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Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date:8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Briana Gray were the top winners in the Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run here on a warm Saturday morning.

Mendoza repeated his title with a time of 17:41 to be the Male Overall Winner. Gray, age 11, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 23:46.

The Male Masters Winner was Lee Mitchell with a 21:41. The Female Masters winner was Jackie Runnels with a 27:12.

The Male Grandmasters Male Winner was Phillip Wedgeworth with a 23:36. Pam Sumrall was the Female Grandmasters Winner with a 27:51.

Proceeds from this year’s race went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves said there were 110 participants in this year’s event, which started and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The race route went through the JCJC campus and downtown Ellisville.

Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run

Here are the results of Saturday’s Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

MALE OVERALL
George Mendoza, 17:41.
FEMALE OVERALL
Briana Gray, 23:46.
MALE MASTERS
Lee Mitchell, 21:41.
FEMALE MASTERS
Jackie Runnels, 27:12.
MALE GRANDMASTERS
Phillip Wedgeworth, 23:36.
FEMALE GRANDMASTERS
Pam Sumrall, 27:51.
MALE 12-AND-UNDER
Carter Tisdale, 33:56.
FEMALE 12-AND-UNDER
1) Addie Eddins, 27:17. 2) Maryanna Jefcoat, 29:19. 3) Brooklyn Gray, 29:30.
MALE 13-19
1) Josh Hester, 18:36. 2) Ben Robertson, 23:27. 3) Sam Houston, 24:37.
FEMALE 13-19
1) Victoria McLaurin, 28:07. 2) Britnay Gray, 36:19. 3) Kara Christian, 36:24.
FEMALE 20-29
1) Leighann Welborn, 31:35. 2) Katelyn Flowers, 31:43. 3) Lacey Manning, 32:42.
MALE 30-39
1) Josh Wooten, 21:23. 2) Phillip Buckley, 23:14. 3) Nick Roll, 27:15.
FEMALE 30-39
1) Jennifer Patterson, 24:45. 2) Kourtney Murphy, 28:47. 3) Kristen Murphy, 32:11.
MALE 40-49
1) Kevin Ray, 23:58. 2) Joe Holifield, 26:15. 3) Jonathan McRee, 31:53.
FEMALE 40-49
1) Serina Williamson, 28:49. 2) Mary Boleware, 29:40. 3) Jennifer Turner, 31:02.
MALE 50-59
1) David Dill, 24:39. 2) Jeff Priegnitz, 25:39. 3) Marcus Martin, 27:29.
FEMALE 50-59
1) Rhonda Gilbert, 28:11. 2) Becky Tew, 28:54. 3) Carmen Welborn, 45:47.
MALE 60 AND OVER
1) Tom Smith, 26:56; 2) Jim Murdock, 26:58. 3) Lanny Stutes, 31:01.
FEMALE 60 AND OVER
1) Beverly Swann, 30:23. 2) Diane Patterson, 31:56. 3) Peggy Wedgeworth, 34:01.

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Hinds CC Men’s Basketball To Host Tryout On Sept. 8
Release Date: 8/31/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Ralph Moore, head men's basketball coach at Hinds Community College, will hold a tryout for all interested players on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at J.D. Boyd Gym on the Utica Campus.

All participants will need to bring proof of a physical exam with them to the workout.

For more information please call Coach Moore at 601.885.7018 or email him at srmoore@hindsc.edu.

For more on Hinds basketball go to www.hindsccsports.com.


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Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Briana Gray were the top winners in the Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run here on a warm Saturday morning.

Mendoza repeated his title with a time of 17:41 to be the Male Overall Winner. Gray, age 11, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 23:46.

The Male Masters Winner was Lee Mitchell with a 21:41. The Female Masters winner was Jackie Runnels with a 27:12.

The Male Grandmasters Male Winner was Phillip Wedgeworth with a 23:36. Pam Sumrall was the Female Grandmasters Winner with a 27:51.

Proceeds from this year’s race went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves said there were 110 participants in this year’s event, which started and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The race route went through the JCJC campus and downtown Ellisville.

Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run

Here are the results of Saturday’s Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

MALE OVERALL
George Mendoza, 17:41.
FEMALE OVERALL
Briana Gray, 23:46.
MALE MASTERS
Lee Mitchell, 21:41.
FEMALE MASTERS
Jackie Runnels, 27:12.
MALE GRANDMASTERS
Phillip Wedgeworth, 23:36.
FEMALE GRANDMASTERS
Pam Sumrall, 27:51.
MALE 12-AND-UNDER
Carter Tisdale, 33:56.
FEMALE 12-AND-UNDER
1) Addie Eddins, 27:17. 2) Maryanna Jefcoat, 29:19. 3) Brooklyn Gray, 29:30.
MALE 13-19
1) Josh Hester, 18:36. 2) Ben Robertson, 23:27. 3) Sam Houston, 24:37.
FEMALE 13-19
1) Victoria McLaurin, 28:07. 2) Britnay Gray, 36:19. 3) Kara Christian, 36:24.
FEMALE 20-29
1) Leighann Welborn, 31:35. 2) Katelyn Flowers, 31:43. 3) Lacey Manning, 32:42.
MALE 30-39
1) Josh Wooten, 21:23. 2) Phillip Buckley, 23:14. 3) Nick Roll, 27:15.
FEMALE 30-39
1) Jennifer Patterson, 24:45. 2) Kourtney Murphy, 28:47. 3) Kristen Murphy, 32:11.
MALE 40-49
1) Kevin Ray, 23:58. 2) Joe Holifield, 26:15. 3) Jonathan McRee, 31:53.
FEMALE 40-49
1) Serina Williamson, 28:49. 2) Mary Boleware, 29:40. 3) Jennifer Turner, 31:02.
MALE 50-59
1) David Dill, 24:39. 2) Jeff Priegnitz, 25:39. 3) Marcus Martin, 27:29.
FEMALE 50-59
1) Rhonda Gilbert, 28:11. 2) Becky Tew, 28:54. 3) Carmen Welborn, 45:47.
MALE 60 AND OVER
1) Tom Smith, 26:56; 2) Jim Murdock, 26:58. 3) Lanny Stutes, 31:01.
FEMALE 60 AND OVER
1) Beverly Swann, 30:23. 2) Diane Patterson, 31:56. 3) Peggy Wedgeworth, 34:01.

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GAME RECAP: ICC Outlasted By No. 7 Co-Lin In Season Opener
Release Date: 8/31/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - The Itawamba Community College football program kicked off the 2015 season with a tall task, hosting No. 7 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday night. The Indians held their own against the nationally ranked Wolves, but came up just short falling, 26-14.

After falling behind 10-0, the Indians (0-1) answered with two quick touchdowns before the break. Sophomore quarterback Kwadra Griggs (Greenwood), who finished 18-41 for 128 yards, connected with Dominic Walker (Orlando, FL) on a fade route in the back corner of the endzone from 11 yards out. Zach Ellis (Tupelo) nailed the point after, pulling the Indians within three with a little more than three minutes left in the half.

The Indian defense forced the Wolves off the field quick after a big sack by sophomore Quindarius Thagard (Luverne, AL) and a big third down stop lead by a hard hit from Eric Hunt (Macon). The Wolves were unable to get any help from their special teams as the punt traveled a short distance to give the Indians the ball at the Wolves’ 29 yard line.

The Indians wasted little time in taking advantage of the great field position as Griggs hit Dorian Gaston (Ripley) from 23 yard out. Ellis added the extra point to give the Indians a 14-10 lead with a little over a minute left in the half.

Co-Lin pulled a play out the old school trick bag at the end of the half by running the “hook and lateral.” The Wolves executed the play to perfection, but sophomore defensive back Kendarius Hibbler (Tunica) made a touchdown saving tackle deep in the red zone as time expired to preserve the Indians 14-10 lead.

On the first drive of the second half, the Indian defense made another big play, forcing a turnover as Hunt, who finished with a team high 9 tackles, knocked the ball lose and scooped up the recovery.

