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SHS boys win Meet of the South

Monday, April 21, 2003

Thomas Elery and Felonte Larry are members of Sikeston's 4 X 100 meter relay team.
MURRAY, Ky. -- The Sikeston boys track and field team took first place in the Meet of the South Invitational at Murray State University in Kentucky.

The Bulldogs won the 18-team boys side with 136 points, well ahead of second place Kenwood (Tenn.). Paducah Tilghman (Ky.) took third place with 95 points.

"We're pleased with the way our kids are competing against quality competition," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "It was a really tough meet, particularly in the sprints and jumps, and the relays were all tough. Again our depth and team concept paid off for us. We have a very competitive nature with this group of guys."

Sikeston placed in all but one event. And that event, the high jump, the team didn't enter a participant.

The Bulldogs had two first place finishers. Senior Devante Larry took first in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a personal record time of 39.8.

Sophomore Tyler Woodson took first in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.00

The Bulldogs also got a standout performance from Andy Croxford, who took second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 46'5".

The Bulldogs also got second place finishers out of Felante Larry (long jump), Michael Colon (triple jump) and Ryan Gibson (pole vault).

The Bulldogs took second place in all three sprint relays and they took fourth in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

There were three events added to the competition with the freshmen 1600 meter run, the freshmen 4 x 400 meter relay and the weight man relay, designed for shot put and discus throwers.

Sikeston's Clay Lincoln took first in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:40.

Sikeston's freshman relay team of Kash Bratcher, Travis Hudson, Stephon Turner and B.J. Green won the 4 x 400 relay.

And Sikeston took third in the weight man relay, with Malcolm Williams, Drew Cole, Croxford and Taylor Old running that event.

Windy conditions kept the times and distances down a little, but Dement was still pleased with the effort.

"There were some very quality programs," said Dement.

"Paducah Tilghman is a legend in Kentucky. They have one of the top programs in the state over there. Kenwood and Northeast Tennessee have very high state quality clubs over there. It was a true team effort. We try to place somebody in every event. We usually place and usually place pretty high in about every event and it paid off for us."

On the girls side, Sikeston tied for seventh out of 16 teams.

The Lady Bulldogs tied with Rossview, Tenn., with 47 points.

Henderson County (Ky.) took first place with 161 points.

"I thought the girls were competitive," said Dement. "It was a good meet and they ran some of their better times. Our relays are really improving. We seem to be getting better each week. We're a very young team, but if they continue to work hard and stick together, in another year or two they could be real solid. Right now we're just trying to improve each week."

Sikeston's girls didn't have any first place finishers, but Rachael Vining placed in three different events while running a leg on a relay team.

She took third in both the triple and 100 meter hurdles and she took eighth in the long jump.

Jean Marie Delwiche placed in two different events, finishing third in the discus and seventh in the shot put.

Sikeston took fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay and they took sixth in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

The Lady Bulldogs' freshmen 4 x 400 meter relay team took first in the freshmen division with a time of 4:34. That team is made up of Tracy Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Jelisa Robinson and Deneka Black.

Complete results will appear in the scoreboard of Tuesday's Standard Democrat.