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MCC Cross Country Places Second At USM

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Cross Country Team returned to action Saturday with the men placing second at the Southern Miss Invitational.

The men were led with two top 10 finishers with Djano Sedrick placing 7th in a time of 17:49.40 and Cristian Lopez finishing 10th in 18:10.50.

Rounding out the men’s scoring was Tyler Warren (12th, 18:31.50), Josh Austin (13th, 18:56.30) and David Odom (16th 19:44.40). 

“I thought the men ran well today,” Head Coach Chip Gayden said. “We made improvement from our last meet.  It is just really tough to run fast times in this humidity.   We are pleased with a second place finish against quality teams.”

On the women’s side, the team was led again by Esmeralda Rodriguez with a 12th place finish in a time of 21:50.00 and Breanna Ivey finished 26th in a time of 25:38.30.

“We ran ok on the women’s side today,” Gayden said.  “I thought we were a little sluggish and never really got in a rhythm early in the race.  When you can’t do that, it makes for a tough day.”

Both teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Delta State for the Delta State Cross Country Invitational.


MCC Soccer Sweeps Past Co-Lin

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles returned to campus Wednesday evening looking to reverse its fortunes in 2014. MCC was looking for its first MACJC South Division victory of the season after dropping its division opener at Jones last Friday.

The Lady Eagles didn't disappoint as sophomore Kayla Phillips led the charge in a 10-2 win over Co-Lin in junior college soccer action Wednesday night at C.D. Smith Field.  

Phillips, the former Clarkdale standout, had a career night in the win with four goals for the green and white. Phillips scored her first goal in the opening six minutes of the contest and Danielle Shows added a goal moments later to give the Lady Eagles a 2-0 edge. Phillips notched her second goal of the match with 22 minutes remaining in the first half and Tori Becerra also collected a goal a few minutes later to give MCC a commanding 4-0 lead.

Phillips completed the hat trick for the Lady Eagle by scoring her third goal just before the end of the first half to give MCC a 5-0 lead at the break. Phillips continued her tear in the beginning minutes of the second half with her fourth goal to extend the MCC lead to 6-0.

Co-Lin scored its lone goals of the match with 30 minutes remaining and 2 minutes left in the match to avoid the shutout. MCC would continue to  score a few minutes later on a goal by Angela Manley to make the count 7-1.

MCC would add its final three scores of the match in the last 15 minutes to win running away by a final count of 10-2. Summer Stockstill, Kaytee Nelson, and Katie Valentine each scored a goal apiece down the stretch to finish the night for the Lady Eagles.

The MCC women improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the MACJC South Division, while Co-Lin dropped to 0-6 and 0-2 in league play.

The MCC women will return to action in another key South Division showdown Friday night at Pearl River beginning at 5 p.m.

The MCC men completed the sweep of Co-Lin in the late game by a final score of 3-1 and it also marked the first win of the season for the Eagles.

Co-Lin carried a 1-0 lead into the second half in what was a very physical match between the two teams, but the Eagles would respond in a big way in the second half of play. MCC cracked the scoreboard with 29 minutes remaining in the match off of a goal by Jamison McKee to tie the game at 1-1.

MCC took its first lead of the game with 9:47 remaining on a goal by Tyler Germany to make the score 2-1 in favor of the green and white. The Eagles would put the game away for good as Lyle Daughtry would score on an assist by Germany to seal the 3-1 win for MCC. 

MCC improved to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in division play, while Co-Lin fell to 1-5 and 0-2 in division action.

The MCC men will return to action Friday afternoon with a road match at Pearl River beginning at 3 p.m.


MCC Golf Opens 2014 Fall Season

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team opened the 2014 fall season this week by finishing 7th at the Wallace State Invitational held at the Cullman Golf Course in Cullman, AL.

The tournament featured several national powerhouse teams,  with six finishing last season in the top ten nationally in their respective divisions.

