Girls Varsity Track
PREP TRACK & FIELD: Alton girls capture MadCo title
Redbirds girlswin, boys fourth
Scott Marion | For The Telegraph
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Alton’s Renee Raglin (left) and Jeanea Epps head down the stretch in the girls’ 100-meter dash at Tuesday’s Madison County Large School Track Meet at Triad. Epps finished first in a time of 12.34 seconds
TROY — The Alton High girls rode a solid performance that included nine first-place finishes and captured the team title at the Madison County Large-School Track Meet Tuesday at Triad. Edwardsville won the boys county title.
Alton’s girls got past second-place Edwardsville 167-145 in the team race. Host Triad was third with 110 points, followed by Highland with 63, Granite City 46 and Collinsville 23.
Alton girls track coach Jada Moore had plenty of praise to pass around for her team, some of it going to unexpected recipients.
“We had some unexpected first-place finishes and those are always exciting,” Moore said. “My long jumpers, Laila McNeal and Taylor Arnold, got first and second. Taylor is a freshman and she was also on our 4x100 (relay), which took first place today as well.
“Lay’Lhandy Davis, who is a freshman, got a personal record and won the discus and Lauren Weiner won the pole vault with a personal record.”
In the boys meet, Edwardsville’s 137.16 points were enough to topple Collinsville which had 116.5 points. Triad was third with 107, Alton fourth with 91.33, Granite City fifth with 71 and Highland sixth with 29 points.
Alton posted a host of first-place finishes.
Alton junior Sierra Stahlschmidt was the winner of the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 49.40. Teammate Savannah McMurray was third in 50.25. Edwardsville’s Kymel Belle was second in 49.41.
Jessica Markel of Alton won the 400-meter run in a time of 59 seconds flat, followed by teammate Kellie Mans, who was second in 1:01.76.
Markel, Arnold, Johnson and Mans combined to win the 4 x 400 relay for Alton. They finished with a time of 4:12.64.
Jeanea Epps and Renee Raglin finished one-two in the 100-meter dash. Epps was first in 12.34, followed by Raglin in 12.54.
Epps also won the 200 in a time of 25.95. Raglin was second in 26.92. Breonno Bacon of Collinsville finished second in 26.37.
Lauren Weiner of Alton won the pole vault with a height of 9 feet. Triad’s Morgan Noyes was second at 8-6.
Laila McNeal and Taylor Arnold of Alton finished one-two in the long jump. McNeal won it with a leap of 18 feet-1.25 inches and Arnold was second at 16’-3”.
In the discus, Lay’Lhany Davis of Alton was first with a distance of 101 feet, 11 inches. She beat Highland’s Josie Hapack, whose best toss was 101’-5”.
Alton won the 4 x 100 meter relay. Epps, Stahlschmidt, Taylor Arnold and Renee Raglin won in 49.78.
In the 4 x 800 relay, Alton’s Alexander, Holloway, Rashia Johnson and Schwabb were fourth in 11:31.66.
Savannah McMurray of Alton was second in the triple jump with a leap of 33-1.75. Denise D’Antonio of Triad won with a 34-5.5. Alton’s Koran Mason-El was fourth at 32-3.
In the 100-meter hurdles, the Alton duo of Stahlschmidt and McMurray finished two-three. Stahlschmidt had a time of 16.50 and McMurray finished in 16.98. Kymel Bell of Edwardsville won in 15.84.
The Alton team of Janiyah Alexander, Tyana Hollway, Rashia Johnson and Eva Schwabb finished fourth in the 4 x 800 relay in 11:31.66. Triad was first in a time of 10:05.16
Epps, Taylor Arnold, Koran Mason-El and Raglin of Alton were third in the 4 x 200 relay in a time of 1:49.56. Triad was first in 1:48.70.
Alton boys track coach Jeff White said his team’s results in the jumping events were key.
“We had a good day in the jumping events with Ju’Qui Womack and Trey Miller, who both did very well in the long jump and triple jump,” White said. “Trey had some nice PRs and Ju’Qui has been great all year.”
Joe Morrissey of Alton and teammate Kavontay Samelton-Dander ran one-two in the 300 hurdles. Morrissey won it in a time of 40.19, followed by Samelton-Dander in 41.40 Edwardsville’s Brennan Tolle was third in 41.49.
Deonte McGoy of Alton won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.74 seconds, edging Collinsville’s Jermarrion Stewart, who finished in 10.77.
Alton’s Juqui Womack finished second in the long jump at 20-11, while teammate Trey Miller was third at 20-6.5. Collinsville’s Kyle Crone was the winner at 20-11.5.
Cassius Havis of Alton was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.51. Andrew O’Keefe of Granite City finished first in 1:55.86.
Havis was also third in the 300-meter run in 52.11. Edwardsville’s Brandon Battle was first in 51.04 and Jawuan Ford of Collinsville was second in 51.91. Havis was also third in the 400 meter run in 52.11.
In the 4 x 200 meter relay, Alton’s Tim Johnson, Jaden Singleton, Kegan Bratton and Dasani Stewart finished in a time of 1:33.50. Triad finished first in 1:31.07 and Collinsville was second in 1:31.43.
Alton was fourth in the 4 x 400 relay. Bratton, Havis, Johnson and Morrissey ran it in a time of 3:30.54. Triad won in 3:29.87.
Kavontay Samelton-Danser of Alton finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.39. Xavier McKenney of Edwardsville was first in 16.20, followed by Collinsville’s Chris Chi in 16.22 and Darron Smith of Granite City in 16.37.
“Deonte McGoy had a really good battle with (Collinsville’s) Jermarrion Stewart in the 100 meters,” White said, “and Cassius Havis had his season-best time in the 800 meters.”
Edwardsville got first-place finishes from Zach Walters in the 3200, Xavier McKenney in the 110 hurdles, Brandon Battle in the 400 and Roland Prenzler in the 1600.