The offense struggled in the third quarter, but the defense, who only allowed 358 total yards, gave Co-Lin fits holding them to a field goal to retain a slim 14-13.

In the final quarter, the defense held Co-Lin to another field goal to keep the Indians within one score, but a late interception deep in Indians territory led to a touchdown to allow the Wolves to escape with a 26-14 win.

Next week’s task will not be any easier for the Indians as they host other nationally ranked opponent in No. 19 Jones County Junior College. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Fulton Thursday night.

For more information on ICC football and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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NORTHEAST SEEKS FRESH TALENT WITH OPEN GOLF TRYOUT
Release Date: 8/30/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s golf program is looking for a new batch of talent to extend its prosperity on the links during the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

The Tigers are slated to welcome area athletes for an open tryout on Friday, September 4. A 10 a.m. start time is scheduled for the Booneville Golf and Country Club, which serves as Northeast’s home course.

Registration takes place at 9:45 a.m. at the clubhouse. All entries must bring documentation of a current physical examination and sign a liability release in order to partake in the session.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to professional attire, a full set of clubs, golf balls, tees and a bag to carry the gear.

Players should expect a professional tryout format. Those in attendance have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and showcase their skills by completing each of Booneville’s nine holes.

Members from the Tigers’ most recent team that finished among the top five at two of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) tour stops will assist with this audition.

This tryout is only for prospective student-athletes that have not signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with another institution of higher learning.

Booneville Golf and Country Club was founded in 1958 and is a private course that challenges competitors with water hazards, sand traps and multiple tree lines. It measures 3,253 yards from the longest tees and features a total par of 36.

The Tigers have evolved into a tradition-rich squad since their inception in the early 1990s. Northeast has won a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 championships while 12 others have qualified as individuals for the NJCAA National Tournament.

For more information about tryouts for the Northeast golf team, contact head coach Mark Hatfield at 662-720-7270 or by email at mahatfield@nemcc.edu.


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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


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ICC Opens Soccer Season With Road Split
Release Date: 8/31/2015
Itawamba Community College

MERIDIAN, MS – After having their season opener rained out, the Itawamba Community College soccer programs finally kicked off the 2015 season last week with the Indians picking up a 3-0 win over Meridian Community College and the Lady Indians being hit with the tough luck 4-0 loss.

The Indians (1-0) had to shake off the first game nerves with seven starters playing in their first colligate game. Sophomore’s Graves Marshall (Corinth) and Blake Lashlee (Olive Branch) helped knocked those nerves out by teaming up for the game’s first goal at the thirteenth minute after Lashlee raced down the sideline and found Marshall who drove it home.

Early in the second half, the freshman took their turn has Zach Ellis (Tupelo) connected with Bennett Mills (Corinth), who found the back of the net from the outside to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Will Bevill (Chelsea, AL) scored the Indians final goal off an assist from Marshall at the fifty fourth minute.

The Indians controlled possession for most of the contest and held the Eagles to only three shots on goal. However, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick late in the second half, but freshman keeper Keaton Halbert (Tupelo) made the huge save to preserve the shutout and give the Indians the 3-0 victory.

In the first game under new head coach David Strother, the Lady Indians (0-1) attacked early and often, but the ball wasn’t bouncing their way against the Lady Eagles. The Lady Indians put together 15 shots while holding the Lady Eagles to only eight. Four of those shots found the back of the net for the home team to give the Lady Eagles the 4-0 win.

Both squads will be on the road again this week as the Indians travel to Jones County and the Lady Indians head north to take on the Bryan College JV team. Both games are schedule for Wednesday with the Lady Indians starting at 5:00 and the Indians at 6:00.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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ICC Opens Soccer Season With Road Split
Release Date: 8/31/2015
Itawamba Community College

MERIDIAN, MS – After having their season opener rained out, the Itawamba Community College soccer programs finally kicked off the 2015 season last week with the Indians picking up a 3-0 win over Meridian Community College and the Lady Indians being hit with the tough luck 4-0 loss.

