Sikeston finished with 119 points to take first place ahead of second place North County with 106.5 points.
By placing in the top four, the Bulldogs qualified athletes in 13 of the 18 events for Saturday's sectional meet to be held in Perryville at noon.
By winning the district for the fourth year in a row, the Bulldog track team set a new standard of excellence and firmly established themselves as the premier Class 3 program south of St. Louis.
The district title also gives the Bulldogs a claim as the top program in the entire area regardless of class this season.
"They set their goal on winning the district and they did it," said Sikeston coach Jerry Dement. "We had a lot of kids that didn't make it through but they contributed team points.
That's kind of been our strength. We qualified to the sectional in 13 of the 18 events and that's kind of a testimony that kids are giving up some personal thunder for the good of the team. I think we've got a chance to do pretty good at the sectional."
Sikeston's Felante Larry qualified in four different events, the only Bulldog athlete to do so. Larry placed second in both the long and triple jumps, third in the 100 meter dash and ran a leg on the first place 4 x 200 meter relay team.
Other members on the relay team are Brandon Williams, Thomas Elery and Quinton Lamb.
Sophomore Clay Lincoln took first in the 1600 meter run and fourth in the 3200 meter run to qualify for sectionals. Junior Tyler Woodson captured first in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, second in the 110 meter high hurdles and ran a leg on the 4 x 100 meter relay.
Other members of the relay are Apollo Patterson, Williams and Elery.
Lamb took second place in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes to qualify for the sectional meet.
Andy Croxford placed second in the shot put.
Elery placed fourth in the 200 meter dash. Kirk Butler placed fourth in the pole vault.
Dement said the team's schedule helped prepare them for the district meet.
"Success builds success and these kids don't want to let the past teams down," said Dement. "Next year our goal will be to win a fifth in a row. This has been a very successful bunch. They've been in the top two or three in every big invitational. A lot of the teams in our division don't run against a Paducah Tilghman or an East St. Louis or a Carbondale. So when we run against them, it just makes us better. We're used to the tough competition and I think that helps us relax during this time."
Other local teams that competed were New Madrid County Central (6th place, 58 points), Notre Dame (7th place, 46 points), Dexter (14th place, 8 points) and Kennett (15th place, 7.5 points).
Individual results from those schools were not available at press time.
On the girls side, Sikeston finished in 10th place with 34 points. Ste. Genevieve's girls won the championship with 134 points. Hillsboro followed up with 112 points while Dexter took third with 87.5 points. Notre Dame took fourth with 69.5 points.
"It was an average day for us," said Dement. "The girls ran hard but they didn't have a very good day."
Only two individuals and one relay team qualified for the girls. Senior Paige Kaiser qualified in the pole vault with a leap of 9'0". Sophomore Traci Jackson took second in the 800 meter run with a personal record of 2:25.
Also the 4 x 400 meter relay team qualified with a third place finish and just missed the school record with a time of 3:17.2.
Members of the team are Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Whitney Turner and Deneka Black, all sophomores.
"Those three all really did well and they have a good chance of making it through the sectional," said Dement. "Hopefully we can get them to the state finals."
Dexter's Hannah Burleson repeated as the district champion in 100 meter dash, took first in the 200 meter dash and anchored the Lady Bearcats' 4 x 100 meter relay team to a first place finish. Also on the team are Whitney Becker, Mallory Kennedy and Natalie Hayes.
Hayes took second in the 100 meter dash to Burleson to qualify.
Dexter's Ashley Baugas, a freshman, qualified in the 3200 meter run. She broke the school record in the race and also broke the school record in the 1600 meter run.
|13.||St. Pius X||9|
Sikeston athletes only
110 high hurdles
100 meter dash
4 x 200 relay
|1.||Larry, Elery, Lamb, Williams||1:29.6|
1600 meter run
4 x 100 relay
|2.||Williams, Elery, Patterson, Woodson||43.9|
400 meter dash
300 meter hurdles
800 meter run
3200 meter run
4 x 400 relay
|7.||Elery, Lamb, Williams, Woodson|
|2.||Felante Larry||44'10" (Personal record)|
GIRLS Pole vault
4 x 400 relay
|3.||Traci Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Whitney Turner, Deneka Black||3:17.2|
4 x 200 relay
|8.||Black, Johnson, Turner, Jelisa Robinson||NA|
800 meter run
|2.||Traci Jackson||2:25 (Personal record)|