By Rocky

Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger



Nanih Waiya opened its 2017 cross-country campaign last week by participating in the Okatibbee Classic near Collinsville. The event, hosted by West Lauderdale High School at the Okatibbee Lake Dam, was held Thursday and more than 200 competitors participated.

A partial Nanih Waiya squad was on hand, with junior T.J. Redhouse turning the top performance among varsity participants. Redhouse finished 20th overall in the varsity girls’ 5K competition with a time of 26 minutes, 30.3 seconds.

In the boys’ varsity 5K, Trey McMullen was the top Nanih Waiya finisher. He was 45th overall with a time of 22:08.5. Fellow freshmen John Tabor Stokes (28:10.6) and Prentiss Eaves (30:04.1) finished 99th and 105th overall, respectively.

In junior-high competition, a trio of Nanih Waiya seventh-graders had solid showings in the mixed 3200m run. Nanih Waiya’s Hayley Rogers was eighth in that race with a time of 17:42.8, Sydney Rogers was 13th with a time of 20:02.1 and Kinsley Connor was 23rd in that race with a time of 23:17.3.

Nanih Waiya will be in action again Saturday with a meet at Clarkdale, followed by the East Mississippi Cross-Country Invitational Sept. 23. This year’s cross-country team is once again coached by Courtnee Graham and also includes Scott Ferguson and Daniel Triplett.