The Indians (1-0) had to shake off the first game nerves with seven starters playing in their first colligate game. Sophomore’s Graves Marshall (Corinth) and Blake Lashlee (Olive Branch) helped knocked those nerves out by teaming up for the game’s first goal at the thirteenth minute after Lashlee raced down the sideline and found Marshall who drove it home.

Early in the second half, the freshman took their turn has Zach Ellis (Tupelo) connected with Bennett Mills (Corinth), who found the back of the net from the outside to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Will Bevill (Chelsea, AL) scored the Indians final goal off an assist from Marshall at the fifty fourth minute.

The Indians controlled possession for most of the contest and held the Eagles to only three shots on goal. However, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick late in the second half, but freshman keeper Keaton Halbert (Tupelo) made the huge save to preserve the shutout and give the Indians the 3-0 victory.

In the first game under new head coach David Strother, the Lady Indians (0-1) attacked early and often, but the ball wasn’t bouncing their way against the Lady Eagles. The Lady Indians put together 15 shots while holding the Lady Eagles to only eight. Four of those shots found the back of the net for the home team to give the Lady Eagles the 4-0 win.

Both squads will be on the road again this week as the Indians travel to Jones County and the Lady Indians head north to take on the Bryan College JV team. Both games are schedule for Wednesday with the Lady Indians starting at 5:00 and the Indians at 6:00.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Briana Gray were the top winners in the Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run here on a warm Saturday morning.

Mendoza repeated his title with a time of 17:41 to be the Male Overall Winner. Gray, age 11, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 23:46.

The Male Masters Winner was Lee Mitchell with a 21:41. The Female Masters winner was Jackie Runnels with a 27:12.

The Male Grandmasters Male Winner was Phillip Wedgeworth with a 23:36. Pam Sumrall was the Female Grandmasters Winner with a 27:51.

Proceeds from this year’s race went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves said there were 110 participants in this year’s event, which started and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The race route went through the JCJC campus and downtown Ellisville.

Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run

Here are the results of Saturday’s Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

MALE OVERALL
George Mendoza, 17:41.
FEMALE OVERALL
Briana Gray, 23:46.
MALE MASTERS
Lee Mitchell, 21:41.
FEMALE MASTERS
Jackie Runnels, 27:12.
MALE GRANDMASTERS
Phillip Wedgeworth, 23:36.
FEMALE GRANDMASTERS
Pam Sumrall, 27:51.
MALE 12-AND-UNDER
Carter Tisdale, 33:56.
FEMALE 12-AND-UNDER
1) Addie Eddins, 27:17. 2) Maryanna Jefcoat, 29:19. 3) Brooklyn Gray, 29:30.
MALE 13-19
1) Josh Hester, 18:36. 2) Ben Robertson, 23:27. 3) Sam Houston, 24:37.
FEMALE 13-19
1) Victoria McLaurin, 28:07. 2) Britnay Gray, 36:19. 3) Kara Christian, 36:24.
FEMALE 20-29
1) Leighann Welborn, 31:35. 2) Katelyn Flowers, 31:43. 3) Lacey Manning, 32:42.
MALE 30-39
1) Josh Wooten, 21:23. 2) Phillip Buckley, 23:14. 3) Nick Roll, 27:15.
FEMALE 30-39
1) Jennifer Patterson, 24:45. 2) Kourtney Murphy, 28:47. 3) Kristen Murphy, 32:11.
MALE 40-49
1) Kevin Ray, 23:58. 2) Joe Holifield, 26:15. 3) Jonathan McRee, 31:53.
FEMALE 40-49
1) Serina Williamson, 28:49. 2) Mary Boleware, 29:40. 3) Jennifer Turner, 31:02.
MALE 50-59
1) David Dill, 24:39. 2) Jeff Priegnitz, 25:39. 3) Marcus Martin, 27:29.
FEMALE 50-59
1) Rhonda Gilbert, 28:11. 2) Becky Tew, 28:54. 3) Carmen Welborn, 45:47.
MALE 60 AND OVER
1) Tom Smith, 26:56; 2) Jim Murdock, 26:58. 3) Lanny Stutes, 31:01.
FEMALE 60 AND OVER
1) Beverly Swann, 30:23. 2) Diane Patterson, 31:56. 3) Peggy Wedgeworth, 34:01.

