Tracksters finish fifth in Class 3

Monday, June 2, 2003

Colon wins title in triple jump; NMCC tops in 4x100 relay

JEFFERSON CITY - The Sikeston track and field team placed fifth in the Class 3 State Meet over the weekend.

After finishing seventh last year, the Bulldogs' fifth place finish is the highest they've placed in several years.

"The last four years we've gone from 15th, 10th, 7th, to 5th," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "We're showing steady improvement. We want to be competitive every year. If we had had a banner weekend where everybody did their best we would've got second. But not everything is going to go right. Fifth in the state is nice. In all honesty, our kids had their goals set higher. But they had a great year. We won the district for the third year in a row."

The highlight of the weekend was senior Michael Colon's first place finish in the triple jump with a career best leap of 45-feet, 10 1/2", a whole foot ahead of the second place leaper.

"Since last year when I got second to the guy from Mexico, this is something that I dreamed about," said Colon. "That's the only thing I've been talking about my whole senior year was to get first in the triple jump. Just the fact that I had my whole coaching staff sitting there watching me and then all my teammates came over and watched me and that helped me jump better. It's something that I'm proud to do. It's a big accomplishment."

Colon, who is a three-time all-state triple jumper, is Sikeston's first state champion since Marshaun West won the long jump in 1995.

"When I first started running track I had no idea that it would lead to this," said Colon. "To be an all-stater three times is a great honor."

Said Dement of Colon, "That was a nice effort by him. He's had a good career. He's the example of what we want in our program. He's improved every year. It proves that if kids come out and work hard and get better then you can win a state championship. He's an example of what we're trying to do."

Colon also ran a leg on the 4 x 100 meter relay team which took sixth at 44.18.

Other members of the relay were Tori Rose, Thomas Elery and Felante Larry.

After posting the best time in the preliminary race on Friday, the Bulldogs' 4 x 200 team finished a disappointing fourth place at 1:32.36.

Members of the relay were Rose, Devonte Larry, Elery and F. Larry.

"Rose is another example of what we look for in our athletes," said Dement. "He's been up there three times in the relays. He's showed great leadership and he worked hard. He's a great representative of our town and our community."

The Bulldogs had several other all-staters.

Sophomore Tyler Woodson took seventh in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 16.21.

On Friday, Felante Larry took fourth in the long jump while freshman Clay Lincoln took sixth in the 1600 meter run.

Athletes that competed but did not place were Devonte Larry (300 hurdles), Ryan Gibson (pole vault), Quinton Lamb (400 meter dash) and Paige Kaiser (pole vault).

"I'm really proud of this team, the way they've faced up to big challenges all year," said Dement. "They've been a hard working bunch and a dedicated bunch. They've been a pleasure to coach. We're already looking ahead to next year. We'd like to get back up there and do even better."

Five of the top eight teams in the state were in Sikeston's district.

"It just shows how competitive our area was," said Dement. "We run against good competition all year."

New Madrid County Central placed sixth behind the weekend of Michael Malone.

Malone won the long jump on Friday and came back on Saturday to take fifth in the triple jump and run a leg on the Eagles' first place 4 x 100 meter relay team.

Also for NMCC, Jeffery McFarland placed seventh in the 200 meter dash at 23.24.

Kennett's Tyree Goolsby took second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and he took third in the 400 meter dash.

Notre Dame's Adam Prasanphanich took third in the 100 meter dash.

On the girls side, Dexter's Hannah Burleson took sixth in the 100 meter dash at 13.02. She also ran anchor for Dexter's fourth place 4 x 100 meter relay team at 50.50.

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