State Champs

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 ~ Updated 2:01 PM
Sikeston's Nick Nichols (left) receives the baton from teammate Kyland Gross (right) during the 4x200 relay. Both Nichols and Gross, along with Steven Baker and Spenser Clark, won the Class 3 state championship 4x200 meter relay event during the state meet Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City. (Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)

Relay team wins first state title

JEFFERSON CITY -- For the first time in school history, the Sikeston Bulldogs brought home a state relay championship.

The team of Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark and Nick Nichols won the 4x200 meter relay event Saturday during the Class 3 State Championship Meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City on the campus of Lincoln University.

Sikeston's speed relay team beat out Gateway by .44 of a second to capture their state title. The Bulldogs came in the event as the top seed after a time of 1:28.87 during the preliminary round.

That same team nearly pulled out a second state championship finish in the 4x100 relay.

Baker, Gross, Clark and Nichols won second with a time of 43.35 in the finals.

Grandview took first with a 42.47.

Gross also finished 11th in the long jump competition with a leap of 19-10 3/4.

After the two day meet, as a team, Sikeston finished 13th with a total of 18 points.

On the girls side, defending state championship Betsy Borgsmiller finished fourth in the high jump.

Borgsmiller jumped 5-5 in the finals Saturday failing to reclaim the state title. However, Borgsmiller is one of the first Sikeston girl athletes to be a four-time all-stater.

Sikeston's Allisha Oglesby narrowly missed out on all-state honors in the triple jump with a 34-7 1/2 giving her ninth place.

New Madrid County Central's Rashaunda Summers ended up fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40-2 3/4. With the fourth place finish, the sophomore also earned all-state honors.


800m relay -- 1. Sikeston (Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, Nick Nichols), 1:28.95

400m relay -- 2. Sikeston (Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, Nick Nichols), 43.35

Long jump -- 11. Kyland Gross, 19-10 3/4

Team -- 13. Sikeston 18


High jump -- 4. Betsy Borgsmiller, 5-5

Triple jump -- 9. Allisha Oglesby, 34-7 1/2

Shot put -- 4. Rashaunda Summers (NM), 40-2 3/4

Team -- 23. Sikeston 10, 39. NMCC 5

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