Reaffirming their position as one of the top boys track teams in the state, the Edwardsville Tigers had four champions as they romped to an essy win at the Class 3A Normal West Track and Field Sectional on Friday at Bloomington High School.
Led by the top-ranked athlete in the state in the discus in junior AJ Epenesa as well as distance runners Wes Schoenthal and Brydon Groves Scott, the Tigers finished with 116 points, 28 more than runner-up Bloomington as they won the team title. More importantly, Edwardsville will be represented by 13 entries at the Class 3A State Track Meet, May 29-30 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Epenesa won the discus with a throw of 184 feet, 10 inches, more than 21 feet further than Belleville West senior Ricky Nelson. Groves-Scott won the 3,200 meters with a time of 9 minutes 43 seconds, while Schoenthal won the 1,600 meters in 4:14. Fontez Davis took the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 1 inch and the Tiegrs also won the 400 meter relay.
East St. Louis placed third with 55 points as sophomore Delano Anderson pulled off a surprise by winning the 300 meter hurdles. The Flyers also won the 1,600 meter relay, while O’Fallon’s lone win came in the 3,200 meter relay.
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O’Fallonn senior DeMontez McCray, who won the 100, 200 and 400 meter titles at the Southwestern Conference Meet a week ago, qualified for state in the 200 and 400 meters.
Belleville West and Belleville East will be well represented at the state finals. Belleville East junior William Session took home the top prize in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13,98 seconds. Session also advanced in the 300 meter hurdles.
Romajian Smith advanced in the 100 meters for the Lancers which also qualified its 400 and 800 meter relay teams.
Nelson led Belleville West as in addition to advancing in the discus, the Maroons senior won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet 2 1/.2 inches. Also advancing for West was Romello Hatter in the 100 meters and DeShon Buchanan in the 200 meters.
West also moved on in the 400 and 800 meter relays.
Collinsville junior Bailey Crone won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 5 inches.