The Cahokia Comanches are counting on senior Mariya Hudson to lead them to a fourth straight Class 2A girls state track championship this season.
Hudson had atime last week of 54.90 seconds in the 400 meters and the 200 meters (24.07 seconds). She also has the second best time of 12.06 seconds in the 100 meters and the sixth best long jump at 18 feet 5 inches.
Teammate LaQwasia Stepney has the best time in the 100 meter hurdles (14.21 seconds) and has the fourth best long jump at 18 feet 8 1/2 inches. The Comanches are also among the top six in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meter relays.
The Comanches will be challenged by Dunlap High School, which has the best time in the state in all four relays.
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The 2017 IHSA girls state Track and field meet begins Thursday with the Class 1A preliminaries. Class 2A and Class 3A preliminaries are Friday and the finals are Saturday.
Two other metro-east athletes, Freeburg junior Stephanie Jacobs and Mascoutah senior Mackenzie Dixon, could also compete for individual state championships.
East St. Louis among favorites in Class 3A
The East St. Louis Flyerettes will try to win a state championship this weekend behind Evangeline Harris, Jazzmine Poole and Rokelle Stanley.
Stanley has the top Class 3A time in the state in the 300 meter hurdles —43.82 seconds — and the second best time in the 100 meter hurdles at 14.53 seconds. Harris had the best throw in the shot put at 44 feet 11 1/2 inches while Poole had the best throw in the discus at 149 feet 6 inches. The Flyerettes also have the top time in the state in the 1,600 meter relay at 3 minutes 56.98 seconds.
The O’Fallon Panthers have the top time in the 400 meter relay (47.09 seconds) and the 800 meter relay (1:39.91). East St. Louis is fifth at 1:42.48. Panthers senior Tamya Houston is seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 12.09 seconds.
Belleville West will be led by sophomore Kelvi Searcy whose time of 14.75 is the third best in the 100 meters hurdles. Brittany Walker has the sixth best triple jump (37 feet 6 3/4 inches). Granite City has the third best time in the 400 meter relay (47.94 seconds), while Belleville West is sixth at 48.20.
Berberich, Wesclin lead Class 1A athletes
Lebanon High School senior Casey Berberich could earn a pair of medals at the Class 1A state track meet on Thursday.
Berberich had the eighth best triple jump in the state while competing during the Chester Sectional. Berberich jumped 34 feet 9 1/2 inches, which is just better than Okawville junior Madison Hackstadt, who has the ninth best jump at 34 feet 9 1/4 inch.
The Wesclin Warriors have the fourth best time in the state in the 400 meter relay (50/99 seconds) and the sixth best time in the 800 meter relay at 1 minute 49.08 seconds.
Althoff sprinter Epiphany Smith is currently fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.99 seconds.