Cahokia senior Marquis Murray won the long jump and 200-meter while teammate Chris Stanley out-kicked Freeburg senior Drew Wilkerson to win the 800-meter Thursday as Cahokia won the team title at the Mascoutah track and field sectional.
With Murray, Stanley and its 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams combing to win six events, Cahokia finished the day with 122 1/2 points to easily beat Marion (77 points) and Mascoutah (71 1/2) for the team title.
But in the eyes of coach Leroy Millsap, the sectional championship was secondary.
“With the exception of the 300-meter hurdles, we advanced everybody we we thought we could today. I was very pleased,” Millsap said. “We’ve still got a week to get ready for state. If we take care of ourselves and not worry about anybody else we can bring home a trophy.”
Also winning titles for Cahokia on Thursday were Keondre Wells (110-meter hurdles), Andre Ward (triple jump) and Brandon Roberson (400-meter). They will be among the large group of Comanches who will compete in the Class 2A state track and field meet, which is May 26-27 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Mascoutah won the 3,200-meter relay and also advanced its 800-meter relay team, which placed second behind Cahokia. Among the individuals moving on were Ethan Price, who was second behind Freeburg standout Charlie Parrish in the 3,200-meter, and Zach Wheeler who placed second in the discus to Sam Sikon, of Carbondale. Ryan Davis advanced in the 110-meter hurdles, and Brandon Johnson advanced in the 800-meter, also for the Indians.
Sikon is the defending state champion in the shot put.
Mascoutah coach Darren Latham liked what he saw from his team Thursday.
“We advanced a lot of kids which was out goal coming into today,” Latham said. “Zach (Wheeler) didn’t have a great throw in the discus, but he advanced, while I thought our 800- and 3,200-meter relay teams looked very strong. We’ll see how many kids we can get into the finals, but we’re hoping for a top 10 finish at state.”
Parrish led the way for Freeburg with his win in the 3,200-meter, while Ian Alberts (pole vault), Brendan Meng (long jump) and Wilkerson (800-meter) also advanced.
Among the qualifiers for Triad were Johnnie Caswell who won the 100-meter and sophomore Jadon Elliott in the pole vault. Ben Rakers advanced in the 110-meter hurdles for Central, while Waterloo advanced in the 1,600-meter relay.