High School Sports

Midgets pull off sweep at Cahokia Conference track meet

Overcoming the dominance of the sprints by Central freshman Faye Meissner, Freeburg was able to hold off the Cougars to win the girls division while standout Alex Mack dominated in the boys’ distance events Wednesday, as the Midgets swept the Cahokia Conference track and field meets at Freeburg High School.

Showing no signs of being nervous in her first conference meet, Meissner won the 400 meters in a time of a minute and 1.20 seconds and also claimed the 100 and 200 for Central.

But like it has been for the past several years, the depth of the Midgets proved too much.

The sweep, although not a real surprise, was gratifying to coach J. R. Brentlinger and the Midgets’ coaching staff.

“We are very proud of the boys' and girls' track teams. Winning the conference meet is a big accomplishment,’’ Brentlinger said. “We want to thank the kids for being such hard workers and being dedicated to the team. We are proud of them.’’

The Midgets received wins from Emily Marler in the 800 (2:28.87), Emily Vahlkamp in the triple jump (35 feet 5 inches) and Jenna Kennedy in the discus (110-7). Freeburg also won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, as it finished with 180 points.

Central was second with 114 points. Wesclin (74) placed third.

The Cougars also won the 400 and 800 relays, while another freshman, Abbie Hortsmann, claimed the high jump.

While Freeburg had to hold off Central for the team title, two of the state’s top individuals won two events apiece.

Red Bud junior Keri Burmester, the 2014 Belleville News-Democrat Class A cross country runner of the year, won the 1,600 (5:25.5) and the 3,200 (11:57.8), while Lebanon sophomore Casey Berberich won the 300 hurdles (47.4) and long jump (17 feet).

Other individual champions included Wesclin’s Erin Johnson in the 100 hurdles and Teah Bliven in the pole vault. Dupo’s Leia Campbell won the shot put.

Boys division

Only a sophomore, Mack won the 1,600 in 4:52 and captured the 3,200 in 10:35 to lead the way for the Midgets, who also got a win on the track from Drew Wilkerson in the 800, as they finished with 157 points.

Wesclin (103 points) and Columbia (89) rounded out the top three.

Also winning two titles for the Midgets was senior Logan Schraufnagel, who took home the top medal in the long jump (20-0 1/2) and 300 hurdles (40.96). Freeburg also won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

Second-place Wesclin was led by the Cahokia Conference’s and one of the state’s top sprinters in Justin Goff, who won the 100 in 11.26 seconds and the 200 in 23.03 seconds.

Goff also ran on the Warriors’ winning 400 relay. Wesclin also got a win from Blake Laird in the pole vault (13-0) and Oliver Wuebbels in the triple jump (40-1 1/2 inches).

Third-place Columbia got a win from Ethan Snow in the high jump. Red Bud senior standout Mitchell Hooten won the discus (142-10) and the shot put (48-7 1/2).

Other individual winners included Gabriel Silva of Lebanon (400) and Antonio Cozart of Dupo (110 hurdles).

Creporter Dean Criddle at dcriddle@bnd.com or 618-239-2661.