It was quite a weekend for metro-east athletes at the IHSA boys state track and field meet, where on Saturday the Cahokia Comanches and Edwardsville Tigers both earned team titles.
For Cahokia, the Comanches capped a dominating weekend by claiming the Class 2A championship with 119 points, breaking the all class record of 99 1/2 points they had set in 2012. It also was the fifth straight state championship for the Comanches, also a record for boys track and field.
Burlington Central finished second in Class 2A, well behind the Comanches with 37 points.
The Comanches now own seven state team titles overall, all of them coming since 2006 under coach Leroy Millsap.
For Edwardsville, the Tigers took the Class 3A championship with 55 points. It is the first team title in boys track and field for Edwardsville.
Evanston and (Naperville) Nequa Valley tied for second behind the Tigers with 37 points.
Leading the way for the Comanches was junior Jamari Ward.
After turning in what proved-to-be winning efforts in the long jump, a state record 25-feet, 0 1/4-inches, and triple jump, a Class 2A record 50-6, in Friday’s preliminaries, Ward concentrated on a pair of relays Saturday, where he helped the Comanches post two more state records.
Marks established in Friday’s preliminaries of the long jump and triple jump carried over to Saturday, leaving Ward with the option of not to jump.
In the 400-meter relay, the team of Marquis Murray, Keveion Akins, Chrishawn Crosby and Ward ran a time of 41.12 seconds, breaking a record set by a Cahokia quartet in 2006.
The same four Comanches later combined to win the 800 relay in 1:25.93 , breaking a state record Cahokia had established in 2007.
Cahokia’s other two wins also came in the relays, the team of Chris Stanley , Chris McGee, Murray and Tyran Lyons won the 1,600 relay with a Class 2A record time of 3:17.57.
The Comanches got their day on the track started with a win the 3,200 relay, where Stanley, McGee, Chris Raymond and Lyons easily won with a time of 7:53.53.
For Edwardsville, the Tigers only championship came in the long jump, where Fontez Davis took the long jump with a leap of 23-6.
The metro-east also had five more champions, Belleville West’s Ricky Nelson got off a throw of 192-3 to win the discus, moving past Edwardsville sophomore AJ Epenesa, who led coming out of preliminaries but finished second at 191-7.
Also in Class 3A, Belleville East’s William Session ran a 14.25 to win the 110 high hurdles and the East St. Louis team of Deonte Anderson, Roosevelt Davis, Jevin Johnson and Keonte Pearson ran a 3:15.24 to claim the 1,600 relay.
Highland’s Tyler Higgins ran a 48.29 to win the 400 in Class 2A, while in Class 1A Madision’s Andre McGill took the 200 with a 21.73.
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