Kamau Bostic owns the state's fastest Class 5A time in the 800 meters at 1:58. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The Starkville Yellowjackets have two track meets left before the division meet takes place and they want to take advantage of those opportunities.
Starkville competes at Mississippi College Saturday and at Pearl the following weekend.
After a good showing at last week's Ole Miss meet, coach Chris Barnett likes what the Jackets are doing.
"We're headed in the right direction," Barnett said. "We're far from where we want to be, but we're definitely making strides to getting better.
"At the Ole Miss meet, I thought we really improved from the Mississippi State meet and made steps to getting better."
At Ole Miss, Kamau Bostic finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58, which was the fastest Class 5A time in the state this year, while Damien Grady came in fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:00 and was the second fastest Class 5A time in the state.
Bostic also captured fifth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:37, which was the fastest Class 5A time in the state this season, while Alex Ross finished the 3200 meters with a time of 10:51 and was the fastest Class 5A time in the state.
The 4x400 relay team of Bostic, Grady, Jacoby Smith and Jalan Catledge came in third with a time of 3:23. That was the fastest time ran this year from Classes A-6A of any team in the state.
"It's the fastest that team has ran (at SHS) since Tavaris Tate was here," Barnett said.
Barnett was pleased with what Bostic, Grady, Ross and the 4x400 did at Ole Miss and anticipates the sprinters performance at Mississippi College.
"As far as our sprinters, we are coming along on that aspect as well and we're looking forward to seeing what some of our kids can do this week in the 100 and 200," Barnett said. "We're still out there competing. We've got the Mississippi College meet and the Pearl meet to decide who we will carry into district in each event."
Lady Jacket long distance runner Kate Mattox continues her strong showing with a first place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:33 and a fourth place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:28.
SHS girls track coach Caroline Woomer said Kate and her sister Walker Mattox are producing in the long distance events.
"Her sister Walker is really working hard and really moving up," Woomer said. "I expect a lot out of her. She didn't even dress out until the end of the season last year. Kate and Walker are really good. My sprinters are coming along but haven't gotten there yet."
Woomer said the Lady Jackets plan to use the Mississippi College meet, like the boys, to get as many athletes prepared for the division meet.
If there's one thing Woomer has had to guard against with the Mattox sisters is using them too much.
"Walker's favorite is track and she has been begging me every meet we attend to please let her run all three distance races and I kept telling her no, so last week, we were short Mary Elizabeth (Stringer) because she was injured so I let Walker do it for the fun of it and I let Kate do it for the fun of it," Woomer said. "I won't do that again, but they did have fun."
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