Hornets cross country win district championship
by Andy Collier
Nov 01, 2013 | 997 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The John F. Kennedy Hornets tasted success in cross country, as they won the District 3, Region 1A Boys Cross Country Meet at St. Joe High School in Greenville.

The Hornets finished with 19 points, followed by French Camp in second place with 50 points. Saint Aloysius took third (56 points), while St. Joe finished fourth (115).

John F. Kennedy head cross country coach Linda Allen was proud of the way her team has progressed over the years.

“This group has been with me for the last four years, and as a head coach I’m happy to be apart of these young men’s lives,” Allen said. “I want them to continue to work hard like they’ve been working. To beat a great team like French Camp, I was happy.”

The top three spots in the individual standings all belonged to the Hornets. Octavius Taylor finished first with a time of 18:28.31, followed by Keenon Bady in second (18:57.52) and Cedric Gardner in third (19:03.24). JFK had more runners do well as Jaylen Tillman finished fifth (19:14.01) and Deion Warren finished eighth (19:58to round out the Hornets in the top 10. The rest of the runners on the Hornets’ team were Khalil Strickland (20:10.23, 11th), Nakia O’Bryant (21:51.91, 20th) and Keivonta Coleman (23:36.65).

In the Region 3-1A girls meet, the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets finished third with 62 points, behind French Camp (16 pts.) and St. Joe (49 pts.)

Alegsha Haywood was JFK’s top runner as she ran a 20:39.45 to finish seventh. Iyesha Mays (21:53.67, 12th), Jarvis Malone (22:29.88, 13th), Latina Jones (22:49.71, 14th), Kenish Coleman (23:28.37, 16th), Jakerria Malone (24:48.39, 18th) and Frederica Haywood (25:39.70, 19th) rounded out the rest of the field for JFK.

JFK will compete in the 1A State Cross Country Meet at Choctaw Trails at Mississippi College in Clinton on Nov. 9.