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MCC Golf Captures Lou Hart Invitational

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team completed its first championship victory of the fall season by winning the Lou Hart Invitational Tournament by three strokes Tuesday afternoon at Northwood Country Club.

Meridian Community College  golfer Ty Medling won his first individual collegiate medalist and led the Eagles to the tournament victory. The Eagles shot 294 and 292 for the two-day tournament over runner-up Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by three strokes. Faulkner State Community College came in third followed by East Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, and the MCC White squad.

Sophomore Ty Medling led the way with a one under 141 (72, 69) to win his first collegiate individual title. Connor Cavin, also a sophomore, made the All-Tournament team by shooting a four over 146 (74, 72). Austin Terrell finished with a 149 (74, 75), Grant Renegar shot 151 (75, 76) and Clayton Gray shot 156 (74, 82) to round out the MCC Green team.

Meridian native Beau McMullen, playing for MCC White, had a hole in one on number 17. Beau shot 78, 81 for the tournament. Other members of the MCC White team were Luther Thompson ( 74, 80), Colby Evans (84, 77), Will Zizmann ( 82, 82) and Aaron Ricks ( 88, 84).

The Eagles return to action at Goosepond Golf Course in Scottsboro, Al  on November 1-2.


Pickering Named MACJC POTW

From School Reports

Meridian Community College goalkeeper Chanler Pickering received a distinguished honor Monday afternoon by being named the MACJC Goalkeeper of the week as voted by the sports information directors inside the conference. 

Pickering will also be eligible for the National Goalkeeper of the week after helping pace the MCC Lady Eagles to a pair of conference victories last week. 

Pickering collected 20 saves total in the two wins and finished with a high of 14 saves in a 2-1 victory over Pearl River Community College at home last Wednesday. 

MCC will conclude the 2014 regular season Wednesday night at 5 p.m. against Southwest Mississippi Community College. The Lady Eagles need a victory combined with a loss by Pearl River to clinch the second seed inside the MACJC South Division standings. The team that finishes with the second seed will host the MACJC Quarterfinal round of the playoffs at home October 28. 


MCC Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles entered its match with Pearl River Community College Wednesday night at C.D. Smith Field knowing it had an opportunity to clinch a spot in the MACJC State Playoffs. The Lady Eagles not only clinched a spot in the postseason, but did it in dramatic fashion.

MCC scored a second half goal and held on despite a furious effort by PRCC to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory.

The win for MCC moved its overall record to 7-7-1 and 5-3 in South Division play. The Lady Eagles still have their sights set on earning home field for the quarterfinals of the MACJC State Playoffs. MCC will need a pair of wins to conclude the season to earn home field for the quarterfinal round of the playoffs which is set for October 28.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast Friday afternoon for a 4:30 match and will finish the 2014 regular season against Southwest Mississippi next Wednesday (October 22) at 5 p.m.

MCC defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast earlier this season 4-0 and also earned a shutout over Southwest by a final of 3-0.

Pearl River took a very early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, but the Lady Eagles would bounce back to tie the game later in the half. Former Clarkdale standout Kayla Phillips would score the goal on a assist by Tori Riebock to tie the game at 1-1.

MCC would the score the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute to secure the 2-1 win. Ashley Watts would do the honors for the Lady Eagles by scoring the eventual game winner on an assist by Danielle Shows.

The MCC men were also action Wednesday night against Pearl River and dropped a tough 4-1 decision at the hands of the Wildcats. The Eagles will also return to action Friday on the road at Mississippi Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. and conclude the 2014 regular season next Wednesday (October 22) against Southwest Mississippi at 7 p.m. 


MCC Track Announces 2015 Schedule

From School Reports

Meridian, MS – The Meridian Community College track and field team announced its 2015 indoor and outdoor schedule.  MCC’s program returns this spring with trips to some of the top collegiate meets in the country, along with hosting a home meet.

“I am excited about this team and what this schedule allows us to accomplish,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “I wanted to give this team the opportunity to showcase their abilities each week against quality competition, but at the same time prepare us for our National Championships.”

MCC will kick off the 2015 indoor track season on Dec. 5 at the Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, AL.

“The Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker meet, is a great meet for our team to get their feet wet, and to really get comfortable at competing against college programs, and see where we are in our training from the fall,” Gayden said.

After the holiday break, MCC will begin the heart of their indoor schedule with three trips to the state of Alabama starting with the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17 at the Birmingham CrossPlex followed by the UAB Invitational Jan. 23-24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex and the Samford Invitational Feb. 14 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

“Having the Birmingham CrossPlex only two hours away is a great benefit for our program.  It is one of the premier indoor facilities in the country,” said Gayden.  “When we come back from the break we immediately compete against six teams that finished in the Top 25 at the NCAA Championships last season.”

MCC will wrap up the indoor regular season with a trip to LSU for the LSU Twilight on Feb. 20.  MCC will then compete at the NJCAA National Championships on Mar. 5-7 in Albuquerque, NM.

“Our indoor schedule sets us up to have a good deal of success,” said Gayden.  “If we can progress each week, we will be very competitive, and prepared come time for Nationals in Albuquerque.”

MCC will open their outdoor season at the Alabama Relays Mar. 19-21.  The team will then travel to Mississippi College on April 3 for the MC Twilight Invitational.  On April 11, MCC will host Coahoma Community College and Hinds Community College for the MCC Relay Invitational.

“The MCC Relay Invitational will be really exciting,” said Gayden.  “We will bring in the three other community colleges in Mississippi who compete in track and field and it really gives us an opportunity to showcase not only our program and school, but JUCO track and field in Mississippi.”

Following the home meet, MCC will travel to one of the top meets in the country at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 18.  MCC will then travel to the Southern Miss Invitational on April 25.  MCC wraps up the regular season with a trip to Starkville for the Jace Lacoste Invitational hosted by Mississippi State on May 3.  Following the regular season MCC will compete at the NJCAA National Championships in Hutchinson, KS on May 14-16.

“This schedule really provides us with great competition, both indoors and outdoors,” said Gayden.  “Anytime you can go to places like Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Auburn, it really speaks volumes about what those programs think of you.  I believe going to venues like that will help us prepare at a very high level for the championship parts of our season.”


MCC Cross Country Posts Another Top Finish

Cleveland, MS – The Meridian Community College Cross Country Team returned to action Saturday with the men placing in the Top 5 for the second meet in a row at the Delta State Cross Country Invitational with a 5th place finish Saturday.

The men were led by Djano Sedrick for the second week in a row.  Sedrick turned in a 9th place finish with a time of 20:42.29 on the 6k course.

MCC also had three other runners place in the Top 30 with Cristian Lopez (25th, 21:37.15), Josh Austin (26th, 21.42.22) and Tyler Warren (27th, 22:05.32).  Rounding out the team scoring was William Griffin (34th, 23:29.41)

“We ran extremely well today against some great competition,” Head Coach Chip Gayden said.  “When you finish closely behind four quality teams and are running all freshmen, it is very exciting.  We ran seven freshmen on the men’s side and only three freshmen from other schools finished ahead of our seven.  That is pretty impressive, especially with it being their first ever race over 5k.”

On the women’s side, the team was led by Esmeralda Rodriguez, who turned in a Top 20 finish placing 19th in a time of 21:15.00.  Breanna Ivey finished 41st in a time of 24:01.00. 

“This was a very competitive race for our women’s team,” Gayden said.  “ We ran extremely well in such a competitive field.  We continue to improve each meet, which is a good sign.  I look forward to seeing what we can do in two weeks at Mississippi College.”

Both teams return to action on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College.