Comanches corral Class 2A girls state track title

News-DemocratMay 24, 2014 

IHSA Girls State Track

Glenbard South's Katelyn Hill, left, of Glen Ellyn and Cahokia's Raynesha Lewis, right, cross the finish line in the preliminaries of the Class 2A 1,600-meter relay Friday at the IHSA Girls State Track and Field Meet in Charleston. The Comanches won the team championship on Saturday.

KEVIN KILHOFFER — AP

The Cahokia Comanches closed strong to earn their first girls state track and field team championship on Saturday at O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.

Trailing Normal University High School 54-50 with two events remaining, the Comanches got a third-place from freshman Mariya Hudson in the 200-meter dash and took sixth in the 1,600 relay to take the Class 2A championship.

The Comanches finished with 61 points while U-High, which did not have a competitor in either of the final two track events, took second with 54.

Earlier in the meet, Hudson had won the 400 with a time of 55.65 seconds, placed seventh in the long jump and was ninth in the 100 hurdles.

Comanches senior Daisha Townsend earned second places in the both the shot put (42 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and discus (128-1).

The shot put was won by Highland senior Lena Giger, who claimed the event for the third consecutive season with a throw of 45-6.5.

Senior Raynesha Lewis earned third-place medals in both the long jump and triple jump for Cahokia, while also anchoring its sixth-place 1,600 relay.

The Comanches also posted a fourth-place in the 400 relay.

Triad's Claire Buck placed third in the pole vault, while teammate Allison Richter was fifth in the shot put.

In Class 3A, Edwardsville's Aaliyah Covington got off a throw fo 45-2 3/4 in Saturday's finals to move from eighth to second place.

Teammate Kristen Dowell placed fourth in both the 100 high hurdles and 300 hurdles. She also was eighth in the triple jump.

Belleville West's Jasmine Berry also placed in both hurdle events, taking third in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, one spot ahead of Dowell.

O'Fallon's Ciara Jones took fifth in the 100 hurdles.

The Maroons' Kelsey Shannon cleared 5-6 to take fourth in the high jump, placing in that event for the fourth time to close out her high school career.

West also got a fourth out of its 400 relay.

Alton's LaJarvia Brown got off a leap of 40-3 1/2 to win the long jump, three spots ahead of Collinsville's Kayla Marshall.

O'Fallon took fourth in the day's final event, the 1,600 relay.

Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) took the Class 3A title with 72 points, well ahead of runner-up West Aurora's 39. West and Edwardsville topped the metro-east teams, tying for sixth with 25 point.

In Class 1A, Althoff's Cara Brooks finished fourth in the shot put while Wesclin's Erin Johnson took fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Aurora Christion was the Class 1A team champ with 49 points, just four points ahead of runner-up Tremont.

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