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Freshman places sixth in triple jump; netters fall

Sunday, May 28, 2006

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Sikeston Bulldog track and field team didn't have as good a day as they had hoped, but freshman Dominic Fondon had a day that he will never forget at the MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field State Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

Fondon, a rangy 6-foot-5 athlete, captured sixth place in the triple jump with a leap of 43-feet, 1-inch.

The leap is the furthest triple jump of any ninth grader in Sikeston Junior High history. Fondon also becomes the first Sikeston freshman to medal at the state meet in an individual event in many years.

But other than Fondon, the rest of the Sikeston tracksters didn't place or qualify in their respective events.

The Bulldogs' 4 x 200 meter relay team placed 11th with a time of 1:31.79.

Senior Stephon Turner placed 13th in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.73.

Salamar Cox was set to compete in the shot put on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.

On the girls side, neither of Sikeston's relay teams qualified past the preliminaries. The 4 x 100 meter relay team placed 10th with a time of 51.31. And the girls 4 x 200 meter team placed 11th with a time of 1:48.40. Only the top eight placers qualify.

Also competing was sophomore Chasman Herrion, who placed 14th in the 100 meter dash at 13.21.

The only other local athlete competing at the state meet was Dexter's Mallory Kennedy, who placed 15th in the long jump with a leap of 14-6.75.

SPRINGFIELD -- The Sikeston tennis team saw its season come to a close on Friday afternoon at the Class 1 Tennis State Championships in Springfield.

Singles player Chris Matthews lost to Tommy Aliber of Pembroke Hill, 6-0, 6

-0. Matthews was then eliminated by Kirksville's Jared Mayberry, 6-1, 6-2.

Sikeston's doubles team of Clayton Matthews and Sam Zhao lost to Duchesne's Paul Amiri and Zack Merkle, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.

Matthews and Zhao then lost to Ian Clark and Frank Leone of Bishop LeBlond, 6-3, 6-4 in the consolation first round.

"Both Chris and Clayton and Sam in doubles ran into some tough competition," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "Their first round opponents are both already in the semifinals. These guys have nothing to be ashamed of. They went up there and competed and had some really good moments. Hopefully they enjoyed their experience up there against some good competition."

Charleston's doubles team of Blake Branum and Derek Hoppe are still alive in the competition. The two lost to Westminster Christian Academy's Andy DeRousse and Jack Reed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.

But they bounced back to beat Lee's Summit West's Cullen Fairchild and Peter Gardner, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The competition continued on Saturday. Results were not available at press time.