Meridian finished the three round tournament shooting a four over par 868. The Eagles were led by Austin Terrell who shot even par 216 (72, 75, 69) Connor Cavin ( 74, 71, 72) and Grant Renegar (70, 72, 75) were close behind with 217 (one over par). Rounding out the Eagles play were Luther Thompson II (71, 76, 75 - 222) and Clayton Gray (78, 75, 72 - 225).

Wallace State, last year’s national runner-up, won by shooting a 43 under 821. Eastern Florida State finished second followed by Darton College.

The MCC golf team will return to action on September 29-30 at the Belhaven College Blazer Invitational.


MCC Cross Country Makes Return

Clinton, MS - The Meridian Community College cross country team made its long awaited return Saturday at the MC Season Opener Saturday in Clinton.  The men turned in a 7th place finish in their debut.

On the men’s side, Cristian Lopez lead the team with a top 25 finish in the 5k race placing 25th with a time of 18:08.43.  The Eagles also had two other runners finish in the top 30 with Josh Austin placing 26th with a  time of 18:08.75 and Tyler Warren placing 30th with a time of 18:25.89.  Rounding out the scoring for the Eagles were David Odom (44th, 19:46.30) and Quindeleon Oliver (45th, 20:00.03).

“We had an off day today,” Head Coach Chip Gayden said. “We are young with 7 freshmen, and I think that showed today.  I feel like we were a little nervous and the course was a little muddy.  We will get better, it’s our first meet of the year and it’s a long season.”

On the women’s side, Esmeralda Rodriguez led the way with a top 25 finish placing 25th with a time of 17:28.47 for the 4k race.  Breanna Ivey rounded out the women’s side with a 38th place finish in a time of 19:06.15.

“I felt like our women’s group ran alright,” said Gayden.  I think they were a little nervous as well, but they will improve as the season progresses.”
The men’s and women’s teams will return to action on Sept. 13 in Hattiesburg, MS for the Southern Miss Cross Country Invitational.


MCC Soccer To Change Schedule Against ICC

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer squads will return to action Friday afternoon against Itawamba Community College at C.D. Smith Field, but there has been a slight change to the schedule for its home matches this week. The MCC men were originally scheduled to play at 4 p.m. against ICC, but the Eagles will now play their match against the Indians at 2 p.m. The MCC women will play its home match against Itawamba immediately following the conclusion of the men’s match at 4 p.m.

Both squads are looking for its first wins of the season after dropping one-goal decisions Tuesday afternoon on the road at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

MCC Soccer Falls Short To Northwest

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College  Eagles looked to capitalize on two early goals Tuesday afternoon on the road at Northwest Mississippi Community College, but the Eagles would fall just short. The Rangers would battle back from the two-goal deficit to secure a 3-2 comeback victory over MCC in men's soccer action.

Sophomore Lyle Daugherty put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the opening minutes of the match with a goal and sophomore Tyler Green would score a goal in the ninth minute of the match to give MCC a 2-0 lead. Tyler Germany would collect an assist on the goal by Green in the first half.

The Eagles would maintain the lead until the Rangers cut the lead in the 12th minute to 2-1 with both teams battling into half. Mamadou Mbaye scored the first half goal for the Rangers on an assist by Thomas King.

The Eagles surged into the second half with several good looks on goal by Germany. Late into the half the Rangers would serve a ball into the box leading to a subsequent penalty kick, evening the score 2-2. Devin Stoeger scored the PK goal for Northwest to tie the game.

The score remained tied until Wyatt Sacks from Northwest would get loose off the right side of the 18 box taking advantage of the outside back losing his footing to score the go-head goal to make the score 3-2 with five minutes left in regulation.

The Eagles had a few more opportunities to even things out but fell short as timed expired to drop the men's match to Northwest 3-2.

The Lady Eagles also dropped its second match of the year by falling to the Lady Rangers by a count of 1-0. The two teams were scoreless after one half, but Northwest would score its lone goal in the 58th minute by Abby Morales to take the one-goal win.

The Eagles and Lady Eagles will be back in action Friday at home as they play host to Itawamba Community College. The MCC women will take to the field at 2 p.m. and the men will follow at 4 p.m.