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Cahokia falls short of four-peat at Class 2A State Track Meet

Cahokia senior Mariya Hudson heads to victory in the 400-meter dash as she closed out her high school career with her sixth individual state championship.
Cahokia senior Mariya Hudson heads to victory in the 400-meter dash as she closed out her high school career with her sixth individual state championship. For the News-Democrat

Cahokia senior Mariya Hudson ended her high school career with a title in the 400-meter dash — her sixth-career state championship — as she helped lead the Comanches to a second-place finish at the IHSA state track and field meet in Charleston.

Hudson won the 400-meter dash in a photo finish with a time of 54.48 seconds, finishing .03 seconds ahead of Decatur Eisenhower junior Tina Martin.

Hudson also finished third in the long jump and second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

But it wasn’t enough to help the Comanches win a fourth-straight state championship.

The Dunlap High School Eagles swept the four relays and scored 78 points to unseat Cahokia as state champions.

“We knew coming in that they (Dunlap) were strong from top to bottom,” Cahokia coach Roscoe Dowell said. “I guess when you say that a team scored 78 points and won all four relays that they were the better team today. You just have to tip your hat to them.”

Cahokia, also received three medals from LaQwasia Stepney and placed in the top seven in two relays.

Also earning Class 2A state medals were Waterloo sophomore Jenna Schwartz, who was seventh in the 3,200 meters, while Mascoutah senior Mackenzie Dixon earned the seventh place medal in the 800 meters.

Freeburg finished third in the 3,200 meter relay.

Lebanon senior wins three medals

Entering O’Brien Stadium on Saturday with two career Class 1A state medals, Lebanon senior Casey Berberich left with five as she placed in the top nine in three events to lead the way for Class 1A athletes.

Berberich closed out her career with a fifth place medal in the 300 meter hurdles after placing fifth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump earlier in the day.

“I clipped a couple of hurdles or maybe I would have been able to place fourth in the 300, but overall, I’m ecstatic,” Berberich said. “To be able to earn three medals this weekend ... that was my goal.”

Madison High School also had three medalists: Janiya Collins was sixth in the high jump and eighth in the 200 meters while Delphanae Griffin was seventh in the triple jump.

Okawville was sixth in the 3,200-meter relay while Wesclin was ninth in the 400-meter relay.

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