DHS’s Jupiter excels at Griffin Relays

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Senior Ka’Lynn Jupiter anchors the 800-meter relay team down the last stretch of the race at the Griffin Relays Friday.

DHS senior Ka’Lynn Jupiter racked up four top-3 finishes, including two first place finishes at the Griffin Relays at Dutchtown High School Friday. In all the Tigers brought home nine awards, seven of them credited to the Lady Tigers.

“It was a pretty good meet but it’s a work in progress,” DHS coach Jimmy Lee Joseph said about the team’s success.

The girl’s team was led by Jupiter who finished first place in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, and senior Patrice West who brought in two first place finishes in the shot put and javelin throws respectively. Other top-3 finishes were: Beanca Lewis who won the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter relay team finished second who consisted of Lewis, Jupiter, Maiya Miles, and Courtland Jenkins, the 400-meter relay finished second who consisted of Jupiter, Miles, Lewis and Erica Johnson and the 400-meter relay team who consisted of Lewis, Miles, Kaylynn Joseph, and Courtland Jenkins.

The boy’s team didn’t have as much success, but it did get a couple top-3 finishes. Sophomore Floyd Foster, Jr. placed third in the shot put throw and the boy’s 800-meter relay placed third. The team consisted of Drew Rosemond, Jaquel Gant, Leondre James and Anthony Jackson.

“We just need a few more guys to come out,” Joseph said. “A lot of them played football and basketball and most of them are banged up. So I have to do what’s important so they’ll run faster later. I try to rest them early.”

Joseph said the progression of the team is looking good through the first two outdoor meets, but said he doesn’t want them to run to fast early on in the season.

“I don’t want them to hit a plateau and just go downhill,” Joseph said.

The Tigers will compete at the Scotlandville Invitational on Friday.