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SJHS fares well in relay meet

Friday, April 23, 2004

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Sikeston's Brandon Wright fights off Malden's Tim Jones in the final meters of the sprint medley.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston eighth grade boys track and field team placed first in five of the 12 events in Thursday's Sikeston Junior High Relays at Public Schools Stadium.

Team standings were not kept but medals were given out to the top three places.

The Sikeston eighth grade girls placed first in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relays.

And the Sikeston ninth grade boys had no first place finishes, but they had two seconds and three thirds.

"I was really pleased with the way things went," said Sikeston junior high track coach Chris Hodgkiss. "It went a little slower this year because we added a girls division, but overall I'd say it was a successful day. Our relay teams ran extremely well."

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Sikeston's Chasmon Herron hands off to Martika Davis.
The Sikeston eighth grade 4 x 200 meter relay barely missed breaking the Sikeston Junior High record but just tenths of seconds with a 1:39.8.

Both teams consisted of Tommie Strong, Bryan Branion, Brandon Washington and Dominique McCray. They ran 48.3 on the 4 x 100 relay.

"I had a feeling they would have a good day," said Hodgkiss. "Our exchanges could use some improvement but they still ran well."

The Bulldogs also placed first in the long jump relay, the spring medley and the 4 x 400 relay.

The sprint medley, consisting of Strong, Branion, Washington and Brandon Wright, ran 1:46.6. Down the final stretch, Wright was passed by Malden's Tim Jones but he fought him off and was able to nip Jones in the final few meters.

"One good thing I like about our junior high track team is they have some pride," said Hodgkiss. "They do not like to lose to people. They gut it up a lot on the track. I think that will carry them a long way."

The long jump relay of Strong, McCray and David Cody combined to jump 51'8".

The 4 x 400 relay of Chase Johnson, Wright, Demetrius Jackson and Clayton Mayfield ran the event in 4:08.

The Bulldogs also won first place in the sprint medley 'B' division with a time of 1:51. The team consisted of Timmy Hart, Terrance Wofford, Jake Pratcher and Justin Deere.

On the girls side, the 4 x 100 team of Chasmon Herron, Martika Davis, Brittany Jenkins and Michelle Flye took first with a time of 54.77.

Jenkins, Herron, Davis and Jordan Rodgers took first in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:56.5.

"Our girls continue to improve. A lot of these girls ran together as seventh graders so they've run together for a while. I would look for them to continue to improve."

The Sikeston Junior High teams will compete next Wednesday at the Cape Junior High Invitational at 4 p.m.