Big hits, kicks and jumps
A year after having their season and state championship dreams come to a sudden end, the East St. Louis Flyers reclaimed the Southwestern Conference track title Wednesday at Collinsville High School.
Nationally-ranked Willie Johnson blazed to a winning-time of 48.02 seconds in winning the 400 meters as the Flyers scored a slim victory over Edwardsville and O’Fallon in the seven-team meet.
Expected to contend for the Class 2A state championship a year ago, East St. Louis saw its seasons ended after a fight broke out in the grandstands. The meet was canceled and East St. Louis Superintendent Arthur Culver later canceledthe remainder of the Flyers’ season, citing safety concerns.
The Flyers, who also got a championship effort from all-state basketball player Terrence Hargrove Jr., who won the high jump, finished with 145.5 points, eight more than Edwardsville (137.5). O’Fallon was third with 130.5 points.
Hargrove cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump. Other East St. Louis wins came from Andrew Johnson (14.8) in the 110 meter hurdles, the 800 meter relay (1:28.2) and 1,600 meter relay (3:20.2).
Edwardsville’s wins came from Kenyon Johnson (23 feet, 8 inches) in the long jump and the triple jump (45-8), and Roland Prenzler won the 3,200 meters (9:58.2) and 1,600 meters (4:23.2)
Winning titles for O’Fallon were Nicholas Farmer (50 feet, 10 inches) in the shot put and discus (143, feet 6 inches), and Keijhuan James in the 300 meter hurdles (38.9).
Other champions included Collinsville sprinter Jermarrion Stewart in the 100 meters (10.66 seconds) and 200 meters (21.5 seconds), Trison Paul of Belleville East in the pole vault (14 feet, 9 inches) and Belleville East won the 3,200 meter relay (8:14.6) and Belleville West won the 400 meter relay in 42.1 seconds.