CLINTON – The Starkville High School boys' track and field team needed a photo finish Saturday.
They got one from its 4x400-meter relay team. The relay team took first place with a time of 3:22, .04 second better than second place Station High School, Tenn.
With that win the Jackets took the Mississippi College Blue Cross Blue Shield Invitational.
"Our team did a good job improving from the week before," SHS coach Chris Barnett said. "The trophy is a representation of us winning in practice. I am constantly on my guys in practice. It shows we have been working hard."
The relay team consisted of Kamau Bostic, Damien Grady, Jacoby Smith and Jalan Catledge.
With their time it put them in the company of the U.S. Second Team National Elite.
In the 3200-meter race Alex Ross took first place with a time of 10:37. That was also a personal best for him.
"It was pretty impressive for Alex," Barnett said. "He has come a long way. He has improved eight or nine seconds in every meet."
Charlie Henderson took first place in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet six inches. Catledge placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet one inch.
Freshman A.J. Smith earned second place in the shot put with a distance of 42 feet seven inches.
In the 1600-meter race Bostic came in second with a time of 4:38 and was followed by Grady with a time of 4:41 for third place.
In the 800-meter race Bostic took first and Grady took second with times of 1:58 and 2:01 respectively.
In the 200-meter dash Gabe Myles took sixth place with a time of 22.89.
For the girls team Kate Mattox was the only first place finish. She took the 3200-meter race with a time of 11:35.
Mary Elizabeth Stringer took second place in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:33. Emily Woomer earned fifth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02. In the 100-meter hurdles Haley Jenkins took sixth place.
The 4x800 meter relay team earned second place with a time of 10:32. Stringer, Mattox, Walker Mattox and Carys Snyder made up the team.
Both team will be back in action Friday when they travel to Pearl High School. Some of the top teams in the state will be competing.