Hugh Long winds down career with FCA; CCHS to compete in 3A meet

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

When the Panthers of French Camp Academy took the track at Pearl High School for the MHSAA Class 1A State Championship Meet on Monday it marked the end to the storied career of Hugh Long, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
Long has coached FCA for the past 43 years and has led the Panthers to several MHSAA track and cross-country championships.
The Panthers of FCA were set to compete in five events in the 1A portion of the meet, while Choctaw County High School had five athletes set to take part in the 3A meet that was also set for Pearl High School on Monday. The results were not available by press deadline for this week’s issue, but full coverage will be in next week’s Choctaw Plaindealer.
Representing FCA was Chelsey McDaniel in both the girls 400 meters and the pole vault. She finished second in both events in the 1A South State meet. Abigail Holiman was set to compete in the girls 3200 meters, with Catherine Bell running the the girls 800 meters. The boys 4×400 relay team also qualified.
Choctaw County High School’s D.J. Riley was set to run in the boys 800 meters, while Willie Miller was set to compete in the boys discus; Jamarcus Bradley in the boys long jump; Shanice Cook in the girls 100 meters and Qenjada Weeks in the girls 400 meters. Riley took first in the boys 800 meters in the 3A South State Meet.