JEFFERSON CITY - The Sikeston track and field team picked up a few points in the first round of the Class 3 state meet in Jefferson City on Friday.
Through five events Sikeston had accumulated eight points, good enough for a five-way tie in ninth place.
The final 13 events were run on Saturday.
"We had really a pretty good day," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "We got through what we thought we would. Our district and sectional dominated up here for the most part, and we were part of it. I was pleased with it."
Sikeston got five points from sophomore Felante Larry, who placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 21'9 1/2".
"That's a nice finish, especially for a sophomore," said Dement. "That was after he tore a hunk of skin off his leg in the 4 x 200 coming off the curve. He had to get treatments and everything before jumping, so he gutted it up pretty good. He stepped it up. After he got injured, he came back and jumped his two best jumps."
Larry also anchored Sikeston's 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relay teams, which both qualified for the finals on Saturday.
The Bulldogs' 4 x 200 team took first place in their heat with a time of 1:30.23, the best time of the day. The 4 x 100 team had the third best time of the day at 43.05.
The Bulldogs picked up three more points from freshman Clay Lincoln, who placed sixth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:24.70. The time is just three seconds off the school record set by Jamie Gooch in 1993.
It's also Lincoln's personal record by six seconds, which he set last week at the sectional.
"That's an excellent time," said Dement. "That's a very good effort. He really competed well against a strong field. He really handled the pressure up here. You can't ever count on freshmen getting points, but he handled the pressure and turned it into a positive."
Sophomore Tyler Woodson qualified for the finals in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.09.
"Tyler Woodson was seeded 16th and he ended up making the finals," said Dement. "He had the worst time coming in but he showed some character and made it through."
Senior Devonte Larry competed in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles but didn't qualify for second day action. He ran the event in 40.57 to place 11th.
"We thought he would get in the finals," said Dement. "He hurt his hamstring in the 4 x 200 and he got nipped in the prelims in the 300. He probably could've made it had he not gotten hurt. But that's something that you've got to deal with."
Junior Quinton Lamb also didn't qualify as he ran 54.65 in the 400 meter dash.
Other athletes scheduled to compete on Saturday in addition to the preliminary qualifiers were Michael Colon (triple jump), Ryan Gibson (pole vault) and Paige Kaiser (pole vault).
New Madrid County Central's Michael Malone took first in the long jump with a leap of 23'0". The NMCC 4 x 100 meter relay also qualified for the finals with a heat winning time of 42.92.
NMCC's Jeffery McFarland qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.1
On the girls side, Dexter's Hannah Burleson qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash with a fourth-best time of 12.43.
She also ran the anchor leg on the qualifying 4 x 100 meter relay team which had a time of 50.24.
Dexter's 4 x 400 meter relay team did not qualify as they finished 12th at 4:16.65.
Also, NMCC's 4 x 200 meter relay team did not qualify for the finals as they ran 1:50.10 to place 14th.
Final results from the Class 3 state track meet will be in Monday's edition.