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Track meet cut short by rainy conditions

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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Sikeston's Gavilan Bland pulls ahead of a Jackson runner.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs boys and girls track and field teams came in second place in a quad-meet held by the Bulldogs at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium on Tuesday.

Sikeston's boys finished with 101 1/2 points to finish behind Jackson's 112 points. Scott City had 26 points to finish in third while Kelly brought up the rear with 13 1/2 points.

On the girls side, Jackson won the meet going away with 128 points. Sikeston tallied 55 points followed by Scott City's 22 points and Kelly's 20 points.

Bulldog coach Jerry Dement said he tinkered with some of the lineup in preparation for the new Sikeston Relays slated for Friday.

Dement said he thought overall the day went as well as could be expected considering cold and rainy conditions.

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Sikeston's Eli Jackson stretches forward during his landing.
"It was a good practice meet for Friday," Dement said. "At least we got another meet in without the weather putting a hold on everything. We got it all in but two events. It wasn't too bad on a cool, windy day. The kids competed all right."

The track meet was cut short by rainy conditions with the 4 x 400 meter relay and the 3200 meter run were both canceled.

Of the 16 completed events, Sikeston captured first place in eight of them.

Sikeston won the 4 x 100 meter relay (44.69) and the 4 x 200 meter relay (1:32.08).

Individually, Sikeston had five different athletes capture first: Gavilan Bland in the 110 meter high hurdles (17.21), Tommie Strong in the 100 meter dash (11.56), Mark Williamson in the long jump (20'2"), Dominic Fondon in the triple jump (42'5"), David Stovall in the 400 meter dash (52.61) and Salamar Cox in the shot put (47'6 3/4").

Brandon Wright was second in the 100 meter dash (11.68), Eli Jackson was second in the long jump (20'2"), Demetrius Jackson was second in the triple jump (41'7 1/2"), Bland was second in the 300 meter hurdles (44.25), Brandon Washington was second in the 200 meter dash (23.81) and A.J. Vanover was second in the discus (124'11").

"I thought our relays ran OK," Dement said. "I thought our jumps were okay. We've got to improve in a lot of areas, but the kids are working. We'll get there. You can't tell much on a day like today. We're just trying some new things and working to get ready for Friday. It should be a dandy, weather permitting."

On the girls side, Sikeston captured first place in the 4 x 100 meter relay (53.52) and the 4 x 200 meter relay (1:52.87). Individually, Sikeston's Camrey Davis won the pole vault with a height of 7-feet.

Tasnean Ware took second in the high jump (4'6") and Mykesha Jackson was second in the long jump (15' 6 1/2").

The first ever Sikeston Relays will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. At least 15 teams are expected to compete.

DEXTER -- Sikeston, Dexter and Jackson beat the rain to get the match done at Hidden Trail Country Club.

"Today the rain was the only thing we seem to beat," Sikeston coach Rick Oetting said.

Jackson took honors with Wheeler, Smith, Balsman and Hill shooting 164. Dexter's Chance Holden was medalist shooting one over par 37 while teammates Bowman, Demaree and Rhine shot a total 174.

Sikeston shot 185 when Trevino, Green, Bizzell and Hampton scores were added up.

"It seems that we have what I call a tournament team," Oetting said. "We shoot well on 18 holes but fail to get our scores under control for nine. My boys have a couple of bad holes and that is it for their score. When we play 18 holes they have time to recover from their mistakes and perform better on the extra holes. Our focus now is to eliminate the mistakes and shoot the scores we know we can."

Sikeston will host Notre Dame and Jackson Wednesday starting the match at 4 p.m.