PEARL – Kate Mattox made the most of her two events for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets at the Class 5A State Championship track meet on Friday.
The 7th grader took first place in both the 3200-meter race and the 1600-meter race for the Lady Jackets.
"She didn't get her best time, but she pulled it out," SHS girls coach Caroline Woomer said. "She has gotten use to the competition. I am real proud of her."
The individual state titles are added to the cross country championship Mattox won back in the fall.
The Lady Jackets finished in fifth place as a team.
Mary Elizabeth Stringer took second place for SHS in the 800-meter race.
The 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Emily Woomer, Daija Williams, Taylor Rogers and Aleah Watt took second place for the Lady Jackets.
"I am looking forward to the next few years," Woomer said. "These girls know how to work."
The SHS boys' track team went into the 4x400-meter relay race with a chance for second place.
The relay team consisting of Kamau Bostic, Damien Grady, Jocoby Smith and Jalen Catledge took first place with a time of 3:23 to give the Jackets a second place finish in the Class 5A State meet.
"They have been consistent all year," SHS boys' coach Chris Barnett said. "I thought earlier in the year they would not break 3:30. It came a long way throughout the year."
The Jackets finished behind Pearl, who is coached by Barnett's father Woody.
Bostic took second place in the 800-meter and 1600-meter races. Grady took third place in both of those events.
Catledge got a personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet 7 inches. He took third place in the event.
Charlie Henderson also recorded a personal best in the pole vault. He jumped 12 feet giving himself third place.
Out of all of Barnett's relay teams, the 4x200-meter team may be the one he is most proud of.
Devin Mitchell, who was killed earlier this year, was a member of the team. Terrance McCarter, Gabe Myles, Scottie Pittman and QuVarious Robertson took sixth place with a time of 1:29. It was their second best time of the year.
"That speaks volumes to how hard our kids worked," Barnett said. "Our kids did it for Devin."