From School Reports
Meridian, MS – On Friday, Meridian Community College
returned to competing in track and field following an over 10 year absence
competing in Birmingham at the Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker.
MCC’s men’s team posted a Top 10 finish placing 8th
amongst the 14 team field that included teams from the NCAA along with posting
seven NJCAA qualifying times.
“This was a very good showing for us,” said Head Coach Chip
Gayden. “We came out and competed at a high level and held our own against some
good teams that compete in the NCAA with just a partial team traveling and not
running either relays in the meet.”
The highlight of the meet for MCC came in the 60-meters,
60-meter exhibition and 200-meters where MCC saw victories. Freshman,
Chris Lewis won the 60-meters posting a winning time of 6.74. Cravorkian
Carson posted a 3rd place finish in the event with a time of
6.95. Freshman, Kendrick Smith posted victories in both the 60-meter
exhibition and 200-meters. Smith won the 60-meter exhibition in a time of
6.77 and then posted a winning time of 21.84.
“Both sections of the 60-meters and the 200-meters were big
for us,” said Coach Gayden. “Anytime you can come in and execute what we
have done in practice and have 3 personal bests is big. We qualified for
nationals and now can just focus on improving.
MCC also saw success in the 400-meter on both the men’s and
women’s side. The men’s team was led by freshman Eric Durham posting
fourth place finish and a NJCAA qualifying time of 49.83. Freshman,
Bryson Penton turned in a fifth place finish in a time of 50.99. Jocindra
Glee led the way on the women’s side posting a NJCAA qualifying time of 59.03
and a fourth place finish.
MCC will return to the track after the holiday break on Jan.
17 at the Auburn Invitational over in Birmingham at the Birmingham Crossplex.