JEFFERSON CITY - The Sikeston Bulldog track and field team finished a disappointing ninth place in the MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
The Bulldogs, qualified in 11 different events, were considered one of the favorites in the meet but the team only managed 20 points to tie DeSoto for ninth place.
As expected, Kansas City Central rolled easily to the title with a whopping 92 points. Ladue finished second with 45 points followed by Vashon with 38 points. Ruskin placed fourth with 29 points.
Only the top four teams take home plaques and only the top eight individual places are recognized as all-staters.
Not all was bad news for Sikeston though.
Junior Tyler Woodson generated the most points as he placed second in the 300 meter hurdles and third in the 110 meter high hurdles. He ran 39.78 in the 300, finishing behind Central's Julius Jiles, who broke his own state record with a sizzling time of 36.86.
Woodson set a personal record during Friday's preliminaries with a time of 39.15 in the 300.
Woodson's time in the 110 hurdles -- 14.52 -- obliterates his performance in last year's state meet when he placed seventh at 16.21. Jiles took first in the 110 hurdles as well, shattering the state record with a time of 13.96.
Also pointing for the Bulldogs was the 4 x 200 meter relay team, taking fourth place with a time of 1:30.62. Members of the team were Felante Larry, Thomas Elery, Quinton Lamb and Brandon Williams.
Larry, who took fourth in last year's long jump, fell to eighth this year, but still good enough for all-state status with a leap of 21'6 3/4". Larry also competed in the 100 meter dash and the triple jump on Friday but failed to place in either of those.
He took 12th place in the 100 and didn't qualify to Saturday's finals. He placed 11th in the triple jump with a leap of 42'0 1/2".
Andy Croxford's throw of 49'11 1/4" fell just only a couples inches short of eighth place.
Clay Lincoln, an all-stater as a freshman last year, slipped to 11th place this year with a time of 4:35.26.
The Bulldogs' 4 x 100 relay team didn't qualify for the finals on Friday, placing 10th at 44.05.
Also competing on Friday were Quinton Lamb and Thomas Elery in the 200 meter dash. Lamb placed ninth and Elery took 14th place. Lamb also took 15th in the 400 meter dash.
On the girls side, Sikeston's Paige Kaiser (pole vault) and Traci Jackson (800 meters) competed on Friday but did not place. Kaiser tied her personal best at 9-feet. Jackson set a personal record at 2:25.21.
Locally, New Madrid County Central's Jeffrey McFarland placed in three different events, taking third in the 200 meter dash, seventh in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 400 meter dash.
Notre Dame's Austin Critchlow took second in the 800 meter run and Bryce Willen placed third in the pole vault. Also, Notre Dame's 4 x 800 relay team placed eighth.
Dexter's Hannah Burleson placed 8th in the 100 meter dash at 12.52. Also, Dexter's girls 4 x 100 meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 50.31.