Photos by Chris ToddBalies Jones makes a first-place toss versus the other Class 4A competition in the shotput.
Jasmine Malone (right) finishes second in the 100 meter dash. She also medaled in other events.
Byhalia athletes win medals
It was a big day for Byhalia High School at the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet in Pearl.
Byhalia claimed top honors in four events – the girls 800 meter run, the girls 4x400 meter relay, the girls long jump and the boys shot put.
The Byhalia Lady Indians placed sixth overall out of 30 schools represented in the state meet on May 6.
• 800 meter run – Makayla Blessike, first, 2:29.15.
• 4x400 meter relay – Makayla Blessike, Courtnee Dukes, Annie Richmond, Jasmine Malone, first, 4:13.40.
• Long jump – Jasmine Malone, first, 16-10.25.
• 100 meter dash – Jasmine Malone, second, 12.79.
•200 meter dash – Kaniyah Holts, seventh, 27.39.
• 4x100 meter relay – Kaniyah Holts, Courtnee Dukes, Kaylon Parks, Jasmine Malone, second, 50.63.
“I’m very proud of the Lady Indians track team,” coach Natasha Tillett said. “We had a tremendous season and ended with a few state champions.
“It was very pleasing to see the ladies give all they had from start to finish. I’m especially proud of the five ladies who were able to compete and do well in the state finals.”
• Shotput, Balies Jones, first, 51-7.5.
“I’m very proud of the entire Byhalia High School boys track team,” coach Jeremy Jackson said. “This being my first year as the high school’s track coach, after serving five years as Byhalia Middle School girls track coach, I was proud to have 13 guys reach regionals, two to reach north half and one to win it all (state).
“The entire team will return next year, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish next year.”