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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Tracksters strong at relays

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston boys and girls track and field team had a strong day at the Cape Relays on Saturday afternoon before rain washed away the last few events.

Sikeston's boys had first place medals in the long jump, triple jump and shot put relays. The Bulldogs were also in the running for first place medals in the discus and high jump before those events were rained out.

"I think we had a pretty decent day overall," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "I thought the field events that we competed in led the day, and that's been pretty indicative of our season so far. But we ran well, we had some season's best times in several events. We're starting to make a little push here towards the end of the season."

* In the long jump, Michael Colon, Andrew Lambert and freshman Apollo Patterson combined to jump 62'10".

* In the triple jump, Colon, Lambert and freshman Felante Larry combined to leap 128'8". Lambert set a personal record with a leap of 44'1".

* And in the shot put relay, Justin Lowes, Kevin Keller and Andy Croxford combined to throw 148'0".

* The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Tori Rose, Colon, Larry and Keena Hatcher set a personal record with a time of 1:31.9 to finish in second place.

"Our 4 x 200 team had their best time of the year by a second and we're starting to get that time down to where it belongs," said Dement.

* In the open 110 meter high hurdles, freshman Tyler Woodson posted his best time of the year at 15.5 to take second place. Kris Erlenbusch took sixth at 16.2

"I thought Tyler Woodson, the freshman hurdler, was a bright spot -- he's continuing to improve," said Dement.

* In the pole vault relay, Max Hanson, Ryan Gibson and Kirk Butler took second with a combined vault of 33'6".

* In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Rose, Colon, freshman Thomas Elery and Hatcher finished fourth in 44.5 seconds.

* The sprint medley team of four freshmen, Brandon Williams, Elery, Larry and Marcus McCaster, were leading until the final 100 meters to take fifth place.

* The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Dale Ham, Sam Klimmek, Jonathan Wiley and Quinton Lamb took fifth place with a season best time of 8:50.

"Our 4 x 800 team lowered their best time of the season by 13 seconds so that's a good day for them," said Dement.

On the girls side, Sikeston had three fourth place finishes.

* The long jump relay team of Rachael Vining, Tyrese Wims and Paige Kaiser took fourth with a combined leap of 44'5".

* The 4 x 100 meter team of Ashleigh Brock, Bethany Clayton, Wims and Vining ran a season best at 53.1 seconds to finish in fourth place.

"We had our best 4 x 100 time of the year so far," said Dement. "We moved some people around and they continue to slowly improve."

* The 4 x 200 meter team of Wims, Brock, Clayton and Latazia Barnhill took eighth with a time of 1:53.

* In the open 100 meters, Clayton ran a 13.2 in her first time running the event this year.

* The sprint medley team of Ebony Collins, Victoria Davis, Jameka Pratt and Victoria Hill took sixth place.

* The triple jump relay got rained out, but not before Vining posted a personal best by two feet with a leap of 33'5".

The Sikeston track team will compete in the Poplar Bluff Invitational on Friday.