PEARL -- Athletes from area schools won nine events at the MHSAA 6A/4A/2A meet Friday, including two double winners.
East Central senior Chandler Underwood was a dominant winner of the 4A boys 1600 and 3200, winning the 1,600 by more than 12 seconds and the 3,200 by almost 32 seconds, with times of 4:40.25 and 10:03.13. "It's obviously easier if you have someone to push you, but you have the clock to watch," he said.
Underwood, who won 4A cross country in the fall, added a fifth in the 800.
Poplarville junior Zanashia Turner was a repeat winner in the 4A triple jump with a leap of 38-6 and won the long jump at 17-9 3/4. The triple jump was a personal best.
"I found my comfort zone and prayed hard before the jump," she said.
Pass Christian senior Regen McGee won the 4A 3200 (12:03.44) for the sixth straight year, giving her 16 gold medals in track and cross country. She won the 1,600 the previous five years, but didn't compete in the event this year.
"I came to track late this year, halfway through the season," she said. "With A.P. testing and dual credit classes I decided to only do two events this year, 3,200 and the 4 by 400 relay."
McGee anchored the relay team to a third place finish.
Vancleave sophomore Lina May won the 1,600 in 5:30.11 after being runnerup to McGee a year ago, but was disappointed that McGee did not compete.
"She would have pushed me to a better time," May said.
May, who won 4A cross country, added a fourth in the 800.
Gulfport senior Shakim Buckley finished second to D'Iberville sophomore Christopher Hudnall in the 110 hurdles at the 6A South State, but turned the tables, edging Hudnall with a clocking of 14.69.
"I knew I had to get a good start," Buckley said. "If I could beat everyone to the first hurdle, I knew I had a good chance. I worked on my start all week."
Hudnall was also runnerup in the 300 hurdles, finishing five one-hundredth of a second behind Carlos Greer of Forest Hill in 38.99.
St. Stanislaus took the top two places in the 4A boys pole vault. Freshman Taylor Necaise and senior Michael Sandoz both cleared 11-6, but Necaise claimed gold base upon misses.
Biloxi senior Aneisha Bell was a repeat winner of the 6A shot put with a throw of 38-4 1/2.
The best team performance by a Coast school was East Central boys, tied for fifth in 4A.
The 5A/3A/1A meet will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pearl High School.