Lady Flashes rack up seven medals and finish third

Published 12:23 am Sunday, May 7, 2017

FLOWOOD — With a thin roster, St. Aloysius’ girls’ track team was never a serious threat to join its boys squad as Class AAA team champions Saturday at the state meet at Jackson Prep.

They sure tried, though.

Dede Apenyo won the Class AAA championship in the 400 meter dash, and the Lady Flashes medaled in seven of the eight events in which they were entered to finish third in the team standings.

St. Al totaled 60 points, trailing only runner-up Bayou Academy (66 points) and runaway winner Silliman Institute (130 points).

Apenyo finished second in the 100 and 200 meters, and edged Bayou’s Sydney Davis by .07 seconds to win the 400.

Distance runner Madelyn Polk picked up three silver medals in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and Natalie Burke won a bronze in the triple jump on Friday when the field events were contested.

The only event the Lady Flashes didn’t medal in was the meet-closing 4×400 meter relay. The team of Burke, Mary Ranager, Ann Elizabeth Farthing and Cati Mathews finished fifth, with a time of 4 minutes, 27.50 seconds. Bayou Academy won the race in 4:17.92 to propel it past St. Al in the final team standings.

In the Class AA girls’ meet, Tallulah Academy finished 12th in the team standings with 11 points.
Alana Florice finished second in the high jump for the team’s best finish.

Porters Chapel Academy’s Shelby Barwick finished seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 200 meters.

Tallulah Academy’s boys’ team did well in the Class AA meet, totaling 72 points to finish third.

Joshua Collins won the state championship in the 110 meter hurdles and was second in the pole vault. Logan Tullos placed third in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, and Parker Kivett was second in the 1,600 meter run and third in the 3,200 meters.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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