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Dexter, Scott City win EP Invitational

Sunday, April 6, 2003

Dexter's Hannah Burleson leads the 100 meter race in Friday's track meet in East Prairie. Also pictured is Sikeston's Jelisa Robinson, East Prairie's Stacy Hall and Dexter's Natalie Hayes.
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Track Invitational got most of its events in on Friday afternoon before the threat of inclement weather canceled the final race of the day.

School officials called the event just before the 4 x 400 meter relay when thunderstorms were reported to the west of East Prairie.

Dexter won the 10-team boys side of the meet with 90 points. Scott City and Charleston tied for second with 84 points. East Prairie and Hayti tied for fourth with 83 points.

On the 11-team girls side, Scott City took first with 125 points. Dexter took second with 113 points followed by Sikeston with 100 points.

"I felt good about the meet," said East Prairie head coach Brett Blackman. "The weather was touch and go there for a while, but we wanted to get the meet in. We're hosting the district this year so this was kind of a trial run for us. I think it went well."

The final relay race could've had major ramifications in the final standings as the top six boys teams were separated by just seven points.

"They handed me the trophy and told us to get out of there before the storm," said Dexter coach Jill Becker. "The boys did a great job. They're really young but they keep improving as a team. Their attitudes are excellent and they're really been working hard. The same thing goes for the girls."

On the girls side, Dexter's Hannah Burleson took first in two different events. She won the 100 meter dash and the long jump.

Scott City got a standout performance from Loren Groves who took first in the 100 meter hurdles, the 300 meter hurdles, the shot put and the discus to lead the Lady Rams to the first place finish.

"That's what we wanted to do -- we like to see the smaller schools go up against the big schools and compete and do well," said Blackman. "Scott City will compete for the conference and the district title this year. Groves is a tremendous athlete for them."

Sikeston's girls placed in every event except the 800 meter run.

"It was a true team effort," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "We're not outstanding in a lot of individual events, but we placed one in everything except one event, and we placed two in most. We're a young team so I was fairly pleased with our performance."

Rachael Vining was the only Sikeston performer to place first in an event as she leaped 33'7" in the triple jump. She also took second in the long jump and third in the 100 meter hurdles.

Jean Marie Delwiche placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Misti Clark took eighth in the shot put and Beth Clayton took seventh in the discus.

Paige Kaiser took fourth in the triple jump.

In the high jump, Clarissa English took fourth while Stephanie Avery took sixth.

Deshya Burrell took seventh in the long jump.

Jennifer Medlin and Tara Shoemaker placed fifth and seventh in the 3200 meter run respectively.

Those two also teamed up with Merideth Null and Lauren Teachout to place fifth in the 3200 meter relay.

Medlin also placed sixth in the 1600 meter run.

Tracy Jackson placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles.

Jelisa Robinson and Latavia Flye took fifth and sixth in the 100 meter dash respectively.

Those two also teamed up with Ashley Johnson and Stacy Mitchell to take third in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Flye, Robinson, Vining and Abigail Wims took third in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Robinson also placed eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Johnson and Avery took fifth and sixth in the 400 meter dash.

Jackson and Wims placed second and third in the 300 meter hurdles.

On the boys side, East Prairie was led by the Harland brothers, Brent and Aaron.

Brent won the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles while Aaron took first in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

"Both of those guys had good days," said Blackman. "Aaron really gave a good performance in the mile run. The Dexter kid came out ahead in the final lap but Aaron overtook him in the final 100 meters. So that was a big 20 points he got for us."

Sikeston's boys competed in the Murphysboro Invitational on Saturday.

The Sikeston boys and girls will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Dexter at 4 p.m. The meet was originally scheduled to be held in Dexter but has been relocated to SPS Stadium.