Kelly boys, Dexter girls with E.P.Invitational

Sunday, April 4, 2004
Caruthersville's Jimmy Jackson (middle) holds off New Madrid County Central's Jeffery McFarland (far right).

EAST PRAIRIE - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs had a solid day at the East Prairie Track and Field Invitational on Friday at East Prairie High School.

Sikeston finished the day with 111 points to take second place behind Dexter, which blew away the field with 151 points. Scott City came in third with 104 points.

On the boys side, Kelly dominated with 102 points. Kennett came in second with 77 points followed by Caruthersville with 67 points.

The East Prairie Invitational, with 16 girls teams and 14 boys teams, is one of the largest in all of Southeast Missouri.

East Prairie coach Brett Blackman said, despite a few hitches, things went smoothly.

Sikeston's Whitney Turner hands the baton to anchor Latavia Flye.

"I think things went pretty good. It dragged out in the end with so many teams. When you're running on a six-lane track, it takes a while. We got it ran in about four-and-a-half hours, I felt that was a good time. One of the problems is this is a lot of the kids' first track meet and first invitational meet so that always slows things down some."

For Sikeston, senior Rachael Vining was the only athlete to take first in an event as she won both the long and triple jumps.

She jumped 14'10" in the long jump and 30'11 1/2" in the triple. Vining also took second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.74.

Sikeston's relays also performed well, taking second, third and fourth in the 4 x 400, 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 respectively.

"I was pleased with our performance," said Sikeston head coach Jerry Dement. "The girls are slowly but surely improving all the time. I thought our girls relays ran real good today. I was pleased with our jumping events and our hurdlers. We had some young girls step up that hadn't been competing a lot that scored some points for us. The main thing we've gotten in our first three meets is our attitude has been really good. We've got a ways to go but we're getting there. Dexter and Scott City both have good teams. It was good competition and a good day."

Sophomore Tracy Jackson had a solid day for the Lady Bulldogs, taking second in both the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. She also placed third in the 100 meter hurdles.

"Tracy Jackson had a good day," said Dement. "She continues to improve in the distance races."

Sikeston's Berneatress Hunt took second in the long jump at 14'8".

With no pole vault event scheduled, senior Paige Kaiser still was able to get some points, placing third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump.

Sikeston's girls will compete in the Paducah Tilghman Invitational next Saturday.

Dexter's Hannah Burleson, still recovering from a lingering knee injury, placed in two different events and ran a leg on the second place 4 x 100 meter relay.

She took second in the 100 meter dash at 12.96 and sixth in the 200 meter dash.

Dexter freshman Haylee Finch picked up some points for the Lady Bearcats as well, taking second in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump and eighth in the high jump.

Dexter's relay teams racked up several points as well, with two seconds, a first and a fourth in the 4 x 800, 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 respectively.

"Dexter really dominated the places," said Blackman. "You look back on it, I think they probably placed two in almost every event to have that type of number with 151 points."

Scott City senior phenom Lauren Groves was the top medalist in the invitational, sweeping her four individual events by enormous landslides.

She took first in the 100 meter hurdles (15.62), the 300 meter hurdles (49.43), the shot put (37'3 1/2") and the discus (147'11"). Her discus throw was more than 56 feet further than second place finisher Taylor Nelson, of Dexter.

On the boys side, Kelly's Michael Glastetter, Tyson Glaser and Nathan Lewer picked up the most points.

Glastetter rolled in the 1600 (4:54), 800 (2:08.04) and 3200 (11:08) meter runs and ran a leg on the 4 x 400 meter relay, which took third.

Glaser took first in the long jump (19'8") and triple jump (39'3"), third in the 100 meter dash (11.44) and eighth in the high jump (5'4").

Lewer took first in the high jump at 6'0", and fourth in the 800 meter run.

"Kelly snuck up and won it," said Blackman. "I didn't realize they were in that position seeding everything up over the weekend. They have three good athletes with Glaser, Glastetter and Lewer, who carried them in the distance, sprints and triple jump and long jump."

East Prairie's top point man was Brent Harland, who took first in the 300 meter hurdles (44.08) and third in the high jump at 5'8".

"We're in the SEMO South Conference so we don't get to see the SEMO Central very much, so we got to see some different competition," said Blackman. "Plus with Sikeston and Saxony and the Jackson junior varsity, that's a bonus to see different people like that."

New Madrid County Central's Jeffery McFarland placed first in the 200 meters (23.09), second in both the 100 meters (10.9) and 400 meters (54.38) and ran a leg on the first place 4 x 200 meter relay. Charleston came in second and Kelly took third.

Charleston took first in the 4 x 100 meter relay, followed by NMCC and Kelly.

"I thought the competition was pretty good so early in the year with all the relays and all the spring events," said Blackman. "We had a lot of races come down to the end in the boys division."

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