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Saturday

MCC Track and Field Posts Top Finish

From School Reports 

MCC continued their hot start Saturday at the UAB Green and Gold Invite on the way to a third place finish as a team.

MCC posted five NJCAA National Championship qualifying marks. The team also posted 11 top 5 finishes during the meet.

"Anytime you can compete at that level and do well as a team is a good day," said Head Coach Chip Gayden. "We did well in the sprints and in the jumps. I was a little disappointed with our distance athletes, but I know they will bounce back."

The meet saw MCC once again put finalists in the 60 meters after Freshmen Cravorkian Carson and Chris Lewis both qualified for the finals posting times of 7.01 and 6.81 respectively.  In the finals, Carson posted a personal best of 6.85, while Lewis was disqualified after a false start. 

"We had a great day in the 60 meters. Justin Johnson barely missed the finals but hit the qualifying standard, while Cravorkian ran a PR in the finals. It's disappointing to false start with Chris, but he came out and executed real well in the prelims," said Gayden.

MCC also saw some great performances in the 200 meters and 400 meters. 

In the 200 meters Chris Lewis ran a personal best of 22.03 and improved upon his national qualifying mark from December. Freshman Terrance Johnson also qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in the event posting a personal best of 22.26. 

In the 400 meters Freshman Bryson Penton posted a personal best of 50.19. His mark barely missed the NJCAA qualifying standard of 50.00.

The 800 meters saw success for MCC as freshman Josh Austin after he won his heat and barely missing the national qualifying mark with a personal best 2:00.87.

In the field events, Freshman Josh Wilson posted a personal best of 6.95 meters in the long jump barely missing the NJCAA qualifying mark of 7.03. Freshman Devontre Young qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in the high jump with a jump of 2.00 meters. 

MCC saw their 4x400m relay team punch their ticket to the NJCAA National Championships and a third place finish after running a time of 3:21.76. 

MCC will take the next two weeks of before returning to the track on February 14 in Birmingham at the Samford Invitational.

Thursday

MCC Basketball Splits Home Set With Co-Lin



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles notched its first MACJC South Division victory of the season by holding on to defeat Co-Lin Thursday night by a final of 67-65 inside the Graham Gymnasium. The win for the Eagles moved their overall record to 7-7 and 1-5 in league play, while Co-Lin dropped to 3-12 and 1-5 inside divisional play.

Sophomore Brandon Daniels once again led the way in scoring for MCC with 18 points, while Devonte Brewster ended the game with 13 points off the bench for the Eagles. Freshman Ken’Darrius Hamilton also turned in a solid performance for the home squad with 13 points off the bench for MCC.

The MCC women didn’t find the same fortune Thursday night as Co-Lin took the victory by a final count of 82-64. Sophomore Londyn Thomas led the way in scoring for the second consecutive game with 19 points, while sophomore Miaya Crowder ended the night with 15 points. Freshman Tytianna Hall also finished the game with 15 points off the bench for the Lady Eagles. The MCC women dropped its overall record to 11-5 and 4-2 in division play, while Co-Lin improved to 15-0 and 6-0 in league play.

MCC will return to the court next Monday for a road doubleheader at Pearl River Community College beginning at 5:30.

MCC Tennis Signs Madison Central Star



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College tennis program has announced the signing of Madison Central High School star Shelby Zachry for the 2015-2016 season. Zachry will look to add strength to the top of Meridian’s lineup next season and has enjoyed an outstanding career at Madison Central. Zachry is pictured signing with MCC at a recent ceremony that was held at Madison Central High School.

Pictured left to right:  Coach Brad Boteler, Madison Central High School Tennis Coach; Shelby, and Shelby’s parents, Beth and Van Zachry. 

MCC Track Looks For Great Showing At UAB



From School Reports

MCC will return to the track Saturday at the Green and Gold Invitational hosted by UAB at the CrossPlex in Birmingham.

MCC will look to continue to build on the success they had last weekend at the Auburn Invitational.

This week MCC will travel their full squad, with the distance runners and throwers making their season debut.

“This week will be a little different then last week with us final traveling our whole squad,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “This is a good meet for our throwers and distance runners to compete at a very high level and open up their indoor season with some good competition.”

MCC will once again bring their talented sprint and jumps group back the CrossPlex, where they have seen a great deal of success.
Freshman, Chris Lewis will once again take the track in the 60 meters and the 200 meters. Lewis is looking to make it to three consecutive 60 meter finals in his first three collegiate meets and improve upon his time of 6.74 which ranks him first in the NJCAA.

Freshman Cravorkian Carson will also join Lewis in the 60 meters in hopes of getting to his second collegiate final in the 60 meters after posting a personal best last week of 6.94 at the Auburn Invitational that ranks him seventeenth in the NJCAA.

