After becoming district champs at the meet in Tishomingo County on Apr. 10, Lafayette moved on to compete in the regional track meet on Apr. 21. Although they were not regional champs, several Commodores moved on to the North Half meet on Apr. 28 at Center Hill, and then the state meet in Clinton on March 5 .
Lafayette took home a handful of first place events at the North Half meet; Xhirr Burgess came in first in the 400 meter dash, Mariah Holland in shot put and discus, Michael Mathis in 110 high hurdles and 300 meter intermediate hurdles, and Brandon Turnage in the 400 meter dash.
Other competitors who moved on to the next round included Tania Booker, Breanna Holland, Julianna Mikell, Hailey Mooneyham, Tabias Brown, Cole Fortner, Thomas Kimmel, and Quinshun Twilley.
At the state meet, Lafayette only had three competitors for field events, but they found relative success in their events. Mariah Holland came in second place in the shot put, Cole Fortner, clearing a height of ten feet six inches, came third in pole vault, and Anna Lafferty cleared eight feet to claim fifth place in pole vault.
Lafayette had quite a few standout performances in the running events. Michael Mathis took home third place in the 300 meter hurdles, Mia Dawson claimed second place in the 3200 meter run and fourth in the 1600 meter. Xhirr Burgess had two events; triple jump and the 400 meter run. Burgess cleared 36 feet 2 inches and came third in the triple jump, then fifth in 400 meter run. Brandon Turnage came in fourth in the 400 meter dash.
Lafayette’s other events included the 4 x 200 relay, which came in fourth and run by Quinshun Twilley, Brandon Turnage, DeDe Miller, and Michael Mathis. Michael Mathis also ran the 110 meter hurdles, but was knocked down when another runner fell into his lane. Mathis got back up and finished the race in eighth place. Tabias Brown finished one place ahead of Mathis in the 110 meter hurdles. Breena Davis finished eighth in the 800 meter run. The girls 4 x 800 relay, run by Julianna Mikell, Hailey Mooneyham, Breena Davis, and Mia Dawson, finished in eighth.
Overall, Lafayette’s girls finished sixth with 37 points and the boys finished tenth with 26.