St. Clair County meet pushed back a week

News-DemocratApril 22, 2013 

The O'Fallon Panthers latest attempt to knock off defending Class 2A state champion Cahokia will have to wait a few more days after the announcement on Monday that the St. Clair County Boys Track Meet has been postponed.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the meet has been pushed back one week to April 30. The rescheduled meet will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Belleville West High School.

West coach Patton Segraves said the decision was made because of ominous weather forecast and to give the athletes the opportunity to excel in good conditions.

"The forecast for tomorrow is for rain all day with temperatures in the 50's, so in the best interest of the athletes, we just decided to push it back,'' Segraves said. "We couldn't find a day this week which fitted the schedules of the other teams and so next Tuesday was the first day it would work.''

The meet will feature four of the top teams in the state in Cahokia, East St. Louis, O'Fallon and Belleville West while several other St. Clair County teams have outstanding individuals.

O'Fallon, which figures to be in contention for the Class 3A state title next month in Charleston, has lost twice to the Cahokia thinclads in the past two weeks -- at the recent Belleville West Invitational and Saturday at the (Edwardsville) Winston Brown Invitational.

The St. Clair County girls meet will be held on Wednesday at Clyde Jordan Stadium at East St. Louis High School.

The field events are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. with the events on the track set to start at 4 p.m.

Two-time defending champion Belleville West along with Belleville city champion Belleville East, O'Fallon and East St. Louis and Cahokia are the top teams competing.

Contact reporter Dean Criddle at 239-2661 or dcriddle@bnd.com

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