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Cahokia begins quest for fourth-straight Class 2A state title

Cahokia High School senior Mariya Hudson will lead the Comanches at the Springfield Southeast Track and Field Sectional on Wednesday
Cahokia High School senior Mariya Hudson will lead the Comanches at the Springfield Southeast Track and Field Sectional on Wednesday

Cahokia girls track and field coach Roscoe Dowell says the Comanches are ready to compete for a fourth-straight Class 2A state title, May 18-20 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.

But some things — such as the weather — are out of his control.

Training in the halls of Cahokia High School more than Dowell would prefer because of the recent heavy rains left the Comanches a bit banged up heading into the Class 2A Springfield Sectional on Wednesday.

“You can only do so much training running in the halls. Plus, running on the hard surfaces takes more of a toll on the girls than it does the boys,” Dowell said on Monday. “I think we’re as healthy as we’re going to be.”

The three days of events at Springfield Southeast High School begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The top two place winners in each event and any others equaling state track meet times and distances qualify for the 2017 IHSA girls state track meet in Charleston.

Triad, Highland, Central and Civic Memorial are also among the teams competing Wednesday at Springfield Southeast.

A second Class 2A sectional involving local athletes is at 4 p.m. Thursday at Salem High School, where Cahokia Conference champion Freeburg and Mississippi Valley Conference champion Mascoutah will be joined by Columbia and Waterloo.

The Class 1A and Class 3A Sectionals are at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Class 1A Chester Sectional features 16 teams, including Althoff, Mater Dei, Metro East Lutheran, Dupo, Lebanon, Red Bud, Nashville, New Athens, Okawville, Madsion, Wesclin and Gibault.

The Class 3A Belleville West Sectional begins at 2 p.m. Friday at Belleville West High School. East St. Louis and Edwardsville, favorites to contend for the Class 3A state title, and O’Fallon headline the field, which also includes Granite City, Belleville West, Belleville East, Alton and Collinsville.

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