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Wednesday

MCC Track & Field Contiunes Climb in Rankings



From School Reports



The Meridian Community College track and field program continued its climb in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) indoor poll. The MCC men jumped five stops to number ten according to the poll which was released on Wednesday, while the MCC women moved up seven positions to number 21 in the nation.



The “Most Improved” award for the biggest move of the week was split three ways between the No. 12 Pima CC men, the No. 17 Cuyahoga CC women, and the No. 21 Meridian CC women – all of whom climbed seven spots from a week ago.

Defending national champion South Plains College jumped four spots to No. 2 in the latest edition of the rankings. The USTFCCCA computers continued to project a tight, three-team race in the women’s rankings as No. 1 New Mexico JC, No. 2 Iowa Central and No. 3 Monroe all reprised their positions from a week ago.

MCC will return to action this weekend by participating in the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, AL at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Tuesday

MCC Tennis Sweeps Past Marion Military



From School Reports

Meridian Community College traveled to Marion Military Institute for a match on Monday and came away with great results.  MCC’s men knocked off the number 13 ranked team in the nation by a score of 6-3

In men’s double’s action, Jason Pimenta/Breno Goncalves hit pay dirt first with a win over Harry Foster/Andrew Wright 8-5. Walt Harrington/Sam Butler picked up a win at two doubles over Adam Blahney/Max Holloway - 9-7.  The duo was down 5-2 but fought back for the win.  Nathan Hollis/John Taylor Champion lost a close match at three doubles 8-6 against Xavier Bell/Blake McDonald.  Going into the singles matches, Meridian led 2-1.  Breno Goncalves hit pay dirt first in the singles with a big win over Harry Foster 6-3, 7-6(4). 

Jason Pimenta picked up the win over Adam Blahney 6-2, 6-2.  At three singles, Noah James fought hard but came up on the short end 7-6(5), 6-3.  Samuel Butler. A little flat after the comeback doubles match, could not get anything going at four singles; he lost to Xavier Bell 6-2, 6-4.  Walt Harrington clinched the win for the men at number six singles over Max Holloway in a tough three-setter.  After falling to Holloway the first set, Walt changed his strategy and took the win 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.  Will Irvin, who was on the court at the same time as Harrington took the first set from Ben Lee 6-4.  Lee won the second 6-4.  With pressure off as Harrington sealed the win, Irvin played a great tiebreak set to win 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.  The men are now 3-0 on the season. 

Meridian’s women picked up their second win of the season with a 7-2 win over Marion.  The women won all three doubles courts:  Paige Gibson/Shelby Zachry defeated Alex Kempf/Victoria Johnson 8-5; Jordyn Hull/Alden Hartley defeated Stella Fedela/Kaitlyn Lewis 8-4.  The three duo of Jami Daugherty/Taylor Miller won 8-0 over Brittany Everson/Jamekia Whitehead.  In single’s play, Meridian took wins on courts 3-6 with Kyra Holway at three, Jordyn Hull at four, Hayden Hill at five and Brittany Allen at six.  Meridian’s Paige Gibson lost to Stella Fedele 6-1, 6-0 on court 1.  At the two flight, Shelby Zachry fell to Alex Kempf  6-1, 7-6 (5). 

Both teams take a break this week; they will return to action February 16 against Faulkner State at 1:00 p.m.  On February 19, MCC plays host to Holmes CC at Northeast at 1:00 p.m. followed by a match on Saturday at East Central at 9:00 a.m.  Meridian’s women then host Central Alabama CC at 1:00 p.m. at Meridian.

MCC Baseball Star Named POTW



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team opened its 2016 season back on Saturday with a decisive pair of victories (13-1, 14-4) over visiting Bishop State and one player has received special recognition from his performance against the visiting Wildcats. Sophomore shortstop Jaylon Keys was named the MACJC Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon by voting members of the conference. Keys, a native of Bay Springs, led MCC at the plate with a pair of home runs in the doubleheader sweep of Bishop State.

