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Senate Honors 2016 AT&T Athletes of Year


AT SENATE — The Mississippi Senate issued proclamations for the 2016 State Games of Mississippi AT&T Athletes of the Year at the Capitol. From left are: C.D.Smith, AT&T; Megan Heggie, Meridian; Terry C. Burton, Senate President Pro Tempore; Evelyn Watkins, Meridian; and Krilecia Gianakos, Marketing Director for the State Games of Mississippi.

Senate Honors AT&T Athletes

Mississippi’s premier athletes were honored recently in Jackson with a presentation of State Senate resolutions commending their prowess and excellence in sports.

Honored were Megan Heggie, 12, of Meridian, the 2016 State Games of Mississippi AT&T Youth Athlete of the Year, who has participated in the State Games of Mississippi since 2012 and has won 17 gold medals in individual events and five in relay events. During the 2016 State Games, Heggie competed in the largest age group at the meet and placed in the top eight in all of her events. She also broke eight team records during the Games.

Runner and trainer Evelyn Watkins, 36, of Meridian, overcame surgeries on her feet to run marathons, triathlons and more and was named the 2016  Female Athlete of the Year. Watkins was first in her age group at the 2016 Games in the 5K Run, second overall in the female division and seventh overall in the event.

Brian Fleming, of Shubuta, 2016 State Games of Mississippi AT&T Male Athlete of the Year, hit 93 of 100 targets in his most recent outing at the 2016 State Games and won the gold medal. Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes from 10-15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. Fleming has been the Mississippi sporting clays champion four times and a Zone 6 champion, which encompasses Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana. He won silver medals in the 2014 and 2015 State Games.

The 2016 Athletes of the Year visited the Capitol in Jackson. They will also have the honor of lighting the torch at the 2017 State Games of Mississippi opening ceremonies in Meridian June 16.