Pine Belt track teams projected to win state championships

Pine Belt track teams projected to win state championships

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The state track and field meet is set for this weekend at Pearl High School. A couple of Pine Belt squads are projected to take state crowns.

In Class 2A, the North Forrest girls are looking to take the next step after placing second a year ago.

"I mean we've been working hard and dedicating ourselves in what we've been doing," sophomore thrower Rosheena Ainsworth said. "That really would mean everything to us because we've been working hard day by day to what we've been doing in our events."

Sophomore sprinter Sydney Blackwell said she doesn't feel any pressure. She's looking at it as just another meet. "

"It's no pressure," Blackwell said. "You gotta just perform like every other meet. If you worked hard enough for Friday then we gonna pull out Friday. That's all to it."

Head coach Kevin Daniels said his team didn't let up following last year's performance.
"I can say that I have a group that came out ready to work this year," Daniels said. "Last year we made it to state and got runner up. This year they're determined to finish the job. So hopefully all the hard work and dedication pays off."

The Hattiesburg boys are expected to take the 5A title. This would be the first ever state championship on the boys side. The girls won in 1985, 1989 and 1990. The Lady Tigers will have a challenge with Center Hill projected to take the crown

"Well we just want to be consistent," Hattiesburg coach Charles Green said. "Continue to do the things that we've been doing and improve upon those things. Let's not make those small mistakes that can cause us to say drop a baton on a relay, .false start in a race amongst those things. Just want to be consistent and do what we've been doing all year.

"Looks like we're going to be in a battle with Long Beach and West Harrison (in the girls meet). Battling it out for second place. Right now the favorite is Center Hill out of Olive Branch. The competition as far as region and north state wise wasn't quite as stiff for them as what we've experienced coming out our region and south state."