BELLEVILLE — During a time of specialization and high-tech training methods, Cahokia coach Leroy Millsap has a simple philosophy when it comes to motivating and preparing the Comanches track and field team.
"Every day, I just tell them to go out and compete --today. Give me everything you've got on that day and not worry about what happened yesterday and what might happen tomorrow,'' Millsap said. "I've said this about this group many times already that they are track and field athletes.
"They know how to prepare and they know what it takes to be successful.''
What the Comanches did Saturday at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Invitational goes well beyond being successful.
Senior Chris Moore won the triple jump and 300-meter intermediate hurdles to highlight a Comanches' victory parade as Cahokia romped to a 33-point win in the 20-team field at West High School.
Moore jumped a career-best 48-feet, 1-inch to edge teammate Ja'Mari Ward in the triple jump. He then turned in a time of 38.1 seconds to win the 300 hurdles Cahokia, which finished with 139 points.
O'Fallon, getting wins from junior Patrick Perrier in the 1,600 and 3,200, was a distant second with 106 points.
In addition, Cahokia, which was competing without top 800 runner Darren Payton (leg injury), also got individual titles from Ward (long jump), Marlin Brady (400) and Trey Story (200).
The Comanches also won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
"This was a big-time meet and for us to come out today -- in just our second outdoor meet of the season --and put up the kinds of times and distances --that we did. I'm very pleased,'' Millsap said. "Now we just need to maintain those efforts and work on getting better.
"Chris (Moore) had a great day. The freshman (Ward) jumping 23 feet in the long jump and placing second in the triple jump had a nice day and I was pleased at how (Trey) Story was able to comeback. I don't think he was happy with how he ran the 100 meters, but he came back strong in the 200.''
Two other individuals also won multiple events Saturday.
O'Fallon's Perrier ran a 9:33.1 to win the 3,200 and followed it with a 4:34 to pace the field in the 1,600.
Waterloo senior Brendan Duncan, the 2011 Class 2A state champion in the discus, won with a throw of 173-1. He also claimed the shot put with an effort of 57-9.
O'Fallon also got a 1-2 finish from Pat Riley and Jack Klopfenstein in the pole vault. Battling winds between 25-30 mph most of the day, Riley won the pole vault with an effort of 13 feet.
The Panthers title hopes took an early hit when Chris Wiggins false started in the 100. Wiggins came back to finish second behind Story in the 200.
"I know he (Wiggins) was disappointed. But I thought he came back in the 200 and ran well,'' O'Fallon coach Ron Koch said. "In a meet like this with so many good teams, it's a good gauge of where your kids are. And it's still early in the season.''
"The two kids in the pole vault also did a good job, considering the conditions, and of course, I thought Patrick (Perrier) looked very strong."
Koch also said that the standout distance runner Alex Riba, who has been out with a sore Achilles, is getting close to being able to compete.
Edwardsville, getting wins from its 400 relay and Chad Maxwell in the 800, placed third in the team standings with 93 points.
Belleville West was fourth with 73 points. East St. Louis had 61 points for fifth.
The Flyers got a win from Marcus Greer in the 110 hurdles.
Waterloo's Justin Kretchmer cleared 6-8 to win the high jump. The defending Class 2A state champion, Kretchmer narrowly missed on three attempts at 6-10.