The Lady Jaguars finished with 110 points and cruised past Amite County, North Forrest and West Bolivar to win their sixth title in seven years.
Ninth year head coach Heath Dudley said it simply showed the determination of the girls and sacrifices they gave all year.
“Anytime you win a state championship, it’s a great thing -- while also winning six of the past seven says a lot for them and the young ladies that came before them,” Dudley said. “These ladies came out strong and from the get go on a mission. Their focus and intensity was at an all-time high and just took care of their business, one event after another.”
Dudley praised the day that Jazmyn House and Courtney McCoy had at the state finals. He said both House and McCoy made themselves the two leaders throughout the season.
“Jazmyn [House] got us off to a huge start with a big second place finish in the discus and an All-State performance in the 100 meter hurdles,” Dudley said.
House also won first place in the 300 hurdles, and Dudley said on Saturday she was not going to be denied.
“Courtney’s [McCoy] performance was just as impressive with two fourth place finishes in the high jump and the triple jump,” Dudley said.
McCoy placed second in the 1600 meters and won the 800 meters. Joi Meeks won her second consecutive state title in the pole vault, and Anaiya Perry placed second in the 400 meters, along with medaling with the 4x400 relay team.
“Joi [Meeks] means the world to the program, and for her to go out her senior year on top was just the icing on the cake for a special young lady,” Dudley said.
Tanareika Williams came up with a big day in the pole vault with a second place finish, and Shadesha Harris was third in the shot put. Mar'Tisha Brewer had a fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles, sixth place in the 300 hurdles, and was on the All State Mile Relay Team.
Dudley said Brittany Arnold got them off to a great start in the 4x400 helping them to a runner up finish, while senior Monae Nalls had a great third leg for us. Dudley also said Rakia Ball came through with a gutsy finish in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs.
With a second place finish in the state meet, Dudley said he couldn’t be happier with the results from the meet. With 54 points, the boys finished behind Bassfield.
This team has battled all season and deserve all the success that comes their way,” Dudley said. “Joe Russell, who placed fourth in the discus and was state runner up in the shot put, had just a great day.” Dudley said Shaquille Morris put a cap on a great season by winning first place in the shot put.
Donald Woods was third in the 3200 meter run, and Toi'Quan Duren was fourth in the 800 meter run. Javarcea Thomas had a fourth place finish in the 1600 meter run.
“These guys were huge surprises this year and have a great future ahead for both of them,” Dudley said.
For the boys, Nakeveon Hardiman had one of best days in the state. Hardiman won the state title in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, which goes along with his state cross country championship title. “All these guys came through and set themselves up for a huge year next year,” Dudley said.
Dudley also praised the work done by coaches James Gant and Demetrius Cobbins. Cobbins is a former J.Z. George athlete. Dudley said for a player to return home and win a championship only shows how lucky they were to have him.