Edwardsville takes top honors at own boys track sectional

News-DemocratMay 24, 2014 

The Edwardsville Tigers seemed to peaking at the right time based on their performance Friday at the Class 3A Edwardsville Track and Field Sectional.

Senior Craig James won the 110- and 300-meter hurdle titles while Fontez Davis and Wes Schoenthal also captured individual championships as Edwardsville breezed to the team title at Edwardsville High School.

One of the more versatile athletes in the metro-east, James ran a time of 14.07 to win the 110 hurdles then later turned in a sparkling time of 38.10 in the 300 hurdles

Schoenthal won the 800 in 1:56.3, while Davis duplicated his Southwestern Conference title in the long jump, winning with a leap of 22-feet, 8 inches.

Edwardsville, which finished with 109 points, will be represented by seven individuals and three relays at the boys state track meet, May 29-31 at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.

Bloomington placed second with 73 points, followed by Belleville West with 73 points.

It also was a good night for the West, which qualified in three relays and had four individuals earn state bids.

Junior Ricky Nelson led the way for West by qualifying in both the shot put (53-3) and discus (163--0).

Senior Evan Alcorn advanced in the 800, while sophomore Deshon Buchanan will compete in the 200.

Junior Antione Davis rounded out the Maroons qualifiers by advancing in the long jump.

O'Fallon was led by senior Patrick Perrier, who won the 3,200 in 9:16.88. Perrier also earned a bid in the 1,600, placing second to teammate Dorrian Gordon.

Gordon won the race in 4:23.3, while Perrier finished in 4:24.1 The Panthers also qualified in the 800 relay and discus, where senior Dan Ryan qualified with a throw of 161-7.

East St. Louis qualified its 400, 800 and 1,600 relays. The Flyers' Devonte Smith (long jump) and Roosevelt Davis (400) also will compete in Charleston.

Collinsville senior Martinus Mitchell will compete at state in both the shot put and discus while Belleville East junior J'Marius Morris (110 hurdles) also moved on.

Granite City senior Quinetin Jackson cleared 6-5 to win the high jump.

Class 1A

Sparta Sectional

Wesclin senior Ronnie Drummond won the 110- and 300-meters hurdles while junior Justin Goff captured the 100 and 200 to lead the Warriors to a second-place finish Friday at the Class 1A Sparta Sectional .

Host Sparta, getting a pair of wins from senior Kenny Heaton in the 1,600 and 3,200 won the title with 115 points.

Wesclin (85 points) and Nashville (73) rounded out the top three schools.

Sparta's other wins came from Justin Kiefer (pole vault), Shaun Rodgers (high jump) and Dylan Huether in the 800. The Bulldogs also qualified in three of four relays.

Third-place Nashville was led by standout Chase Hagene, who won the shot put (48-feet 10-inches), while sophomore Jackson Pierce won the 800.

Red Bud will be represented at the state finals by Caleb Grohman in the high jump, Mitchell Hooten, who won the discus with a throw of 155-7 1/2 and Ethan DuClos (800 and 1,600).

Lebanon's Zach Curtis qualified in the 3,200. Althoff's 400 relay placed second and earned a trip to Charleston.

Class 2A Springfield Southeast Sectional

The Springfield Senators used their strength in the relays to win the team title at Springfield Southeast High School.

Highland qualified for the Class 2A meet in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, while Wood River senior William McLemore won the 3,200 to lead the way for local athletes.

Class 1A

Carlinville Sectional

Madison junior Andre McGill won the 100 and 200 and the Trojans won four titles in all while placing third at Carlinville.

McGill won the 100 with a time of 11.02, then capped a solid night by taking home the top prize in the 200 with a 22.53.

Madison also won the 800 relay and placed second in the 400 relay, earning state berths in both.

Senior Darrian Crawford won the triple jump with a leap of 43-4 3/4.

Rounding out the Trojans state qualifiers was senior Keith Thorpe, who placed second in the 300 hurdles.

New Berlin and Carlinville tied for the team title with 65 points. Madison was next with 62 points.

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