Cahokia girls track coach Roscoe Dowell had a look of concern as senior Raynesha Lewis limped to the starting line for the start of the 100 meter hurdles on Friday at the Class 2A Mascoutah Sectional.
The defending state champion in the long jump, Lewis tweaked a nagging foot injury just minutes earlier while winning the long jump.
“It’s one of those nagging injuries. She was limping on it pretty good after the long jump,” Dowell said. “We just want to get her through this and have her take one jump in the triple jump to qualify. Then she can rest the rest of the day.”
Once in the starting blocks, Lewis put the injury behind her as she blazed to the win in a time of 14.68 seconds to lead the way for the Comanches who advanced 14 entries in all to the Class 2A state finals which will be held May 20-21 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Lewis, who advanced in the long jump, triple jump and high jump, teamed with junior Mariya Hudson to lead the Comanches to the team title on Friday at Mascoutah High School.
Hudson, the defending state champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, breezed in all three and also ran a leg on the Comanches 400-meter relay team which won its race. Cahokia also took the 800 and 1,600 meter titles as part of an overwhelming performance.
Schwartz, Arbus win titles
Waterloo freshman Jenna Schwartz won the 3,200 meters and Triad senior Gabby Arbus won the pole vault to lead the way for their teams.
Schwartz, an all-state runner during the cross country season, won the 3,200 meters in a time of 11 minutes, 35 seconds and will be joined by Bulldogs teammate Genna Bourgeios, who qualified in the high jump.
Arbus joined current University of Wisconsin standout Claire Buck as Triad athletes who have won sectional titles in the pole vault. Arbus, who won the event over Freeburg sophomore Stephanie Jacobs, because of fewer misses, jumped 10 feet, 7 inches.
Other Knights advancing to Charleston were Allison Richter in the shot put and discus and twin sister Abigail Richter in the 800 meters.
Jacobs, a state medal winner a year ago in the pole vault, will be joined at state by Freeburg athletes Jenna Kennedy in the discus and Kayla Whitworth in the 1,600 meters.
Mississippi Valley Conference champion Mascoutah advanced individual athletes Mackenzie Dixon in the 800 meters and Sydney Brown in the 100-meter dash. Columbia’s Kelsey Weatherford advanced in the pole vault.