JEFFERSON CITY -- Sikeston freshman Eli Jackson placed third in the long jump at the Class 3 State Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City on Friday.
Jackson was in ninth place with one jump to go when he leaped 21-feet, 7 1/4 inches to place third. Unfortunately, Jackson's leap knocked Sikeston senior Mark Williamson from receiving a medal. Williamson leaped 20-6 1/4 and was sitting in eighth place heading into Jackson's final leap. Williamson finished in ninth place.
Only the top eight placers receive all-state medals.
Also on Friday, Sikeston shot put thrower Salamar Cox had a disappointing toss of 43-0 1/2, which placed him 16th.
As of Friday's events, Sikeston was in 13th place in the state. The Bulldogs were scheduled to have two triple jumpers, sophomores Dominic Fondon and Demetrious Jackson, compete on Saturday.
On the girls side, Sikeston's 4 x 200 meter relay qualified through the preliminaries to Saturday's finals. The team of Chasman Herrion, Michel'le Flye, Lashawna Turner and Willa Tribblett ran the race in 1:47.42.
In the triple jump, Teah Atkinson placed 12th with a leap of 33-9 3/4.
Locally, New Madrid County Central's Antiwaan Smoot placed ninth in the 200 meter dash and did not qualify for the finals. He ran the race in 22.81.
On the girls side, Dexter's 4 x 800 meter relay team placed 16th with a time of 10:20.95.
SPRINGFIELD -- Sikeston's doubles team of Clayton Matthews and Sam Zhao were eliminated after two matches at the Class 1 State Tennis Tournament.
The duo lost to John Blesz and Weston Newell of Kirksville, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round to get sent to the consolation bracket.
There, Zhao and Matthews lost to Chillicothe's Cody Greenlaw and Morgan Saunders 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
"It's a tough way to go out but Sam and Clayton formed a good doubles team the last two years," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "They were two-time district champions and two-time state qualifiers."