5A Girls Track runs through West Harrison
Last year, the West Harrison girls track and field team made history by winning the first MHSAA sanctioned state championship in school history.
The Lady Canes are back for more in 2018 after winning their second straight class 5A South State title.
Head Coach Carlton Cotten is leading the charge for a repeat and sophomore discus thrower Alexis Morris is poised to build on last year’s third place finish. In 2017, she came up two feet short of the 99 foot winning toss, but now she’s throwing at a clip of 118 plus.
Overall, West Harrison has 11 girls making the state championship voyage, ten of which competed on the big stage last season. Together they’re looking to double down on the 2017 hardware. “It would mean a lot because we won last year, so back-to-back, though. We became a family, and then we encouraged each other to push ourselves so that we can do a repeat,” said Morris.
Cotten said, “They work hard and we challenge ourselves, we’re more focused on us. We always plan to be at our best on performance day, so that’s the main thing. So as far as breaking records, we just try to make our next day our best day. We’re looking to stand in the middle of the podium all day Saturday, that’ll be the greatest chance we have to win.”
Saturday’s meet will be in Pearl. The Lady Canes will be represented in ten out of the 18 events in everything from pole vault to the dashes.