Being comfortable and familiar with your surroundings helps out in any sport.
The Starkville High School track and field team gets a home-field advantage as they host the Class 5A North Track meet at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track on the campus of Mississippi State University today.
The action starts at 10:30 a.m. with field events
"We are looking forward to hosting the (North) meet," SHS girls' coach Caroline Woomer said.
The Jackets hosted a meet there already this year, so they are familiar with the track.
"It is a great opportunity to be able to be at Mississippi State," SHS boys' coach Chris Barnett said. "The actual track itself is an extremely nice track, (and) a very nice facility. Being able for our kids to run there (and to go to the state meet, gets our kids extremely excited."
The Jackets have competed at other colleges throughout the year so it will be nothing new for the Yellowjackets.
"From the colleges we have been to have had some pretty nice tracks," Barnett said. "I think our kids are pretty accustomed to running on that type of turf based on us going to Ole Miss this year and going to Mississippi State."
There will be eight positions in each event and the top four advance to the state meet.
"Right now, it's either you show up or go home type of deal," Barnett said. "Either we are ready or not ready for (today). That's basically what it's going to boil down to."
Gabe Myles, Jalan Catledge and Kamau Bostic will be some of the Jackets to watch today.
For the Lady Jackets, Kate and Walker Mattox have been very consistent this year. Woomer is expecting that not to change today.
"They just keep doing what they do," Woomer said. "They are diligently at practice, they do everything we ask of them, they eat right and they hydrate. They really work well together and I love watching them compete. The more competitions they have, the better they do. They are looking forward to the race."
East Oktibbeha runs
at North Class A meet
The East Oktibbeha High School track team travels to Coldwater today to compete in the Class A North State meet at 10:30 a.m.
The Titans missed winning their region by three points to Ray Brooks.
"We are still doing well in the sprints when compared to everybody in the North State," East Oktibbeha coach Randy Brooks said. "We've only got one guy left in the distance, that's John Outlaw and he is the 3200-meter race."
The field events is something the Titans have struggled with in earlier years, but this year they have made a good showing.
"Jalen Peterson is doing really well in the shot put," Brooks said. "Jamarquiz Page is doing really well in the discus. Steve Bell is still in the high jump and Juwan Roberts is still in the long jump."
Renaldo Harris in the 100-meter dash and James Brown III in the 200-meter dash are two of the guys Brooks is expecting to have a good outing.
Brooks' relay teams, the 4x100-meter, 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter teams, have a good chance of taking first place.
"Should be first place winners based on our times," Brooks said.