EAST ST. LOUIS — In an East St. Louis track and field program where tradition and winning with class are of utmost importance, the Flyerettes added another accomplishment Saturday at Clyde Jordan Stadium.
Senior Markita Rush won the 100-meter hurdles and Micayla Collins claimed the long jump to lead the way as East St. Louis romped to an easy win at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Relays.
The 2011 Class 3A state champion in the 300 hurdles, Rush overcame chilly and windy conditions, as well as a stellar field, to win the 100 hurdles in 17.08 seconds, while Collins jumped 17-feet, 8-inches to win her specialty as the Flyerettes posted a 124-point win over (Memphis, Tenn.) Southwind.
Utilizing a big advantage in depth, East St. Louis finished the 12-team meet with 201 points. Southwind (77) and (Gary, Ind.) Westside (61) rounded out the top three teams.
"I thought it was a good day," Flyerettes coach Nino Fennoy said. "The athletes and schools which competed enjoyed themselves and we saw some good performances by athletes in many of the events.''
"As for us, we're progressing. We're working hard and pointing toward May.''
While Rush and Collins, who placed fifth at state in the long jump a year ago, led the way, they weren't the only Flyerettes to win titles.
Seantell Johnson joined Rush as a winner on the track, taking the 3,200 in a time of 14:08.
East St. Louis dominated the field events.
In addition to Collins, Kenesha Taylor took home the top prize in the pole vault by clearing 8-0. Dynesha Powell won the triple jump with a distance of 35-9.
A toss of 106-8 claimed the discus for Alexus Handy.