SHS jumpers have strong day

Monday, May 21, 2007

FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs track and field team qualified several athletes for the state meet during Saturday's Class 3 sectional meet at Farmington High School.

Sikeston's strongest efforts came in the jumping events where they qualified four boys and one girl.

Dominic Fondon and Demetrious Jackson qualified in the triple jump while Eli Jackson and Mark Williamson both qualified in the long jump.

Demetrious Jackson leaped 43-9 1/2 to take second place while Fondon leaped 43-6 1/2 to take fourth.

Eli Jackson took second with a leap of 21-6 while Williamson took third with a leap of 21-2.

Fondon is a repeat qualifier after taking sixth in the state in the triple jump last year as a freshman.

On the girls side, Teah Atkinson also qualified in the triple jump with a personal-record leap of 35-6 1/4.

Senior Salamar Cox qualified for the second time in the shot put with a third place toss of 51-10, a season-best throw.

On the track, however, Sikeston had a disappointing day. The Bulldogs' top-

seeded 4 x 200 meter relay and the 4 x 100 meter relay did not qualify, taking fifth and seventh respectively.

Sikeston's 4 x 400 meter relay, comprised of Ismail Johnson, Gavilan Bland, Fondon and Dominique McCray placed third to qualify with a time of 3:31.59, a season-best time for the Bulldogs' relay.

On the girls side, Sikeston's 4 x 200 meter relay qualified with a time of 1:47.06. Michel'le Flye, Kasia Howard, Chasman Herrion and Willa Triblett ran the event.

Locally, New Madrid County Central's Antiwaan Smoot placed third in the 200 meter dash to qualify with a time of 22.92.

Dexter's girls 4 x 800 meter relay team of Gabrielle Greer, Jill Temples, Natalie Jackson and Brittany Waldner qualified with a third place finish at 10:10.27.

JEFFERSON?CITY?-- Kelly freshman Londyn Backfish claimed three medals in the Class 2 State Track Meet in Jefferson City.

Backfish finished second in the Class 2 400 in 59.85, she was fourth in the 200 in 26.15 and fifth in the 100 in 12.70.

Backfish also qualified in the high jump but did not compete in it Saturday. The high jump was scheduled at the same time as the 200 and 400.

"I'm just ecstatic with my results," Backfish said. "I didn't realize how big an accomplishment it was to get here. It just really makes you feel good that you made it here.

"I'm so happy. I've had so much help form my teammates. I couldn't have made it here without them."

Backfish nearly won the 400. Tanna Prenger won in 58.57 seconds. Backfish started out slow but passed several runners in the final 100 meters and just fell short of Prenger.

"That's how I do it. I hang back and give a kick," Backfish said. "It's not usually the best style, but it works with me."

Scott City freshman Stephanie Essner did not compete in the 100 hurdles finals due to an injury, but she did walk the track in the 400 to claim her eighth-place medal. Essner won her heat in the 400 on Friday, and would have likely qualified in the 200 finals as well if not for the injury.

Scott County Central junior D.D. Gillespie brought home four all-state medals Saturday. Gillespie was third in the 400 (51.61), fifth in the 200 (23.65) and eighth in the 100 (11.72). Gillespie also anchored the 800 relay, which finished fifth in 1:35.57. Ron Banks, Drew Thomas and Rhazi Jones also ran on the relay.

Kelly senior Spencer Ayers was all-state in the Class 2 shot put with a sixth-

place throw of 50-7 3/4. Also in Class 2, Chaffee sophomore Trenton Horman finished sixth in the high jump, clearing 6-2.

Scott City junior Derek Goodin was fifth in the Class 2 300 hurdles in 41.63, followed by Chaffee junior Gage Harrell in sixth in 42.09.

Chaffee also got an all-state performance from senior Rachel Hendrix in the 800. Hendrix passed six runners on the second lap and finished seventh in 2;26.95.

Kelly freshman Cody Kern was 14th in the 3,200 in 10:57.36. Scott City was 11th in the 3,200 relay in 8:31.17, and Kelly was 13th in 8:37.68.

Caleb Johnson rounded out Scott County's first-year state qualifiers in 12th in the high jump. Johnson cleared 5-8 on Friday.

Malden successfully defended its Class 2 state championship with 72 points, beating out Crystal City's 53.

Jeremy Joffray of the SEMO?News Service contributed to this report.

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