POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston track and field boys and girls team competed in the Poplar Bluff Invitational on Friday.
The Sikeston boys finished third in the meet while the girls placed fifth.
"We weren't up to par by our standards and we weren't near satisfied with what we did," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "We had an off day and got third. Our goal is to get first in every meet. Bluff's got a fine team and Perryville got second, they've got the best team they've ever had. We think we can challenge Poplar Bluff for the title on Friday."
Sikeston will compete in the SEMO Conference meet on Friday at 4 p.m. at Southeast Missouri State's Abe Stuber Track Complex.
The Bulldogs didn't have any first place finishers but there were several standout performances.
The Bulldogs' 4 x 200 meter relay team of Tori Rose, Thomas Elery, Devante Larry and Felante Larry had a season-best time of 1:29.8 to take second place.
Sikeston's 4 x 100 meter relay team of Rose, Elery, F. Larry and Michael Colon took third with a time of 43.8.
And the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Rose, D. Larry, Elery and Quinton Lamb took third with a time of 3:29.
Freshman Clay Lincoln set a personal record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:30 to take second.
Senior Dale Ham also set a personal record in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:10 to take second place. Others that finished in the top four were Tyler Woodson (110 high hurdles: 2nd place, 14.9), F. Larry (100 meter dash: 4th, 10.9 and long jump: 3rd, 21'5"), D. Larry (300 hurdles: 2nd, 40.4), Lincoln (800 meter run: 4th, 2:05), Colon (long jump: 4th, 21'1" and triple jump: 3rd, 42'11") and Kirk Butler (pole vault: 4th, 11'6").
On the girls side, Rachael Vining placed in three different events to lead the way.
She took second in the triple jump with a leap of 33'1", fourth in the long jump at 15'0" and fifth in the 100 meter hurdles at 18.2.
The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Deneka Black, Bernadette Wims, Jelisa Robinson and Ashley Johnson took fifth with a time of 1:53.1.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Latavia Flye, Robinson, Paige Harrington and Berneatress Hunt took fourth with a time of 52.4.
And the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Black, Tracy Jackson, Johnson and Robinson placed fourth with a time of 4:30.
Others that placed individually were Jackson (100 hurdles: 6th, 18.4 and 300 hurdles: 3rd, 51.9), Flye (100 meter dash: 7th, 13.4), Hunt (100 meter dash: 8th, 13.5 and long jump: 7th, 14'5"), Johnson (400 meter dash: 7th, 1:04), Black (200 meter dash: 8th, 28.2), Paige Kaiser (pole vault: 2nd, 8'6" and triple jump: 8th, 30'0"), Clarissa English (high jump: 8th, personal best 4'8"), and Jean Marie Delwiche (shot put: 6th, 30'4" and discus: 5th, 89'0").
"Our girls are coming on a little bit," said Dement. "Our times are getting better and we're getting steady improvement. I'm pretty pleased with the girls so far."
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's golf team defeated Cape Central on Friday, 163-170.
"I felt good about the victory," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "It gives us a positive mind set going into districts."
Sikeston's E.C. Atchison and Cape Central's Obegonner were low medalists, each firing a two-over 37.
Tanner Fritz fired a 38 for the Bulldogs. Matt Bain, Deere and Bohannon rounded out the Sikeston scoring, each with a 44.
"The hilly Cape course is always a challenge when it is very wet, and the wind was blowing," explained Oetting. "I felt our scores were good."
Sikeston's golf team will be back in action today, participating in the district tournament today at Bent Creek.
"It is our goal to be district champs and take the squad to state at Bolivar," said Oetting. "We have to shoot smart at districts to make it to state. Bain and Atchison also have experience in the tough play of districts and have traveled to the state tournament. Senior Matt Hon and sophomore Martin Schaefer will fill out the squad for districts. I believe in this team and know they will try their best to win the tournament for their fallen teammate Jonathan Spence."
JUNIOR HIGH TRACK
JACKSON -- Sikeston's ninth grade track team took third place in the 13-team Jackson Invitational on Saturday.
Travis Hudson took first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.1, tying the invitational record.
Hudson also took first in the 200 with a time of 23 seconds and first in the triple jump with a leap of 39-8.
Sikeston's 4 x 100 relay team of Kash Bratcher, B.J. Green, Marquette Goodwin and Hudson took first with a time of 46.69.
In the long jump, Bratcher took first place and Green came in second.
Scott Gardner took second in the high jump and Jordan Phenicie took third in the pole vault.
"We were missing two key athletes in Stephon Turner and Clay Lincoln, so we were losing a lot of points from the start," said Sikeston coach Chris Hodgkiss. "We knew it would be tough to win the meet without those two."
Sikeston's seventh grade team took second in the meet. In the 100 meters, Bryan Branion took first place with a time of 12.13. Tommy Strong came in second at 12.38.
The 4 x 100 team of Branion, Strong, Dominique McCray and Brandon Washington took first with a time of 49.77.
In the 200 meters, Washington took first at 26.14 and McCray took third at 26.77.
In the long jump, Strong took first.
In the pole vault, Gaviland Bland took first with a vault of 8-6. Justin Deere took fourth at 8-feet.
Tyler Dame took first in discus and Robert Madison placed third in the shot put.
Sikeston's junior high track team will be back in action today, hosting the SEMO Conference meet at 4 p.m.
"Basically, all of our kids are seventh graders and they've been competing against eighth graders all year long," explained Hodgkiss. "They had a good day. We set a bunch of records. Once that seventh grade group got to run against kids their own age, you see the kind of potential they have."
Sikeston's seventh grade girls took fourth place in the invitational.
Chasmon Herron won the 100 with a time of 12.94, setting a new meet record. The 4 x 200 relay team of Herron, Martika Davis, Willa Triblett and Brittany Jenkins took first with a time of 1:53.92. The same group also set a new meet record in the 4 x 100 with a time of 53.83.
Jennifer Millington too second in the mile with a time of 6:09. Triblett took first in the 200 meters with a time of 27.88.
Davis placed second in the long jump at 14-1. In the 75 meter hurdles, Chasidy Johnson took third at 13.88.
Jenni DeWitt took third in discus.