West wins boys division, girls goes to East at city track meet

News-DemocratApril 24, 2014 

— The streak continued for the Belleville West Maroons on Wednesday at the Belleville City Track and Field Meet.

Ricky Nelson led a dominating effort by the Maroons in the field events by winning the shot put and discus and Romello Hatter recorded a time of 10.4 seconds to take the 100 meters as West rolled to a sixth straight city title in the boys division.

Nelson won the shot put with a throw of 56-feet then hurled the discus 158-8, 31 feet further than his closest rival to lead a sweep of the field events by West.

Anthony Lewis (high jump), Ramon Stacker (triple jump), Antione Davis (long jump) and Austin Blakesley (pole vault) were the other Maroons winning city titles in the field events.

"Ricky (Nelson) had a great night, but I was pleased at how we did overall in the field events. We dominated and honestly it was the difference in the meet because it gave us a big lead,'' Maroons coach Patton Segraves said. "Romello's 10.4 in the 100 was hand-held (timing), but he looked sharp as well.

"If we're going to do well in the postseason, we're going to need Romello to be at his best and he looked great tonight."

West finished with 114 points, well ahead of Belleville East (66) and Althoff (2)

Also looking great Wednesday was Sidne' Williamson of East in the girls competition.

Williamson won the long jump and 200 to lead a balanced East effort, as the Lancers won for the second year in a row.

East, which broke the four-year winning streak of West with its victory a year ago, finished with 87 points.

The Maroons, getting a pair of wins from University of Illinois recruit Jasmine Berry, placed second with 67. Althoff was third with 31.

While the West boys effort was led by its athletes in the field events, the Maroons also got wins from Deshon Buchanan (200), Hunter Cason (3,200), Ricky Berry (300 hurdles) Josh Frievogel (400), and Evan Alcorn (800).

West also won three of four relays.

"I'm pleased. It was a team effort,'' Segraves said. "Winning the city title is a nice accomplishment that at the end of the season that you can look back at and be proud of.

"It's not going to help you qualify for the state meet, but it's nice to call yourself a city champion.''

East got wins from William Session (100 hurdles) and Joe Kraus (1,600).

The East girls squad, led by Williamson, was pushed by both the Maroons and Althoff, but still managed to score a convincing 20-point win.

The effort came as no surprise to Lancers coach Bryan Mitchell, who has seen signs of brilliance from his team in recent weeks.

"I had a feeling we would come out and have a good night. We've looked sharp in practice the last few days and we had a very good team effort in the last couple of meets we've competed in. It seems like we've raised our level a notch or two here lately,'' Mitchell said. "Sidne' (Williamson) is one of our leaders and tonight she came out and had a great night.

"But we also had other girls step up. It was a great team effort. The girls really wanted to repeat as city champions.''

Kaitlynn Sanchez (800), Jazzmine Poole (discus), Jayda Fowler (400) and Brynesha Mosby (triple jump) also won individual titles for the Lancers.

Berry won the 100 and 300 hurdles to pace West. Other winners for the Maroons were senior Kelsey Shannon (high jump), Anna Fishbein (pole vault) and Abrea Hopson (100).

Althoff got wins from Cara Brooks (shot put), Grace Rowan (3,200) and Savannah Ames (1,600).

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