Going for Gold
Owens, Taylor lead Canton to 5A track crown
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:00 PM
PEARL - Canton's girls won two of three relay events and Jamelia Owens dominated the discus and shot put events to give the Lady Tigers their first state track and field title in more than 40 years.
Canton's 4 x 200 meter relay takes the lead on the third leg of the race.
Aireanna Taylor ran the 400-meter dash in 56.76 seconds, just edging runner-up Mercedes Mattix of New Hope's 56.99.
Owens recorded a final-round discus throw of 113 feet, 1 inch - nearly 10 feet further than the next highest competitor - and a shot put throw of 39 feet, 4.5 inches - more than four feet further than the second-place throw.
Canton's final score of 94 points was 13 points higher than second-place Pearl, which hosted the state meet. In other 5A girls action, Ridgeland finished 11th.
St. Andrew's girls finished with 67 points, good enough for second place behind 3A champ Wilkinson County. Yesenia Davis' 16.06-second finish in the 100-Meter Hurdles took first place, as did her high jump of 5-feet, 3.25 inches and Caroline Gaillet's pole vault of 9 feet, 6 inches.
In 5A boys, Canton finished third with 61 points behind Vicksburg (73) and state champion Oxford (76), and Germantown finished 11th with 25 points.
In 6A, Madison Central's boys and girls teams both finished fourth with 46 and 40.5 points, respectively. Jaguar senior Ferderick Ross took first in the discus throw with a final-round 155 feet, 3 inches - a score that bested the runner-up by 12 feet, 2 inches. MC sophomore Rebecca Buteau also won the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 2 minutes and 20.5 seconds and beating Meridian sophomore Keyana Boyd by 1.33 seconds.
In 2A, St. Joseph's boys finished ninth (27), and the girls finished fifth (42). Long distance-runner Reilly Reeves won the 1600-meter run, and finished second in the 3,200-meter run. Junior Nicholas Bohannon won the 110-meter hurdles by just over one-tenth of a second, but fell to third in the 300-meter hurdles.