Comanches impress at Herrin Class 2A girls track sectional

News-DemocratMay 15, 2014 

Competing under pressure, Cahokia's Raynesha Lewis and Mariya Hudson displayed no fear Thursday at the Class 2A Herrin Girls Track and Field Sectional.

The top-rated Class 2A athlete in three events, Lewis breezed to titles in the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter hurdles, while Hudson added a pair of championships as the Comanches soared to the team title at Herrin High School.

Lewis had jumps of 18-feet, 3-inches in the long jump and 36-2 3/4 in the triple jump, before posting a winning time of 15.05 seconds in the 100 hurdles for Cahokia, which qualified a total of 14 entries in 12 events for the Class 2A state meet, May 23-24 at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.

Cahokia finished with 135 points, far ahead of runner-up Triad (51 1/2 points).

Only a freshman, Hudson was almost as impressive as Lewis.

Hudson won the 200 in 25.80 and the 400 in 58.02. Like Lewis, Hudson had the best times in the state entering sectional competition.

Hudson also placed second behind Lewis in the long jump, with a leap of 17-6 3/4.

The Comanches also won the 400 relay (48.94), 800 relay (1:46.61) and 1,600 relay (4:10.48).

Senior Daisha Townsend was the third multiple winner for the Comanches, taking titles in the shot put (40-0) and discus (129-1).

Freshman Takrya Bufurd also contributed to the Comanches' victory binge by taking the 300 hurdles in 47.18.

Second-place Triad was led by junior Claire Buck, who cleared 12-0 to win the pole vault.

The Knights also will be represented at the state finals by Allison Richter (shot put), Tyler Bakarich (triple jump), Abby Richter (800 meters) and their 400 relay.

It also was a good meet for the Freeburg Midgets, who won the 3,200 relay and got state-qualifying efforts from Chelsea Hill (pole vault), Abby Lealaimatafao (shot put) and their 1,600 relay.

Mascoutah freshman Mackenzie Dixon earned a state berth in the 800.

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