MARION, Ill. -- The Sikeston boys track and field team had a good showing at the Murphysboro Invitational which was held in Marion, Ill., on Saturday.
The Bulldogs, after a third place finish last year, did even better this season as they finished second place behind powerhouse East St. Louis High School.
Sikeston had 78 points compared to East St. Louis' 114. Cahokia, Ill., took third with 69 points followed by Cape Central with 54 points.
"I think second out of 15 teams, especially with the quality of the competition that was there, is a really nice finish," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "We were very pleased with the day we had. East St. Louis is a large school in Illinois and they always have a stellar program.
The Bulldogs placed in all but three events in the meet which has become the norm for Sikeston track the last few years.
"We're solid in almost every event," said Dement. "I think all four of our relays ran well. Overall it was a nice day."
Sikeston placed in all four relay events.
The Bulldogs' 4 x 200 meter relay, comprised of Tori Rose, Michael Colon, Thomas Elery and Keena Hatcher took first place with a time of 1:32.7
The Bulldogs finished fourth in both the 4 x 800 meter relay and the 4 x 100 meter relay and they took third in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
Dement was particularly pleased with the 4 x 800 meter team (Quinton Lamb, Clay Lincoln, Dale Ham and Jonathan Wiley).
"They've been getting better each week," said Dement. "They lowered their time pretty much and they competed really hard."
One pleasant surprise came from sophomore Felante Larry, who took first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.0.
"That was a nice surprise -- he's improving as we go along," said Dement of Larry.
Dement was also pleased with his distance runners, Ham and Lincoln, who both had strong showings.
Ham took third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:16.84.
Lincoln, a freshman, took third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:40.12.
"They really had fine days in their open events," said Dement. "Clay really had a good time for a freshman. He's got a lot of potential. Clay and Dale are both improving their times with every meet. They're ahead of the curve so to speak."
Sikeston's Michael Colon took second in the long jump while sophomore Apollo Patterson took fifth.
Colon also took fourth in the triple jump.
In the 110 high hurdles, sophomore Tyler Woodson took third with a time of 15.2.
Devante Larry took third in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.08.
Hatcher took third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.59.