High School Sports

East St. Louis nips O’Fallon for Southwestern Conference title

The East St. Louis Flyerettes win at the Southwestern Conference track and field meet on Tuesday proved to be one for the ages.

In a battle of two of the top Class 3A teams in the state, the Flyerettes 4x400 meter relay team raced to an eight second win to give East St. Louis a one point win over O’Fallon at Clyde Jordan Stadium.

The team of Shonjahnae Griggs, Jada Marshall, Jariah Turner and Rokelle Stanley finished with a time of 3 minutes 54.59 seconds — the best time in the state this season — for the Flyerettes who edged O’Fallon 165-164 for the championship.

The victory over O’Fallon is the second in six days for East St. Louis, who also defeated the Panthers at the St. Clair County Meet. But this time, O’Fallon came within an eyelash of pulling off the win over an East St. Louis team which could contend for a Class 3A in a little over two weeks.

O’Fallon coach Neil James said outcome could have gone either way.

“It was so close. We had a few events where we could have done a little better but I am sure they did to,” James said. “East St. Louis is a great team and both of us had outstanding performances.”

It was a great meet. possibly the best conference meet in the state with some amazing performances and one of the best in recent memory.”

The Flyerettes were led by a pair of wins each from Jazzmine Poole and Rokelle Stanley. Poole won the discus with a throw 132 feet 3 inches and also won the shot put with an effort of 42 feet 3 3/4 inches.

Stanley, one of the preimier multi-event athletes in the state, was in top form as she won the 100 meter hurdles in 14.47 seconds and also captured the 300 meter hurdles championship in 46.5 seconds. Flyerettes sophomore Jariah Turner took home the first place medal in the 400 meters. Turner finished with a time of 58.71 seconds.

O’Fallon’s effort was led by senior Tamya Houston. ne of the top sprinters in the state, Houston won the 100 meters in 12.05 seconds also won the 200 meter SWC title with a time of 25.12 seconds. Teammate Mya Watson-Blake won the long jump with an effort of 16 feet 4 inches, while junior Brooke Witzig took the 3,200 meter championship with a time of 11 minutes 31 seconds. O’Fallon also won the 400 and 800 meter relay championships.

Belleville West, getting a win from Brittany Walker in the triple jump (36 feet 2 inches) placed third in the team competition with 94 points, followed by Edwardsville with 86. The Tigers received wins from Lorie Cashdollar (2:19.19) in the 800 meters and Abby Korak in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes 21.64 seconds).

Edwardsville also won the 3,200 meter relay.

Belleville East received a win from Sandra Sledge in the pole vault (9 feet), while Alton senior Katie Mans won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 5 inches.