Saturday, the Lady Jags, under the leadership of Coach Heath Dudley, won the 2A state meet in Pearl by a significant margin over Amite County, North Forrest, and West Bolivar. This is their sixth state championship in seven years.
The boys’ team finished second in the state, also delivering an outstanding performance in the meet.
As the community cheered on the ongoing success of the Jags, one fan referred to the Jaguars’ track and field team as a dynasty, and I agree, as the program has dominated the state for nearly a decade. However, the Jaguars’ track and field winning tradition is long-standing – reaching back for more than 40 years.
This year, the Lady Jags were not the favorites going into the state meet. In my opinion, one should never underestimate the Jags as they defend their title year after year. As the overflowing trophy case proves, the probability of them succeeding is astounding.
I find it interesting that J.Z. George High School does not have its own track. Instead the team practices on the streets of North Carrollton – pushing themselves throughout the season to do their best at every meet.
I think everyone could learn something about winning from the Jaguars. Winning is not determined by fancy facilities and expensive equipment, and even those holding a state championship title cannot take success for granted.
Winning comes through the willingness and commitment to put in the hours of practice. It is about nurturing those natural talents and only accepting the best effort in achieving a goal. Most importantly, winning is about never settling for less.
Great job, Jags! I so proud of everything you have accomplished, and I look forward to cheering you on next season.