taylor, Ginny Daggett and Kimble Devening each won track events for the girls team.

“I was very proud of all my runners,” Linton said. “My boys really stepped up their game.”

All of the runners who placed for Cathedral on Tuesday will advance to the Regional Tourament that is April 30 at Madison Central High School, Linton said.

The Natchez girls team finished third behind Terry and Wingfield. The Natchez boys finished second behind Wingfield.

“We did very well,” Wesley said. “We had more first place (finishes) than the teams that beat us.”

All of the runners that placed for Natchez will participate in their regional tournament in Meridian, Wesley said.