The Pillow Academy boys came within a mere one point of tying Simpson Academy for first place at the MAIS State 4A track meet held Saturday at Jackson Prep in Flowood.

Simpson finished with 177 team points, while the Mustangs had 176 points. Washington School was third with 143 points.

Pillow had five first-place finishes. Bobby Bennett took the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.21, while Floyd Melton IV won the 300-meter hurdles in 41.91. The 4x400 relay team of Bennett, Porter Spell, Alex Lindsey and Melton edged out Simpson’s foursome 3:42.12 to 3:42.16. Lindsey won the 400-meter dash in 54.27, and the 4x800 team of Spell, Bennett, John Hollis Tackett and Jeffery Bready had a winning time of 8:47.17.

Second-place finishers included Bryce Miller in the 100-meter dash in 11.54 seconds, and Spell in the 800-meter run in 2:11.91, the 1,600-meter run in 5:07.60 and the 3,200-meter run in 11:20.22. Christian Belk was second in the high jump in 5 feet, 6 inches, and Jaden Simcox finished the long jump in 20 feet, 11/2 inches.

Taking third in their events were Bready in the 3,200-meter run in 11:22.83, and Steele Robbins in the 110 hurdles in 18.83 seconds. Also, Lindsey was third in the 300 hurdles in 44.10, and the 4x100 relay team of Richard McQueen, Jack Reichle, Lindsey and Miller ran a time of 46.60 seconds. The 4x200 team of McQueen, Hagan Wilson, Lindsey and Melton finished third in 1:39.30.

Fourth-place finishers were Miller in the 200-meter dash in 24.06, and Bready in the 1,600 run in 5:12.51. Lindsey finished the triple jump in 37 feet, 2 inches, and Frazier Rose threw 42 feet, 9 inches in the shot put.

McQueen was sixth in the 100-meter dash in 12.12 seconds, and Wilson was fifth in the 200 dash in 24.06 seconds. Melton took seventh in the 400 dash in 1:03.03, and Jackson Hodges was fifth in the 110 hurdles in 19.1 seconds. Gavin Lessley was fifth and Grayden McCool sixth in the pole vault in 10 feet and 9 feet, 6 inches, respectively.

Also, Simcox was sixth in the high jump in 4 feet; Belk was eighth in the triple jump in 34-04.50; Noah Woodard was seventh in the shot put in 40-05 and seventh in the discus in 100-06; Miller was 10th in the long jump in 18-04.50; and Josh Moor was ninth in the discus in 98-08.

nContact Calvin Stevens at cstevens@gwcommonwealth.com.

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