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Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Briana Gray were the top winners in the Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run here on a warm Saturday morning.

Mendoza repeated his title with a time of 17:41 to be the Male Overall Winner. Gray, age 11, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 23:46.

The Male Masters Winner was Lee Mitchell with a 21:41. The Female Masters winner was Jackie Runnels with a 27:12.

The Male Grandmasters Male Winner was Phillip Wedgeworth with a 23:36. Pam Sumrall was the Female Grandmasters Winner with a 27:51.

Proceeds from this year’s race went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves said there were 110 participants in this year’s event, which started and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The race route went through the JCJC campus and downtown Ellisville.

Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run

Here are the results of Saturday’s Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

MALE OVERALL
George Mendoza, 17:41.
FEMALE OVERALL
Briana Gray, 23:46.
MALE MASTERS
Lee Mitchell, 21:41.
FEMALE MASTERS
Jackie Runnels, 27:12.
MALE GRANDMASTERS
Phillip Wedgeworth, 23:36.
FEMALE GRANDMASTERS
Pam Sumrall, 27:51.
MALE 12-AND-UNDER
Carter Tisdale, 33:56.
FEMALE 12-AND-UNDER
1) Addie Eddins, 27:17. 2) Maryanna Jefcoat, 29:19. 3) Brooklyn Gray, 29:30.
MALE 13-19
1) Josh Hester, 18:36. 2) Ben Robertson, 23:27. 3) Sam Houston, 24:37.
FEMALE 13-19
1) Victoria McLaurin, 28:07. 2) Britnay Gray, 36:19. 3) Kara Christian, 36:24.
FEMALE 20-29
1) Leighann Welborn, 31:35. 2) Katelyn Flowers, 31:43. 3) Lacey Manning, 32:42.
MALE 30-39
1) Josh Wooten, 21:23. 2) Phillip Buckley, 23:14. 3) Nick Roll, 27:15.
FEMALE 30-39
1) Jennifer Patterson, 24:45. 2) Kourtney Murphy, 28:47. 3) Kristen Murphy, 32:11.
MALE 40-49
1) Kevin Ray, 23:58. 2) Joe Holifield, 26:15. 3) Jonathan McRee, 31:53.
FEMALE 40-49
1) Serina Williamson, 28:49. 2) Mary Boleware, 29:40. 3) Jennifer Turner, 31:02.
MALE 50-59
1) David Dill, 24:39. 2) Jeff Priegnitz, 25:39. 3) Marcus Martin, 27:29.
FEMALE 50-59
1) Rhonda Gilbert, 28:11. 2) Becky Tew, 28:54. 3) Carmen Welborn, 45:47.
MALE 60 AND OVER
1) Tom Smith, 26:56; 2) Jim Murdock, 26:58. 3) Lanny Stutes, 31:01.
FEMALE 60 AND OVER
1) Beverly Swann, 30:23. 2) Diane Patterson, 31:56. 3) Peggy Wedgeworth, 34:01.

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MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Release Date: 8/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”



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MGCCC Will Hold Cheerleading Camp
Release Date: 8/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Kids attending the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Cheerleading Clinic will learn routines and get to perform at the first Bulldogs home football game.

The clinic at MGCCC’s Weathers-Wentzell Center is for children in kindergarten through fifth grad. It will be held Aug. 29, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction beginning at 9. The $30 fee includes a picture with Mac the Mascot, a T-shirt and pizza for lunch.

Parents will attend a 1 p.m. performance. The participants will be admitted free to perform the cheer, chant and dance they’ve learned at the Sept. 10 game at A.L. May Memorial Stadium when Gulf Coast entertains East Central at 7 p.m.

For more information, download the clinic brochure at mgcccbulldogs.com/cheer-camp or contact MGCCC Cheerleader Sponsor Christy Bowman at 601-928-6319.


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