(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
FARMINGTON -- Despite cold, wet and windy conditions, the Class 3, District 1 track and field meet was held at Farmington High School on Saturday afternoon.
Sikeston's boys team had a strong day, finishing with 117.50 points, but it wasn't enough to reclaim the district crown from Farmington, which captured its second-straight district title with 144 points.
On the girls side, Sikeston finished in fourth place with 73 points behind district champion Festus (103 points), Farmington (84 points) and Hillsboro (76 points).
In all, Sikeston qualified three relay teams and nine individual boys for next Saturday's sectional meet at Lutheran South High School. On the girls side, two speed relay teams and seven individuals qualified.
Sikeston coach Terry Flannigan had mixed emotions after Saturday's meet.
"We're disappointed we didn't get first on the boys side," Flannigan said. "We took second to a very, very good Farmington team. With the girls we knew we could end up anywhere from two to four. A couple things didn't go our way so we ended up in fourth. Our fourth place wasn't a distant fourth, we were right there in the mix."
Senior Quentin Washington had the strongest day for the Bulldogs, qualifying in four events, including first place in the 200-meter dash while running the lead leg on both the 400-meter and 800-meter relays. He also qualified in the 100-meter dash, taking second.
In addition to Washington, members of the 400-meter relay team were Darryl Howard, Ray Clark and James Watson. Members of the 800-meter relay team were Nick Nichols, Kyland Gross and Clark.
Sikeston's 1600-meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Nichols, freshmen Zach Harrison and Wanya Henderson, and junior Jamison, qualified with a fourth place finish.
"Our mile relay team had a real good day," Flannigan said. "Four young guys got in there and ran well and got a fourth place finish to move on to sectionals."
Jamison also qualified in the triple jump, with a second place leap.
"Terry had to come right out of the open 400 and had about 10 or 20 minutes to get ready for the triple jump and he busted a jump there to put himself in the sectional," Flannigan said. "He showed a lot of heart there."
Another couple surprises were freshman Steven Baker finishing fourth in the 400-meter dash and senior Kenneth Moy taking second in the pole vault.
Baker was seeded sixth, but ran a personal best time to qualify.
"That was a big surprise," Flannigan said of Baker. "He's been coming on here lately at the end of the year. He kept getting better and better and he really ran a great race. We're looking for great things from him in the future."
Moy was seeded lower than eighth in the pole vault, but beat his previous best mark by two feet.
Sophomore Spenser Clark took fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles to qualify.
"Spenser was on the bubble," Flannigan said. "He came through and did a great job in the hurdles."
Keldon Warfield qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with a third place finish and Ray Clark took third in the 200-meter dash.
"Ray has been hurt the biggest part of the year," Flannigan said. "We were hoping he had a shot at it and he's also on our speed relays."
Trey Lewis and Howard took second and third respectively in the long jump.
Howard also qualified in the high jump with a third place leap, but he did not qualify in the triple jump, an event that he placed second in the state last year.
Lewis scratched on four of his six total jumps and only landed a 42-8 leap, four feet shorter than his previous best.
"He struggled and it's been a rough year all the way around," Flannigan said. "That's the thing about it, you get into this competition level now, if you don't bring your 'A' game then you're staying home. That put a bad taste in his mouth."
Another disappointment came in the 110-hurdles when Watson, who had the top time in the preliminaries and was seeded first going into the finals, false started and was eliminated from the race.
"We knew James had a chance to make it out and he's sitting No. 1 after the prelims, but then he false started," Flannigan said. "That's bad for him because he's done a great job all year. But he shook it off and anchored our 400-meter relay team to a first place finish."
On the girls side, Vonteria Applewhite qualified in four events, the 100 and 200-meter dashes and both speed relays.
"Vonteria Applewhite had a pretty good day and got out in four events," Flannigan said. "She's worked hard all year."
Applewhite joined Darqueshionna Howard, Allisha Oglesby and Genetrious White on both speed relays.
Betsy Borgsmiller, after setting a school record earlier in the year with a high jump leap of 5-7, took first place in the event.
"Betsy continues to get those first places so we're hoping she can continue to perform well for us," Flannigan said.
Sikeston's Jalen Peet and Olgesby went first and second in the triple jump respectively. This came after Peet scratched on all three of her attempts in the long jump.
"Jalen was very disappointed after the long jump," Flannigan said. "I just told her that she has to forget that and focus on the triple jump. Her and Oglesby did a tremendous job and went one and two in that."
Freshman Ailena Stovall qualified for sectionals in the 400-meter dash despite being the fifth seed.
"That was real, real good for her," Flannigan said. "She's another young one and I was proud to see her step it up right there."
While no team points will be kept at the sectional meet on Saturday, the top four individuals in each event will advance to the state meet in Jefferson City in two weeks.
"Sectionals will be pretty tough," Flannigan said. "On the girls side we're going to have to step up some on the track. If they come in and run hard and compete, they all have a chance to get out. On the boys side we're seeded No. 1 in the 400-meter relay and on the bubble in the 800-meter relay. Our jumpers all have a chance and if our mile relay team can continue to cut time off they will have a shot."
