FESTUS - The Sikeston track and field team will compete in the Class 3A Sectional meet at Festus tomorrow starting at noon.
The Bulldogs qualified in 12 events and will be competing with the qualifiers from District 1 and District 2.
Sikeston won the District 1 championship last Saturday, scoring 126 points to beat out Perryville by just four points.
But at tomorrow's sectional meet, team points will not be kept. It will simply be a qualifying meet to determine state contenders.
"I really think we have a very good chance in 11 of the 12 events we're competing in and we have an outside chance in the 12th," said Sikeston head track and field coach Jerry Dement. "If we could somehow get 10 or 11 events, or even nine events to the state meet, I think that would be tremendous because I think we can score if we get there. That's what's most important. Our total focus on Saturday is to qualify through in the top four."
Sikeston will be one of the favorites in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relays. The Bulldogs also qualified in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 meter relays.
Senior Andrew Lambert will compete in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Some other athletes that will be competing are freshman Tyler Woodson (110 meter hurdles), junior Devante Larry (300 meter hurdles), junior Dale Ham (3200 meter run), freshman Max Hanson (pole vault), seniors Justin Lowes and Kevin Keller (shot put) and junior Michael Colon (triple jump).
On the girls side, sophomore pole vaulter Paige Kaiser will also compete for a chance to go to state.
"We're seeded in the top four in 11 of those 12 events that we qualified for," said Dement. "If we can just maintain where we've been and keep going then we've got a chance to get through. We feel good about our chances. District 2 wasn't as strong as ours. Our district scored better than District 2 in nearly every event. We had a very, very tough district competition-wise."