The meet will also see several Eagles make their debut in different events.  Freshman, K’lan Harris will make his debut in the 400 meters, along with Freshman Marquis Adams.   Freshman, Eric Durham will make his debut in the 200 meters after running the 400 meters the first two races of the season and posting the fastest freshman time in the country in the 400 meters.

MCC will also look to improve upon their 4x400 meter relay time from last week that currently ranks them eleventh nationally in the NJCAA.

“I really like this meet for our sprinters as it has the events very spaced out for us to get enough rest,” said Gayden.  “I think you will see our 4x4 relay run really well with Eric not running the open 400 and Devontre just high jumping.  I think the time of rest K’lan and Bryson both get between the open 400 and relay will have them at full strength and fresh for the relay.”
MCC will also see the debut of their distance runners with freshmen Cristian Lopez, Josh Austin and Martin Gomez all competing in the 800 meters.  It will also see Tyler Warren compete in the mile and Djano Sedrick in the 3000 meter invite.

On the women’s side it will see three freshmen make their debut in multiple events.  Freshmen Crystal Pettigrew will make her debut in the long jump.  Freshman, Jaylen Cowan will make her debut in both the 200 meter and 400 meter.  Freshman, Breonnah Thomas will also make her debut in the 800 meters as well.
The UAB Green and Gold Invitational begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with the field events as well as the sprint events.  You can follow MCC with live results at http://www.xpresstiming.com/Live/2015/Indoor/UAB3/

Wednesday

MCC Basketball Splits Road Set At JCJC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles entered this week with a difficult task of taking on two of the top teams inside of the MACJC South Division. The first test for the Lady Eagles came Tuesday night with a road match-up against Jones County Junior College which entered play tied with MCC for second place in the South Division standings.

The Lady Eagles came away with one of its most impressive road victories of the 2014-2015 season Tuesday night with an 85-79 win over the Lady Bobcats. MCC improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in division play, while Jones fell to 9-4 and 3-2 inside the South division.

Sophomore Londyn Thomas had one of her best games of the season for MCC by scoring a game-high 32 points, while Miaya Crowder finished with 17 points.

The win by MCC sets up a huge match-up Thursday night against Co-Lin who currently holds the top spot inside the MACJC South Division. The Lady Wolves moved its record to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in league play after defeating Southwest Mississippi 77-55 Tuesday evening. The game is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night inside the Graham Gymnasium at Jim Redgate Court.

The Lady Bobcats will look to rebound Thursday night with a road trip to Southwest Mississippi that begins at 5:30 p.m.

The MCC men couldn't complete the sweep and lost to the 16th ranked Bobcats of Jones by a final score of 72-63. The Eagles dropped to 6-7 overall and 0-5 in league play, while Jones improved to 12-0 and 5-0 in divisional play.

The Eagles will return to action Thursday night at home against Co-Lin at 7:30, while Jones will travel to Southwest Mississippi Thursday evening.

Tuesday

MCC Track Enjoys Success at Auburn Invitational



Birmingham, AL- MCC's Track and Field Team returned to action Saturday at the Auburn Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex.


MCC traveled only their sprinters and jumpers Saturday to compete against the likes of Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss and saw a great deal of success.


Freshman, Chris Lewis once again made it to the finals in the 60-meters after posting the fourth fastest time in the prelims.  Lewis placed fifth in the final with a time of 6.78


Freshman, Cravorkian Carson barely missed making the finals in the 60-meters after posting a personal best 6.94.


Head Coach, Chip Gayden was pleased with the performances in the event. "We came out and executed really well. That was our goal today with the short sprinters."


MCC saw consistency in the 400 with freshmen Eric Durham and Bryson Penton. Both runners posted times of 50.53 and 50.56 respectively. Devontre Young also made his debut in the event posting a time of 51.66.


"Our 400 runners came out and preformed well," said Gayden. "We were running a little tired after having a hard week of training, so to run close to our personal bests fatigued I was pleased.


MCC debuted their 4x400m relay team as well Saturday posting a time of 3:23.17. The time by Eric Durham, Bryson Penton, K'lan Harris and Devontre Young currently ranks them 11th in the NJCAA. 


MCC also saw success in the jumps. Freshman, Josh Wilson qualified for the finals in the event and placed ninth in the event with a mark of 22-2.50


"Josh had a great meet. He has really begun to understand the technical aspects of jumping and this was a good spring board for the rest of the year," said Gayden.


MCC will compete again next Saturday at the Green and Gold Invite hosted by UAB at the Birmingham Crossplex.