Locally on the girls side, both Dexter and New Madrid County Central had numerous qualifiers.
Dexter's Lindsey Hindman took fourth in the long jump to qualify. Dexter's 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay teams both qualified with second and fourth place finishes respectively.
Taylor Martin took second place in the 100-meter dash.
NMCC's Rashaunda Summer took fourth in the shot put; Brittany Johnson took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and Brittian Horne took fourth in the 100 and 200-meter dash.
1. Farmington 144, 2. Sikeston 117.50, 3. Festus 108, 4. Ste. Genevieve 72, 5. Notre Dame 52, 6. Potosi 48, 7. DeSoto 45, 8. Perryville 27, 9. Hillsboro 21, 10. Kennett 20, 11. Park Hills Central 14, 12. Fredericktown 13, 13. Arcadia Valley 9, 14. North County 7, 15. NMCC 3, 16. Dexter 0.50
Local results (top four
qualify for state)
High jump -- 3. Trey Lewis (S) 5-10; 8. Kyland Gross (S) 5-8; 8. Austin Richardson (D) 5-8.
Pole vault -- 2. Kenneth Moy (S) 12-6; 5. Evan Deere (S) 11-6.
Long jump -- 2. Trey Lewis (S) 22-2.50; 3. Darryl Howard (S) 22-1.5
Triple jump -- 2. Terry Jamison (S) 44-4.50; 5. Trey Lewis (S) 42-8
3200m relay -- 5. Sikeston (Ethan Scherer, Zach Harrison, Mark Swanson, Wanya Henderson) 8:50.26; 8. NMCC (Ahmeel Fowler, Frank Harrell, Chad Moton, Blade Perkins) 10:41.35.
110m hurdles -- 3. Keldon Warfield (S) 16.41.
100 -- 2. Quentin Washington (S) 11.26; 5. Nick Nichols (S) 11.54.
800m relay -- 1. Sikeston (Washington, Nichols, Gross, Ray Clark) 1:32.04.
400m relay -- 1. Sikeston (Washington, Darryl Howard, R. Clark, James Watson) 43.99.
400 -- 4. Steven Baker (S) 52.94; 7. Ahmeel Fowler (N) 55.95.
300m hurdles -- 4. Spenser Clark (S) 43.25.
200 -- 1. Washington (S) 23.13; 3. R. Clark (S) 23.78.
1600m relay -- 4. Sikeston (Nichols, Harrison, Henderson, Jamison) 3:37.53
1. Festus 103, 2. Farmington 84, 3. Hillsboro 76, 4. Sikeston 73, 5. Ste. Genevieve 47, 5. DeSoto 47, 7, Notre Dame 45, 8. Dexter 38, 9. Potosi 36, 10. North County 32, 11. Arcadia Valley 26, 11. NMCC 26, 11. Kennett 26, 14. Park Hills Central 20, 15. Perryville 19.
Local results (top four
qualify for state)
High jump -- 1. Betsy Borgsmiller (S) 5-4; 6. Raezheem Miller (D) 4-10.
Long jump -- 4. Lindsey Hindman (D) 15-7; 6. Chazeton Redd (S) 15-2.75.
Triple jump -- 1. Jalen Peet (S) 35-3.75; 2. Allisha Oglesby (S) 35-3; 7. Madison Pixley (D) 31-3.50.
Discus -- 8. Alecia Nelson (N) 85-8
Shot put -- 4. Rashaunda Summers (N) 34-3.
3200m relay -- 6. Dexter (Morgan Cliff, Christina Harris, Katie Justice, Malinda Mayo) 11:36.63.
100m hurdles -- 4. Brittany Johnson (N) 16.69.
100 -- 2. Taylor Martin (D) 12.76; 3. Vonteria Applewhite (S) 13.15; 4. Brittian Horne (N) 13.31; 7. Chazeton Redd (S) 13.94.
800m relay -- 2. Sikeston (Applewhite, Darqueisheanna Howard, Oglesby, Genetrious White) 1:50.52; 4. Dexter (Brooke Baker, Christina Harris, Lindsey Hindman, Taylor Martin) 1:53.31; 7. NMCC (Brittian Horne, Aqwanness Johnson, Amirah Ruff, Kemaya Taylor) 2:02.94.
400m relay -- 1. Sikeston (Applewhite, Howard, Olgesby, White) 51.67; 2. Dexter (Baker, Hindman, Martin, Samantha Midgett) 51.81; 6. NMCC (Horne, B. Johnson, A. Johnson, Ruff) 54.93.
400 -- 4. Ailena Stovall (S) 1:04.02; 8. Kyla Robinson (S) 1:06.
200 -- 2. Applewhite (S) 27.20; 4. Horne (N) 27.49; 5. Martin (D) 27.83.
1600m relay -- 7. Sikeston (Stovall, Redd, White, Yalanda Johnson) 4:31.95.