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No Mans, but Alton girls impress at Southwestern Illinois Relays
Edwardsville boys edge East Side for boys title
Greg Shashack, email@example.com Updated 8:56 pm, Friday, March 23, 2018
Alton’s Katie Mans, shown clearing 5 feet, 4 inches to win the Southwestern Illinois Relays last season, was unable to defend her meet title Friday because of illness. But the Redbirds still put up a big day to finish third in the event’s girls division at the Winston Brown Track and Field Complex in Edwardsville. Photo: Billy Hurst / Telegraph File Photo
Billy Hurst / Telegraph File Photo
Alton’s Katie Mans, shown clearing 5 feet, 4 inches to win the Southwestern Illinois Relays last season, was unable to defend her meet title Friday because of illness. But the Redbirds still put up a big day to finish third in the event’s girls division at the Winston Brown Track and Field Complex in Edwardsville.
EDWARDSVILLE – Alton Redbirds girls track got the first-place finish that was expected in the high jump on a soggy Friday at the Winston Brown Track and Field Complex.
But the source of those 10 points were a surprise.
Junior Laila McNeal cleared 4-feet, 10 inches without a miss to beat two other jumpers making that height to help the Redbirds to a third-place finish at the Southwestern Illinois Relays. O’Fallon scored 108 points to win the girls division, with Belleville West second with 101 points, Alton third with 96, Edwardsville fourth with 94 and Belleville East fifth with 91.
Alton’s Katie Mans, the meet’s defending champ in the high jump and the 2017 Telegraph Athlete of the year, woke up ill Friday morning and was unable to compete in the first major outdoor event of her senior season. “Killed me to miss this meet,” Mans wrote in a text.
The eight additional points that likely would have been produced with Mans, a three-time state medalist, jumping in Edwardsville kept the Redbirds from a runner-up finish. But it remained a promising outing for Alton after scoring 69 points and placing sixth here last season.
McNeal also won the long jump with a leap of 17-6.75, while Redbirds junior Jeanea Epps won the 100 meters in 12.68 seconds. Pole vaulter Lauren Weiner placed second with a vault of 7-6.
Alton’s 800 sprint-medley relay unit of Rashia Johnson, Daysha Lacey, Epps and Kellie Mans finished first in 1:53.58. The Redbirds also posted a top-three finish in the 4x100 with Epps, Lacey, Alleyah Tuggle and Johnson getting third in 50.57.
“With the conditions and with the season being so early, I’m already having girls hitting the state-qualifying marks and that’s always exciting to see in the first big outdoor meet of the season,” Alton coach Jaida Moore said.
Edwardsville’s girls had a big day in the relays, along with senior Kaitlyn Singh’s victory in the 1,600 in 5:31.22 ahead of teammate Hannah Stuart, who was third in 5:44.77. The Tigers went 2-3 in the shot put with Quianna Johnson and Haley Sparks both throwing 35-1, and Allysa Johnson was third in the discus at 99-11.
Edwardsville won three relays. Jaydi Swanson, Lorie Cashdollar, Elise Krone and Rachel Kubicek won the 4x400 in 4:15.55. Kaitlyn Loyet, Cashdollar, Melissa Spencer and Abby Korak won the 4x800 in 9:48.23. Spencer, Haley Allard, Loyet, and Abby Schrobilgen won the 4,000 distance-medley in 13:40.44.
The Tigers ran second in the 4x200 with Alexis Boykin, Swanson, Kubicek and Quierra Love circling the track twice in in 1:52.23.
Southwestern Conference powers Edwardsville and East St. Louis hooked up for the first time this season and the Tigers defended their Southwestern Illinois Relays title by edging the Flyers.
Edwardsville, the defending Class 3A state champion, scored 97 points. East Side put up 95, with Rockwood (Mo.) Summit (88), O’Fallon (86) and Belleville West (55) rounding out the top five in an 11-team field. Alton tied Collinsville for sixth with 44 points.
The SWIL title was the fourth in five years for the Tigers, who got first-place performances from junior Max Hartmann (4:43.23) in the 1,600 meters, senior Cameron Kirkpatrick (132-7) in the discus and the 4x800 relay.
Franky Romano, Roland Prenzler, Zach Walters and Jack Pifer covered the 3,200 meters in 8:20.43 to finish first. Walters, Prenzler, Rodney Smith and Pifer ran second in the 4,000-meter distance medley.
The Tigers got a runner-up in the long jump with Kenyon Johnson going 21-5.5. Mascoutah’s Treshun Buckingham broke the meet record with a winning jump of 24-0. Edwardsville’s Blake Williams was third in the shot put with a toss of 44-9.5.
Alton got 18 points from senior Jaquez Roberson, who won the shot put with a throw of 46-11 and was second in the discus at 132-7. The Redbirds added a third-place effort in the 4x100 with Earlie Brown, Terry Walker, Johnathan Bumpers and Deonte McGoy circling the track in 44.19 to finish behind West and East Side.