The Cahokia Comanches quest for a fourth Class 2A state track and field championship got off to a successful start Thursday with a lopsided title run at the Herrin Sectional.
Senior Gary Hickman led the way with wins in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and the Comanches swept the relays en route to scoring 152 points, 92 more than runner-up Carbondale.
In all, Cahokia qualified for the Class 2A state meet in 13 events and will be represented by 17 entries.
The boys state track meet will be held May 29-31 at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Other individual champs for the Comanches included Jamari Ward (long jump) and Jalen Monigan (triple jump).
Ward, who won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, placed third in the triple jump at 46-2, but still exceded the state-qualifying standard.
Fourth-place Triad also qualified all four of its relays while Adam Nelson led the way for the Knights in the individual events by running a 10.82 to win the 100.
Ben Richter of Triad qualified in the 3,200 meters.
Mascoutah got a wins from both of the Affolder brothers.
Noah Affolder, a freshman, ran a 9:39.03 to win the 3,200 while, while senior Murphy Affolder clocked in at 4:21.36 to claim the 1,600.
Indians teammate Barry Richardson advanced with a second-place finish in the long jump.
Waterloo juniors Lance Mueller and Cole Rodenburg both qualifiled in the 1,600 while Columbia senior Sean McCarty earned a state berth in the 800.