SHS to host district track meet

Staff Writer

It will be a historic afternoon for Starkville High School when the school hosts a district track meet for the first time Thursday.
SHS track coach Caroline Woomer and her family know a little bit about the school's past in track and none remember a time when the Yellowjackets hosted a postseason meet on campus.
"My parents graduated from here and I've asked my aunts and uncles and they said they never had a track to host, so I don't think we've ever held district at Starkville High School," Woomer said. "They've had some things out at Mississippi State, but never at Starkville High School, so we're pretty excited to be making a historical moment for us."
The Class 6A, Region 3 meet will begin at SHS Thursday with the field events at 11:30 a.m. The girls long jump will begin the action followed by the boys long jump. The boys and girls high jump, girls and boys shot put, boys and girls discus and the girls and boys pole vault will also be contested.
As far as the running events, the 4x800 relay will take place at 12:30 p.m. with the girls first and then the boys.
The rest of the running events start at 1:30 p.m. The order will be girls 100-meter hurdles, boys 110-meter high hurdles, 100-meter dash, 4x200 meter relay, 1600-meter run, 4x100 meter relay, 400-meter dash, girls 30-meter low hurdles, boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles, 800-meter run, 200-meter dash, 3200-meter run and 4x400 meter relay.
Earlier this season Starkville hosted an invitational meet and even though it had to move up one day to beat the weather, Woomer was pleased with the response.
"We anticipated bad weather the next day so we bumped it up, so we didn't have the number of teams that we anticipated, but it was really fun for the kids," Woomer said.
Woomer was thankful for the help and support from volunteers, including assistant superintendent Dr. Toriano Holloway, Eddie Myles and athletic director Milton Smith on the long jump and triple jump crew and to David Baggett for his assistance.