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DeSoto Central's Matthew Burris takes his approach in the boys' pole vault event during the recent DeSoto County high school track and field meet. Burris won the 6A district title on Monday, April 9 in the meet held at Center Hill High School. 

At Monday’s MHSAA 5A and 6A district track and field meet held at Center Hill High School, Olive Branch and DeSoto Central took the boys’ team championships and Southaven and Center Hill were the girls’ team winners.

DeSoto Central won the boys’ 6A-2 district championship with 85 points to Southaven’s 78 points for second place. Hernando (47 points) was third and Horn Lake (46 points) finished fourth.

Olive Branch outpointed Lewisburg for the 5A-2 district boys’ crown 90-71 with third place Center Hill one point behind at 70. Lake Cormorant was fourth with 29 points.

In the girls’ division, Southaven scored a 119-92 victory over DeSoto Central for the 6A-2 district team title with Hernando third with 41 points and Horn Lake finished with two points.

Center Hill girls won its eighth straight 5A district girls’ championship with 175 points to Olive Branch with 55. Lake Cormorant (12 points) and Lewisburg (6 points) also took part.

All teams advanced to regional meets, with the 5A regionals to be contested at Center Hill on April 21. The 6A meet will be run at Oxford.

Highlights from the meet on Monday included a 1-2-3 finish by Center Hill in the 5A girls’ 100-meter hurdles, led by Camaryn McClelland’s 14.83 second finals time. Valerie Daily was second and Jazmine Riley took third.

McClelland led another 1-2-3 Center Hill finish in the girls’ 5A 300-meter hurdles with a finals time of 47.46 seconds. Daily was second and Riley took third.

The Lady Mustangs also took a 1-2-3 finish home in the girls’ 5A 1,600-meter run, led by Abigail Penfield’s 5:59.62 finals time. Bobbi Johnson was second and Chynna Lee took third.

In the 5A girls’ 800-meter run, Penfield paced a 1-2-3 Center Hill outcome with a 2:46.22 finals time, followed by Lee and Sarah Miller, in that order.

Johnson won the 5A girls’ 3,200-meter run in a finals time of 13:19.14, ahead of teammates Penfield and Miller.

Center Hill had the top three high jumpers in 5A, led by Camryn Terrell at 4-feet, 8-inches. Sarah Hissing was second and Georgia Ray took third.

Jessica Gibson of Center Hill took the girls’ pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches, ahead of teammates Jamryn Graham and Landon Bello.

In 6A, Southaven took home a 1-2-3 finish in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles led by Leniyia Govan at 50.01 seconds in the finals. Kelaiah Williams and Olivia Powers finished second and third, respectively.

DeSoto Central had a top-three finish in the girls’ pole vault, where Samantha Vo won with a leap of 7-feet, 6-inches, followed by Amy Walker and Lauren Berry.

The Jaguars were also the top three finishers in the boys’ 6A pole vault, led by Matthew Burrus at 10-feet, 6-inches. Blake Marsee was second and Benedek Szabo took third.

One event was not held Monday. The 4x400 meter relay was not held due to darkness. Districts in 2A and 3A also held their meets on the Center Hill track Monday at the same time as the 5A and 6A districts.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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