Photo Gallery: Vicksburg Invitational track meet

Published 2:02 pm Friday, March 24, 2023

Warren Central’s track teams collected 20 first-place finishes Thursday to slip past their crosstown rival at its home meet.

Warren Central’s girls’ team totaled 230 points and the boys had 198 to claim both team championships at the Vicksburg Invitational at Memorial Stadium.

Vicksburg’s girls’ and boys’ teams finished with 212 and 191.5 points, respectively, after totaling 10 individual wins.

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Sophomore sprinter Adria Burrell led the way for Warren Central’s girls. She won the 100 meters in 12.47 seconds, the 200 meters in 27.02 seconds, and was on the winning 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams.

Alexis Jefferies won the 800 meters and 100 meter hurdles, while Abigail DeJesus took first in the two long-distance running events, the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Jae’la Smith took first in the high jump, as well.

The Lady Vikes also won the 4×400 and 4×800 to complete a sweep of the relays.

On the boys’ side, Trey Hall won the 100 meters in 11.29 seconds, Ashton Wright the 800 in 2:21.79, and Conner Leverette the 3,200. Combined with a sweep of the four relay events, it was enough to power the Vikings to the victory.

In the field events, junior Jonathan Henderson cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the high jump and Darius Fuller threw the discus 120 feet, 8 inches to win.

Vicksburg High finished behind Warren Central’s runners for most of the day, but racked up a number of points and wins in the field events.

Rodrianna Hall won the girls’ long jump with a leap of 16 feet, and Layla Carter the triple jump with a mark of 34 feet, 8 inches. Jelisa Tyler won both the discus and shot put.

Carter also finished first in the 300 meter hurdles, and Shaniyah Walker won the 800 meters.

Vicksburg’s boys swept the hurdles events — Koury Vample won the 110 meters and Derrick Rainey the 300 — and got two other victories from Tyler Henderson in the long jump and triple jump.

Yazoo City, Riverside and Humphreys County also competed in the meet.

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 reporters in the paper's 140-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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