Doing his part to fill the void left by an injured Ja’Mari Ward, Cahokia senior Anthony McRoberts won the long jump and triple jump and also claimed a top three performance in the high jump as the Comanches rolled to the easy win on Friday at the Class 2A Carterville Sectional track meet.
Headed to Illinois State University, McRoberts won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 3 1/2 inches and also captured the triple jump with an effort of 47 feet, 5 inches. The Comanches standout also went 6 feet, 5 inches in the high jump. McRoberts will lead a Comanches team which will be represented at the state finals by 13 entries.
The state track and field meet for boys will be held May 26-28 at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Cahokia also got wins in the 800, 3,200 and 1,600 meter relay and from senior Tyran Lyons in the 400 meters. The win at Carterville came without Ward. One of the top high school track and field athletes in the entire nation, Ward suffered a dislocated left kneecap at the Collinsville Invitational two weeks ago and was lost for the remainder of the season.
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While Cahokia competed without its best, Triad’s best was in top form. Senior Adam Nelson, a DePaul recruit, won the 100 meters in a time of 11 seconds and the 200 meters in 22.64 seconds. Nelson also ran on the Knights winning 400 meter relay team.
Clayton Nickerson. of Triad. qualified in the 110 hurdles.
Waterloo senior Greysan Moehrs will be competing in the 110 meter hurdles for the second straight year. Moehrs medaled in the 110 hurdles a year ago. Also advancing to state from Waterloo is Noah Hays in the 400 meters.
The Mascoutah Indians will be represented at state by their 1,600 and 3,200 meter relay teams along with Zach Wheeler in the discus and Chris Ferguson-Scott in the 400 meters.
For Freeburg, Charlie Parrish (3,200 meters) and Drew Wilkerson (800 meters) advanced.