Track and Field - Varsity Girls
2019 STATE CHAMPIONS
|Lily Kate Farrar||11|
|Sarah Margaret Seabrook||11|
Coach Melanie Black returns to MRA for her 6th year as the Varsity and Junior High Girls’ track coach. She is a graduate of Belhaven College and Mississippi College and is a veteran coach with over 40 years of coaching experience, including stints at Northwest Rankin High, Brandon High, George County High and McLaurin High. She began her coaching career in the MAIS where she coached basketball and track for 10 years before moving to the public school league. During her coaching tenure, Coach Black has led her track teams to 8 state championships (2 at MRA, 5 at George County, and 1 at McLaurin). Her teams have been Conference, Division, Regional, North/South State and Overall State Champions, and she has been named Mississippi Girls’ Track Coach of the Year. Since arriving at MRA, her Junior High teams have won their state championship every year -5 straight years- and her varsity teams have finished in the top 3 in the state each year, capped off with back to back State Championships in 2018 and 2019.
Coach Lovitt is beginning his 4th season as the boy's and girl's cross country coach this year at MRA. He also coaches distance in track for both the girls and boys in Jr High and High School and is the assistant basketball coach for 7th, 8th , 9th and varsity girls teams. His cross country teams have won 2 North State championships in each the boys and girls divisions and the girls team has been overall state runner up the past 2 seasons.
Coach Lovitt is married to Jennifer Lovitt and they have 2 daughters, Tavyn and Kayla, that both graduated from MRA and now attend Ole Miss. Tavyn is beginning her senior year and runs on the cross country and track teams for Ole Miss. Kayla is a past Don Souder award winner for MRA and MAIS all-star in basketball and will be majoring in pre-med at college.