ST. LOUIS AMERICAN • MAY 3 – 9, 2012
TRACK & FIELD NOTEBOOK With Earl Austin Jr.
Spectacular invitational Girls compete in Clayton for first time One can always count on some great individual performances and the Marion Freeman Clayton Invitational. Class 3 standouts Charles Jones of Cardinal Ritter and Alfred Larry of Jennings certainly did not disappoint as they turned in some spectacular efforts on the afternoon. Jones turned the event on its ear with his winning performance in the Blue Division 800-meter run. His winning time of 1 minute 51.43 seconds is one of the fastest times in the nation. And the young man is only a sophomore. The Class 3 state record is currently held by former Willard superstar and USA Olympian Jason Pyrah, who ran a 1:51.xx at the 1987 state meet. I saw that race. It was incredible. Jones appears on his way to such feats in the future. Larry was just as dominant in winning the 200- and 400meter dashes in the Blue Division. He won the 200 in 21.74 seconds, but his saved his best effort for his favorite event, the 400, in which he circled the track in 47.46. For the first time, the
Clayton Invitational had girls compete and we saw the emergence of a pair of excellent freshmen from Cardinal Ritter in JaiAnna Williams and Chasity Franklin. They finished first and second in the 400 with Williams finishing first in 57.11 and Franklin taking second in 57.44. Franklin came back to win the 200 and both led the Lions to a firstplace finish in the 4x400-meter relay. Senior Hali Ford of Affton was a triple-winner in the high jump, triple jump and 100meter high hurdles. The Hazelwood Central boys continued to lower their area’s best time in the 4x400. The Hawks took home the title in 3 minutes 18.89 seconds. East St. Louis won the boys division team title while MICDS took home the girls team championship trophy. Quality in Kirkwood The Dale Collier Invitational at Kirkwood also produced some quality results. Markita Rush of East St. Louis
won the 300-meter low hurdles in 44.13 seconds. The Flyerettes also won the 4x200meter relay and the 4x400 relay in an impressive time of 3:56.17. University City’s Chantel Bethune won the 400 in 57.7 while Whitney Adams of Francis Howell dropped down to the 100 from the 400 to win in 11.96. Peyton of Nernix Senior Peyton Chaney of Nernix Hall was the top individual performer at the Eureka Invitational. Chaney pulled off the sprint triple in winning the 100, 200 and 400. Impressive in Collinsville Belleville West looked impressive in winning the Collinsville Invitational team championship. Claudette Day won the long jump and 100meter high hurdles while teammate Jessica Oranika won the 200 and 400.
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Prep Athlete of the Week
Jehu Chesson Ladue – Boys Track and Field The senior standout won two events at the Dale Collier Invitational at Kirkwood last Saturday. Chesson swept both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles while posting impressive times in the process. Chesson won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.7 seconds, then came back to win the 300-meter intermediates hurdles in 37.66 seconds. One of the top athletes in the state of Missouri, Chesson won the Class 4 state championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior in 2011. Chesson was also a standout wide receiver for the Rams’ football team during the fall. He will attend the University of Michigan on a football scholarship next season.
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J eff Fisher added more pieces to the defense as well drafting talented Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson for the secondary. Then picked linebacker Harry Brown in the seventh round who might be the perfect fit for the new look Rams defense. So, for once I like a draft. I know Claibs will shake his head at me. That’s okay. Had I seen him on draft day, he might have got a Roger Goodell hug.
2.0 steals to lead the Red Knights to a third-place finish in the Missouri Class 5 state tournament. She led Incarnate Word to the state championship as a junior in 2011. Both players will be headed to the state of Indiana to play collegiate basketball. Biedscheid signed with Notre Dame while Manuel will play at Purdue next season.
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