Keys finished the two-game set by going 6-for-8 at the plate with two homers, one double, three singles, five runs scored, and three RBI’s. Keys played his high school baseball at Northeast Jones High School and has already signed a baseball scholarship to play next season for former MCC head coach Scott Berry at Southern Mississippi.

The MCC baseball team will return to action on Thursday with a road doubleheader at Wallace-Selma and then will return home this weekend to host the Rush Invitational Tournament at Scaggs Field. MCC will open play in the tournament on Saturday afternoon against Jefferson College (MO.) in doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m.

Monday

MCC Track Places 2nd at South Alabama Invitational




From School Reports

Birmingham, AL - MCC returned to the track Sunday at the Birmingham Crossplex for the South Alabama Jaguar Invitational.

MCC's men's squad posted a second place finish in the meet. One that featured over ten NCAA teams.

"Today was a good day for us as a team," said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  "I think we came out and really showed a lot of improvement and that is nice to see, headed in to the championship portion of the season." 

The men were led by their performance in the 200 meters. MCC was able to post a two, four, six performance in the event. Kendrick Smith posted a second place time of 21.42 while Devarius Turner ran 21.52 and Terrance Johnson finished 6th in 21.84. All three men qualified for the NJCAA Championships next month.

MCC didn't disappoint in the 60 meters either with a two, four finish from Chris Lewis and Cravorkian Carson. Lewis posted a time of 6.73 and Carson posted a 6.78.

In the 400 meters MCC went two, three, four in the event. Dontarian Evans qualified for the NJCAA Championships with a time of 48.60. Bryson Penton finished third in 49.58 and Marquis Adams finished 4th in 49.91.

In the distance events, MCC saw huge success in the 800 meters with Tim Hoodlebrink and Josh Austin both qualifying in 1:55.88 and 1:56.46.

In the Mile and 5,000m, Rogelio Araiza saw a great deal of success running 4:29.51 in the mile and then qualifying for the NJCAA National Championship in the 5,000m with a time of 15:56.56.

Devontre Young finished first in the high jump with a height of 2.06 meters (6'9). Young missed three attempts at 2.13 meters after already solidifying the win.

On the women's side, the day was led by Ashley Henderson as she posted a  second place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 24.45. Henderson also posted a third place finish in the 60 meters with a time of 7.61.

Jocindra Glee posted a 22nd place finish in the 400m with a time of 59.86.

Next up for MCC is the Samford Invitational next Friday and Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex.


MCC Tennis Takes Win Over Oxford Emory



From School reports

The Meridian Community College men’s tennis team took a match 6-3 over Oxford Emory today at Northeast Tennis Center in Meridian, MS with less than great circumstances.  Meridian got off to a slow start with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees, but once warmed up, they went on a roll to win a 2-1 decision in doubles.  Meridian’s Jason Pimenat/Breno Gonsalves defeated Peter Higgins/Shams Sohari 8-5. At number two doubles, Sam Butler/Walt Harrington defeated Michael Pioso/Adib Zaida 8-3. Meridian lost a close match at number three singles with John Taylor Champion/Nathan Hollis falling to Cullin McDonough/ (Jackson, MS native) Raghuvan 8-6. 

In single’s action, Breno Goncalves at number two was off the court quickly.  He took a 4-0 lead before Adib Zaida forfeited the match.  At number one singles, Jason Pimenta cruised past Peter Higgins 6-2, 6-1. At four singles, Sam Butler lost in a valiant effort to Cullin McDonough 7-6(2), 6-1.  Will Irvin of MCC fell to Shams Sohari 7-5, 7-5.  Walt Harrington clinched the match when he pulled out his singles match at flight 6 with a win over Andrew Chow 6-0, 6-4, 6-1. Noah James won his match at three singles to add a little icing on the cake. James had a slow start at three singles losing the first set 6-3, came back to win the second set 7-5 to force a tiebreak set.  James took the tiebreak 10-6 to defeat Michael Pioso.   

Meridian is 2-0 overall on the young season and 1-0 in conference play. Meridian men and women will return to action Monday when they travel to Marion Military Institute for a 12:30 p.m. match. Meridian’s women are 1-0 in conference and overall after defeating ECCC on Friday 8-1.