KCHS boys team wins Division 5-2A track title
Kemper County boys won the Division 5-2A track meet at Velma Jackson last Friday and the girls finished third.
“Under the weather conditions, I was pleased with the meet. The weather conditions were horrible,” said Keith Cole, head coach for the boys and girls teams.
Temperatures were in the 50s, but gusty winds made it seem a lot colder. Runners had to run into the wind down the stretch of races.
Kemper County boys won eight events and finished with 120 points, four more than Velma Jackson. Newton had 98 points, Nanih Waiya 9 and Philadelphia 3.
Newton won the girls meet with 132 points, followed by Velma Jackson with 81, Kemper County 60, Nanih Waiya 34 and Philadelphia 20. Kemper County won six events.
Cole said freshman Anthony Reed had a standout performance for Kemper County. He won the boys 3200 by more than a minute with a time of 12:28.53, was third in the 1600 and third in the high jump. “I was proud of him. He was a bright spot because he has been up and down.”
Other Kemper County boys winners were Jamari Scott in the 200 (22.92), Sha'kenye Darden in the 800 (2:12.92), William Brown in the 1600 (5:35.43), Devin Bourrage in the shot out (34-11) and the 800, 1600 and 3200 relay teams.
Scott was joined on the 800 by Aaron Steele, Alex Roberts and Ezekial Smoot. 1600 runners were Sha'kenye Darden, Smoot, Steele and Semaji Ray. For the 3200, which finished more than two minutes ahead of second place Newton, it was Sha'kanye Darden, his twin brother Sha'Kenye Darden, Benquez Winston and Brown.
For Kemper County girls, Bry'Nesha Bourrage was a double winner in the 200 (26.61) and 400 (1:01.25. Kaylan Clayton won the 100 (13.27), Destiny Boyd the 800 (3:00.53) and 800 and 1600 relays took first.
Bry'Nesha Bourrage, Clayton, Jashunti Bourrage and Zariyah Moss were the runners on both winning relays.
The top four in each event qualified for the Region 3-2A meet that will be held Thursday at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Ridgeland.
Other Kemper County boys who qualified: Steele second in 200 and third in the 100, Smoot second in 400, Sha’kanye Darden, second in 800, Alfred Love second in 1600, Roberts third in 200, Winston third in 800, Tyler Grace fourth in the 100, Ray fourth in the 400, Toddrick Rush fourth in the 300 hurdles and Cam Butler fourth in the long jump. The 400 relay team of Steele, Grace, Butler and Scott was second.
For girls Moss was second in the 400.
Despite the success of the relay teams, Cole said the runners need to execute better and will be working on handoffs.
Top four in each event at St. Andrew's will qualify for the 2A South State meet April 23 at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood. The 2A state meet will be April 29 at Pearl High School.
Kemper County boys were 10th and girls 11th at last year's 3A meet before dropping down to 2A this year.