Above and Beyond
St. Joseph track and field dominates
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 PM
RIDGELAND - Both St. Joseph's boys and girls are headed to a divisional meet this weekend after winning at the regional level last weekend.
St. Joe’s Reilly Reeves starts the 1600 meter race at the Class 2A District Meet. Reeves successfully defended her District titles in the 1600 and 3200 meter races and added the 400 meters to become a three-time District champion.
The Bruins and Lady Bruins will hit the track at Winona High School Saturday at 3 p.m.
Another top finish will send them to the May 3 South State Final at Madison Central. Last Saturday at St. Andrew's, Madison St. Joe took home first place bragging rights in all six girls' running events, both hurdle events, both relay events and the high jump. The boys took first in five-out-of-six running events, both hurdle events, one of the three relays and both the high jump and triple jump events.
This year marks the fourth consecutive season the Bruins have taken home the Region 6-2A title and the third championship in four years for the Lady Bruins.
"We weren't real sure, coming into today, how we would set up," coach Kenner Purvis said. "We didn't have any of the official results from (Friday's) field events, but then we came out smoking hot. First, the hurdles, we won the girls' 100 hurdles and first and second in the 200... the points just started adding up."
There's a proverbial well that athletes can reach into to find that list bit of energy to complete a task.
The idea reaches across sports, whether it's the pitcher in the ninth inning who has already thrown 100 pitches looking for that last strikeout, a lead blocker who knows he has to pave the way for a crucial third-down conversion in the fourth quarter or a soccer forward who has already played 90 minutes but knows someone has to score a goal in stoppage time.
That well is especially deep with the best track and field athletes, and Reeves is no exception. She's notorious for closing strong, even if she's competing against her previous best times from past events, as she was Saturday.
"I feel like a lot of hard work has paid off for us," Reeves said Saturday. "We put in a lot of hours of practice, and that has all been worth it. Today, I competed in (three individual and two team events), and pretty much set a personal best in all of them."
Nick Bohannon, who competed in won the boys' 110 and 300 meter hurdles, the triple jump and finished second in the long jump, said there's still work to be done.
"We've got to keep preparing ourselves so we can get to state," Bohannan said. "I'll just try to tweak my technique - there's always ways you can improve - and we'll do our best to compete even better next week."
St. Joe Athletic Director Miller Todd, who always has one eye trained on defending the 2013 All-Sports Award title for 2A, said he's been very pleased with the way the teams have performed.
"I have to hand it to coach Purvis," Todd said. "We don't even have a track on campus, and gets the most out of those kids. They've done a great job and represented St. Joe well."