Ackerman well-represented in regional track meet

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Fifteen boys and twelve girls will be representing Ackerman High
School in the MHSAA Class 2A Track and Field Regionals being held at
Winona High School on Saturday.

Athletes had to qualify in the top four in their individual or relay
events held at the Region 2-2A Meet at St. Andrew’s last week in
order to qualify for the regionals.

The Ackerman boys finished second in the district with 73 points,
behind the 90 points of Madison St. Joseph. Pisgah was third at 68
points, while Williams-Sullivan scored 13.

Four Indians took home first place honors. Taboris Lee won the shot
put with a distance of 45-04.25, while Willie Miller took top spot in
the discus with a toss of 127-02. Quinton Lane’s distance of 22-04.50
was good enough to win the long jump, while Lenny Taylor’s time of
55.65 was best in the 400 meter dash. Lane also took second in the
100 meter dash.

Other Ackerman boys who finished in the top four of their event and
thus qualifying for regionals were: Paxton Sims, second in discus;
Ben Carr, fourth in 3200 meter run; Marquel Kennedy, third in 110
meter hurdles and fourth in triple jump; David Ramirez, third in 1600
meter run; K’Tre Brown, fourth in 100 meter dash and fourth in long
jump; Jamarcus Bradley, third in 400 meter dash and third in high
jump; Trent Furr, third in 300 meter hurdles; and T.Q. Brown third in
triple jump.

The 4×100 relay team of K’Tre Brown, T.Q. Brown, Jazay Davis and Furr
finished second, while the 4×400 relay team of Eli Barksdale,
Bradley, Davis and Ramirez also took second. The 4×200 relay team of
Bradley, Davis, Furr and T.C. Hatchett finished third.

A pair of AHS girls took second-place finishes, with Hayley Thomas
doing the honor in the shot put and Kayla Thomas following suit in
the discus.

Other Ackerman girls who qualified for the regionals by finishing in
the top four in district were: Peyton Hunt, fourth in the 3200 meters
and fourth in the 1600 meters; Olivia Ivy, fourth in the 800 meter
run; Taylor Tuck, fourth in the 100 meter hurdles; Madison Ray,
fourth in the 300 meter hurdles; and Shaketa Smith third in the long

The relay team of Katelyn Burney, Te’a Davis, Shimya Hearn and Paige
Hitt took fourth in the 4×200 and 4×100. The 4×400 relay squad of
Burney, Hannah Busby, Davis and Ivy took third.

Pisgah won the girls district title with a total of 113 points, while
Madison St. Joseph was second with 64 points, Ackerman third with 29
and Williams-Sullivan fourth with 21.