LONG BEACH -- The 200-meter dash turned out to be the defining moment in both the Region 4-5A boys and girls track and field meets Thursday at Long Beach High School.
Long Beach's Allanah Turner and Destiny Pickens went 1-2 in the 200 dash as the Bearcats took the lead for good in winning the Region 4-5A girls championship.
Gautier's James Hudson took second in the 200 dash as the Gators regained the lead from Long Beach, then held off Hattiesburg in the final event -- the 1,600-meter relay -- to win the Region 4-5A boys title.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class 5A South State meet which will be held at Long Beach on April 30 in conjunction with the 6A South State meet.
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Long Beach led the girls with 142 points. Hattiesburg was second with 131, followed by West Harrison (105), Pascagoula (78), Gautier (48), Pearl River Central (23), Picayune (22) and Stone (2).
Gautier scored 111 points in winning the boys meet. Hattiesburg had 109 and Long Beach 105, followed by West Harrison (94), Picayune (68), Pascagoula (56), Pearl River Central (6) and Stone (2).
"I stayed focused on the finish line," Long Beach's Turner said after the pivotal 200-meter dash win in a time of 25.71 seconds. "I did my best. I am proud of my teammates. Now we are going to try to go to state and win."
Turner and Pickens also went 2-3 in the 100-meter dash, and Pickens won the 400 dash.
Other individual Long Beach winners were Samantha Steele in the pole vault (7-feet-6), Ash Osness in the 3,200-meter run (12:53.24), Anastasia Thibodeaux in the 300 hurdles (49.30), Pickens in the 400 (57.42) as well as the winning 400- and 800-meter relay teams.
"I'm very happy, we had a lot of young ladies come through tonight," Long Beach coach Olan Welch said. "It was a team effort. I don't want to leave out my 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
"The way to win South State is numbers with as many kids in as many events as possible."
The two individual double winners at the meet were Long Beach's Tim Lacey (long jump and high jump) and Hattiesburg's Jaylon Jackson (110 and 300 hurdles). Jackson won a photo finish in the 300 hurdles over West Harrison's Demarious Ray -- 41.924 seconds to 41.928 seconds.
Gautier coach Paul Purvis was proud of how his team battled to the win. Gautier won two individual events -- Percy Jackson in the triple jump (43-6 ½ inches) and Cameron Tingle in the 3200 run (11:13.59).
"It was a great meet," Purvis said. "Our kids nickeled and dimed all night long. They got great points. They fought, battled. The Long Beach kids battled and fought as well. This is region is really, really good.
"Going 1-2-3 in the triple jump was fantastic. We had a lot of kids bowed up and while some may not have qualified, they beat someone to get fifth. They were getting points. They put in a great team effort."
Region 4-5A track winning results at Long Beach
Shot put: Jarius Warren, Long Beach. 46 feet, 8 inches
Discus: Collin Laubmeier, Long Beach. 123-5
Long jump: Tim Lacey, Long Beach. 21-3 ¾
High jump: Tim Lacey, Long Beach. 6-0
Triple jump: Percy Jackson, Gautier. 43-6 ½
Pole vault: Tony Pham, Long Beach. 10- 0
3,200-meter relay: Hattiesburg. 8 minutes, 56.64 seconds
3,200-meter run: Cameron Tingle, Gautier. 11:13.59
110-meter hurdles: Jaylon Jackson, Hattiesburg. 15.75 seconds
100-meter dash: Elijah Burton, Picayune. 10.99
800-meter relay: Picayune. 1:32.39
1,600-meter run: Michael Filibeck, Long Beach. 5:04.46
400-meter relay: Pascagoula. 43.70
400-meter dash: Monte Davis, Long Beach. 52.62
300-meter intermediate hurdles: Jaylon Jackson, Hattiesburg. 41.924
800-meter run: Iven Evans, Hattiesburg. 2:12.11
200-meter dash: Josh Littles, Picayune. 22.77
1,600-meter relay: Hattiesburg. 3:35.09
Team scores: Gautier 111, Hattiesburg 109, Long Beach 105, West Harrison 94, Picayune 68, Pascagoula 56, Pearl River Central 6, Stone 2
Shot put: Treani Richardson, Pascagoula. 34 feet, 3 ½ inches
Discus: Keira Bell, Picayune. 92-4
Long jump: Alexis McBeath, Pascagoula. 17-5
High jump: Deniyah Downs, West Harrison. 5 feet.
Pole vault: Samantha Steele, Long Beach. 7 feet, 6 inches.
3,200-meter relay: Hattiesburg. 11 minutes, 17.15 seconds.
3,200-meter run: Ash Osness, Long Beach. 12:53.
100-meter low hurdles: LaMya Thomas, Hattiesburg. 16.00
100-meter dash: Hannah Emery, Pascagoula. 12.39
800-meter relay: Long Beach. 1:47.44
1,600-meter run: Tiundra Ford, Hattiesburg. 5:56.45
400-meter relay: Long Beach. 51.16
400-meter dash: Destiny Pickens, Long Beach. 57.42
300-meter low hurdles: Anastasia Thibodeaux, Long Beach. 49.30
800-meter run: Talena Jones, West Harrison. 2:35.17
200-meter dash: Allanah Turner, Long Beach. 25.71
1,600-meter relay: Pascagoula. 4:22.88
Team scores: Long Beach 142, Hattiesburg 131, West Harrison 105, Pascagoula 78, Gautier 48, Pearl River Central 23, Picayune 22, Stone