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Thursday

MCC Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles entered its match with Pearl River Community College Wednesday night at C.D. Smith Field knowing it had an opportunity to clinch a spot in the MACJC State Playoffs. The Lady Eagles not only clinched a spot in the postseason, but did it in dramatic fashion.

MCC scored a second half goal and held on despite a furious effort by PRCC to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory.

The win for MCC moved its overall record to 7-7-1 and 5-3 in South Division play. The Lady Eagles still have their sights set on earning home field for the quarterfinals of the MACJC State Playoffs. MCC will need a pair of wins to conclude the season to earn home field for the quarterfinal round of the playoffs which is set for October 28.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast Friday afternoon for a 4:30 match and will finish the 2014 regular season against Southwest Mississippi next Wednesday (October 22) at 5 p.m.

MCC defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast earlier this season 4-0 and also earned a shutout over Southwest by a final of 3-0.

Pearl River took a very early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, but the Lady Eagles would bounce back to tie the game later in the half. Former Clarkdale standout Kayla Phillips would score the goal on a assist by Tori Riebock to tie the game at 1-1.

MCC would the score the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute to secure the 2-1 win. Ashley Watts would do the honors for the Lady Eagles by scoring the eventual game winner on an assist by Danielle Shows.

The MCC men were also action Wednesday night against Pearl River and dropped a tough 4-1 decision at the hands of the Wildcats. The Eagles will also return to action Friday on the road at Mississippi Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. and conclude the 2014 regular season next Wednesday (October 22) against Southwest Mississippi at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday

MCC Track Announces 2015 Schedule




From School Reports

Meridian, MS – The Meridian Community College track and field team announced its 2015 indoor and outdoor schedule.  MCC’s program returns this spring with trips to some of the top collegiate meets in the country, along with hosting a home meet.

“I am excited about this team and what this schedule allows us to accomplish,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “I wanted to give this team the opportunity to showcase their abilities each week against quality competition, but at the same time prepare us for our National Championships.”

MCC will kick off the 2015 indoor track season on Dec. 5 at the Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, AL.

“The Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker meet, is a great meet for our team to get their feet wet, and to really get comfortable at competing against college programs, and see where we are in our training from the fall,” Gayden said.

After the holiday break, MCC will begin the heart of their indoor schedule with three trips to the state of Alabama starting with the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17 at the Birmingham CrossPlex followed by the UAB Invitational Jan. 23-24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex and the Samford Invitational Feb. 14 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

“Having the Birmingham CrossPlex only two hours away is a great benefit for our program.  It is one of the premier indoor facilities in the country,” said Gayden.  “When we come back from the break we immediately compete against six teams that finished in the Top 25 at the NCAA Championships last season.”

MCC will wrap up the indoor regular season with a trip to LSU for the LSU Twilight on Feb. 20.  MCC will then compete at the NJCAA National Championships on Mar. 5-7 in Albuquerque, NM.

“Our indoor schedule sets us up to have a good deal of success,” said Gayden.  “If we can progress each week, we will be very competitive, and prepared come time for Nationals in Albuquerque.”

MCC will open their outdoor season at the Alabama Relays Mar. 19-21.  The team will then travel to Mississippi College on April 3 for the MC Twilight Invitational.  On April 11, MCC will host Coahoma Community College and Hinds Community College for the MCC Relay Invitational.

“The MCC Relay Invitational will be really exciting,” said Gayden.  “We will bring in the three other community colleges in Mississippi who compete in track and field and it really gives us an opportunity to showcase not only our program and school, but JUCO track and field in Mississippi.”

Following the home meet, MCC will travel to one of the top meets in the country at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 18.  MCC will then travel to the Southern Miss Invitational on April 25.  MCC wraps up the regular season with a trip to Starkville for the Jace Lacoste Invitational hosted by Mississippi State on May 3.  Following the regular season MCC will compete at the NJCAA National Championships in Hutchinson, KS on May 14-16.

“This schedule really provides us with great competition, both indoors and outdoors,” said Gayden.  “Anytime you can go to places like Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Auburn, it really speaks volumes about what those programs think of you.  I believe going to venues like that will help us prepare at a very high level for the championship parts of our season.”

Monday

MCC Cross Country Posts Another Top Finish



Cleveland, MS – The Meridian Community College Cross Country Team returned to action Saturday with the men placing in the Top 5 for the second meet in a row at the Delta State Cross Country Invitational with a 5th place finish Saturday.

The men were led by Djano Sedrick for the second week in a row.  Sedrick turned in a 9th place finish with a time of 20:42.29 on the 6k course.

MCC also had three other runners place in the Top 30 with Cristian Lopez (25th, 21:37.15), Josh Austin (26th, 21.42.22) and Tyler Warren (27th, 22:05.32).  Rounding out the team scoring was William Griffin (34th, 23:29.41)

“We ran extremely well today against some great competition,” Head Coach Chip Gayden said.  “When you finish closely behind four quality teams and are running all freshmen, it is very exciting.  We ran seven freshmen on the men’s side and only three freshmen from other schools finished ahead of our seven.  That is pretty impressive, especially with it being their first ever race over 5k.”

On the women’s side, the team was led by Esmeralda Rodriguez, who turned in a Top 20 finish placing 19th in a time of 21:15.00.  Breanna Ivey finished 41st in a time of 24:01.00. 

“This was a very competitive race for our women’s team,” Gayden said.  “ We ran extremely well in such a competitive field.  We continue to improve each meet, which is a good sign.  I look forward to seeing what we can do in two weeks at Mississippi College.”

Both teams return to action on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Watson Ford Invitational hosted by Mississippi College.

MCC Soccer Sweeps Past Southwest



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer teams returned to action last Friday with another pair of key MACJC South Division matches on the road at Southwest Mississippi Community College. MCC came away with a sweep of Southwest to keep pace in the race among the teams in the South Division with a pair of 3-0 victories.

The MCC women improved its overall record to 4-4 and 3-1 in division play, while the Eagles are currently 2-6 and 2-2 in league play. The Lady Eagles got goals from Danielle Shows in the 7th minute, Kayla Phillips in the 36th minute, and Tori Riebock in the final minutes of play. Scoring for the Eagles in its shutout victory were Evinn Watson, Chris Mallette, and Lyle Daughtrey.  

Both teams will travel to Pearl River Community College for another MACJC South Division showdown Tuesday with kick off slated at 5 and 7 p.m.

Thursday

MCC Soccer Splits Home Set With MGCCC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer teams returned to action Wednesday night in another key MACJC South Division doubleheader and were looking to continue its recent momentum.

The Lady Eagles started the night off by defeating Mississippi Gulf Coast by a final score of 4-0. MCC improved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in division play.

MCC started its scoring in the opening four minutes of play as Danielle Shows scored a goal on an sissy from Hannah Byrd to make the score 1-0. The Lady Eagles added one more goal moments later as Byrd did the honors for the green and white to make the score 2-0.

MCC carried the two-goal advantage into the second half and continued to score as Shows added her second goal of the match on another assist by Byrd to make the score 3-0. The Lady Eagles closed the game out with 24 minutes left on a goal by former Clarkdale star Kayla Phillips to make the final score 4-0.

The MCC men tried to complete the sweep of MGCCC, but fell short by a final count of 4-1.

Both teams will return to action Friday with a road trip to Southwest Mississippi Community College. The MCC men will take to the field at 2 p.m. followed by the women's at 4 p.m.