BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Indians Boys Track team is devoted and ambitious, coming off a first-place finish at the Gaston Hewes Relays. Biloxi head coach Michael Reese is confident that his Indians can make a run at the Class 6A Track and Field State Championship.
Two big reasons for his enthusiasm. Da'shan Morgan and Zach Williams-Brackett.
Zach did something that turned heads and opened eyes after an exhilarating effort in the 100 meters.
Coach Reese said, "He broke a school record. he's run a 10.57. Our old school record was 10.60 by Tyson Roach in 2006. I didn't think that 10.6 record would be broken. Zach has been doing a tremendous job for us."
"Last year I was more of a bulky-type person, "said Williams-Brackett. "I was built more like a football player. So, I weighed something like 196 and I slimmed down to 186."
Williams-Brackett says Biloxi trainer Brian O'Neal was instrumental in his preseason training and he dropped ten pounds and picked up more speed in the process.
Da'Shan Morgan has been picking up an average of 20 points for the Indians, thanks to his long jump and triple jump performances.
"He's jumping around 45 feet triple jump and 21-22 feet for the long jump, "stated Coach Reese. "He's been in first place in every meet he's been in and he's a tremendous competitor."
Morgan said, "Coming to practice everyday. Not taking anything for granted and encouraging my teammates and they encourage me. I go out there and do the best I can."
Morgan is taking aim on the Biloxi school record of leaping past 47 feet in the triple jump.