Stanislaus runner-up in state Class 4A track, Lady Pirates finish third
By Joseph W. Gex, II
May 14, 2013, 17:54
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws completed a magical year on the track on Monday, May 13th with a Class 4A state runner-up finish. SSC scored 50 points to narrowly outdistance Corinth in third with 45 points and finish behind 4A state champion Tylertown with 112 points.
The finish is the highest team finish ever at the state meet for St. Stanislaus who had previously finished third twice in 1990 and 2004.
The Rocks were coached by Dawson McCall, a 2000 SSC graduate, and DP Daigle. McCall, who previously led the Rocks to the 2012 Class 4A cross country state title, commented, “This is a testament to our boys and level of dedication they held this season and in recent seasons. Our core group has been multiple event qualifiers at the state meet previously. They have been a very tight-knit, hard-working group in cross country and that mindset carries over onto the track this season. I am very proud of their accomplishments this season.”
The Rocks were led by a core group of distance runners in Bingham Wikoff, Wyatt Scott, Gavin Gros, Tom Burcham, Bret Reinhart and Miles Burnett.
McCall continued, “We stressed mental toughness all season long and be prepared to compete against the best each day. We traveled through Louisiana, Alabama and along the coast to prepare ourselves by running against the best competition we could find. Having that expectation on a daily and weekly basis goes a long way in preparing yourself to compete at that level. Being mentally prepared and having high expectations of competing at our very best level was the recipe for our success this year.”
McCall has spent six years at SSC working with cross country, basketball and track and field. He led the Rocks to the cross country state title in November and was an assistant on the Rocks’ basketball staff when they won the Class 4A state title in 2011. And, now, he has mentored young runners to the best team finish in school history with a Class 4A state runner-up showing on the track. However, McCall will be leaving SSC following the school year.
He commented on what he envisions for SSC, “Anytime you have to leave something, professionally or personally, it makes your heart ache. However, I believe that the program is capable hands with the returning staff and volunteers that assist with the program. In a sport like track and field, you are always defined by what your strengths are that year. The program has a strong nucleus of distance runners and throwers coming up. As long as they continue to have high expectations for themselves and the team, I expect this program to compete for being one of the best in the state and in Class 4A.”
McCall ended, “This year was very special highlighted by a very special group of athletes. They got everything out of their potential this year. That is what you strive for as a coach, to get the very best out of the student-athletes. We did that this year and I am especially proud of the team for that accomplishment.”
The Rocks had several medal winners at the state championships. Scott started the day with a state title in the 3200m run as he crossed the line in 10:32.30. Burnett was sixth in 11:11.20.
Wikoff, an Ole Miss signee, was second in the 1600m run with a time of 4:46.86 followed by Burcham in third place with a time of 4:55.61.
Gros placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:03.79 followed by Reinhart in sixth place with a time of 2:07.76.
The St. Stanislaus 4x400m relay team of Gros, Reinhart, Wikoff and Nicholas Romano placed seventh with a time of 3:39.72.
Robert Simpson tied for the top height of 12’6” in the pole vault but placed second in a jump off. Evan Hotard was fifth with a height of 11’.
The Hancock Hawks had a lone participant in the Class 6A state meet also held on Monday. DJ Riley placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:03.14.
The Pass Christian Lady Pirates placed third overall in the Class 3A standings with a total of 64 points. Charleston won the team title with 88.50 points followed by Saint Andrew’s with 73 points. Our Lady Academy scored 19 points with just two participants to place 11th overall. The finish marked the third time that the Lady Pirates have finished third overall in the team standings in as many years.
Regen McGee led the Lady Pirates as a double-winner in the 3200m and 1600m runs. Her times were 11:13.52 and 5:14.99, respectively. Devin McGee won the 800m run with a time of 2:27.74.
Alexis Dedeaux placed fourth in the 100m hurdles for the Lady Pirates with a time of 16.33 and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16’6”. Janae Coleman was eighth in the long jump with a distance of 15’5” while Dominique Howard placed eighth in the high jump with a height of 4’4”.
Julia Kristman placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 85’4” while Mara Baker placed fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.98.
The Lady Pirates’ 4x200m relay team placed seventh with a time of 1:50.60 while the 4x100m relay team placed fourth in 51.53 seconds.
The 4x400m relay team placed third and earned a bronze medal with a time of 4:17.61.
The Pirates had a lone participant in the boys’ competition with Ian Story placing seventh in the 3200m run with a time of 11:40.32. The Crescents’ Nikki Reeder placed third and earned a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.29. Reeder also placed fourth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 49.01. She was out-leaned at the tape for third place which was recorded at 48.98.
Shelby McConnell placed second in the pole vault with a height of 9’6”.