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Vicksburg’s Anderson wins two medals, one gold, at state meet

PEARL — Char’Davia Anderson was, quite literally, about a half-step slower than her best time in the 100 meter hurdles on Friday. Considering she needed to be about three steps faster to win a state title, she could live with it.

Anderson finished second in the 100 meter hurdles at the MHSAA Class 5A state track meet at Pearl High School. Her time of 14.80 seconds was comfortably ahead of third-place finisher Brikayla Gray of West Jones, but three-tenths of a second behind winner Ashlyn Jones of Laurel.

Jones won with a time of 14.49 seconds. Gray was third in 15.17 seconds.

“It’s not my major PR, but I feel like I did very good. I knew I had to keep up with her, and she pushed me. And I love it,” Anderson said.

It was the third trip to the state meet for Anderson, but the first time she’s medaled. She finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles last year and fourth in 2017. She was glad to finally get on the podium.

Later in Friday’s meet she was able to start a collection — she won the 300 meter hurdles.

“I usually get sixth place and now I finally got second place my senior year, last high school meet. I feel very good,” Anderson said.

Anderson led a small Vicksburg contingent into the state meet. She was the only female athlete qualified for an individual event and was part of the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays.

The 4×100 meter relay team of Anderson, Ashley Barnes, Averiana Scott and Taylor Gray finished fourth.

The 4×200 meter relay team of Barnes, Gray, Scott and Chastity McGowan finished seventh, with a time of 1 minute, 48.90 seconds. Center Hill won that event in 1:44.52.

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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