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NEL's Brents, Meridian's Davidson take early wins

By Staff
OVER THE TOP Meridian High's Brittany Davidson, an eighth grader, barely misses a 4 foot, 10 inch jump at Tuesday's meet at Meridian Community College. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Jamie Sullivan / staff writer
April 17, 2002
Northeast Lauderdale's Melissa Brents won the girls 3,200 meter District 5-4A championship at Meridian Community College on Tuesday, but it still wasn't quite what she was looking for.
This was the first year for Brents to run track for NEL, but in years past, she has been known as a great cross country runner for the Lady Trojans.
Brents was one of hundreds of competitors taking part in the Class 5A and Class 4A District Track and Field meet being run at MCC. Tuesday saw the field events and the long runs being completed, as well as the preliminaries for the speed events.
The meet will conclude at MCC on Thursday.
Seven 4A and four 5A schools took part in the event, including Brandon High School, Quitman High School, Meridian High School, Wayne County High School, Mendenhall High School, West Jones High School, Northeast Lauderdale High School, Northeast Jones High School, Natchez High School, and Florence High School.
The top four finishers in each group moved on to the finals.
Ashley Clark of West Jones won the girls long jump with a distance of 16-5 1/2.
Peter Davidson and Jeremy Alford of Meridian High School finished one-two in the 3,200 meter run..
In the boys long jump, Marcus McCormick and Roderick Laphand of Quitman finished first and second in the long jump, while Marcus Brown of Northeast Lauderdale took first in the 12 pound shot put, followed by Steven Plummer of Northeast Jones.
Ashley Curry of Meridian High had a personal best in the girls shot put, as she hurled the put 36-1 1/2 to top the leader board. Marcus Crosby of West Jones won the 4A pole vault with a height of 11 feet.
Naomi Barnes of Wayne County High School, won the 5A discus with a toss of 106-3.