MERIDIAN – From top to bottom, the Starkville High cross country team dominated Saturday at Northeast Lauderdale High School in Meridian.
The varsity girls team placed first overall, paced by Walker Mattox's individual win. Anna Jackson came in third, Megan Wolf was seventh, Ashley Albritton ended up 12th, as Sabrina Moore and Meg Giesemann rounded out the SHS field, finishing 16th and 21st respectively.
"This is one of the hardest working girls teams I have ever had," said Starkville head coach Caroline Woomer.
Placing second overall, the varsity boys were led by Kamau Bostic, who won the race with a time of 17:11. Right on Bostic's heels came Joseph MacGown, who finished in 17:19.
Aaron Remotique came in 13th, Davis Josey was 15th, and Damien Grady was 16th.
"They pushed themselves, and pushed each other, not being satisfied with anything less than their best," said Woomer of the varsity boys.
In junior varsity action, the Yellowjacket boys put up a perfect score, taking the top nine places in the event. Jonnel Ward won with a time of 19:03, followed by Nathan Gaudin at 19:44, Jack Bryan at 20:09, Alex Ross at 20:11, and Stuart Woomer at 20:48.
"The JV boys really showed out," said Woomer. "They cut their time down significantly."
Megan Moorhead and Katie Wood each ran in the junior varsity girls race, with Moorhead placing 13th and Wood placing 20th.
Both middle school teams also brought home first place trophies for Starkville.
Christian Kingery, Daniel Ruff, Luke Josey, Marshall Adair, Jared Ousley, Ben Mackin, Issaac Jackson, and Jacob Wood each finished in that order for Starkville.
Kathryn Stringer led the middle school girls, followed by Avery Cohen, Catherine Buffington, and Nicole Johnson.
Starkville continues its season this Saturday with the Mississippi College meet at Choctaw Trails.
The Jackets will host their first cross country meet on October 23 at the Mississippi Horse Park.