May 17, 2016
Jim Lohr’s MICDS girls squad dominated the competition at the MSHSAA Class 4 District 3 Track and Field Meet at Ladue High School in St. Louis, Saturday, May 14. The Lady Rams swept the four relays and racked up 200 points to easily outdistance second place Ladue and their 95 points. University City was third with 68 points while Incarnate Word was fourth with 67 points in the 11-team meet.
MICDS got things started with a victory in the 4×800 in 9:46 to earn the third fastest time in Class 4 this season. The Rams won the race by more than a minute, with Geneva Lee, Margaret Sliney, Alexandra Walsh, and Chloe May.
In the 1600, Lee, who’s headed to Cornell University, trailed Villa Duchesne senior and U.S. Military Academy signee Hannah Deines the whole way as the pair went 1-2 in 5:15 and 5:16. Ladue freshman Lila Bensky was third in 5:25 while MICDS freshman Krysten Holmes was fourth in 5:35. In the 800, Deines doubled back to capture the 800 title in 2:23 while Bensky was second in 2:27. In the 3200, MICDS junior Alexandra Walsh cruised to victory and ten more team points in 12:10, while teammate Grace Hart was third for six more points.
MICDS sophomore Zionn Pearson is on track to be an elite performer. On her first attempt in the long jump, Pearson posted a mark of 18-6.5, which is tied for MO#4, and gave her the district title. Then in the 100 hurdles, Pearson tied her personal best of 14.90, which is the MO#5 performance.
In the high jump, MICDS junior Claudia Williams and Clayton senior Tatianna Benford both cleared 5-2, with Williams coming out on top with fewer misses. MICDS went 1-2 in the pole vault with senior Alexa Smith winning with a 10-0 clearance. University City’s Jasmin Pointer won the triple jump with a mark of 35-0, while her season best of 35-6 puts her 13th in Class 4 for the season. Incarnate Word junior Jade Gates won the discus with a mark of 120-0, the ninth best mark in Class 4. Gates took second in the shot put with a 40-8.5 while St. Charles junior Tanisha Wilson won with a 41-5, which puts her fifth on the Class 4 list, just behind Gates season best of 41-6.
MICDS sophomore Cara Johnson captured the 100 and 200 meter titles. Johnson posted a 12.51 to win the 100 while a 25.82 clocking gave her the 200 crown. Fellow MICDS sophomore Zuri Thomas took second in the 200 to give the Lady Rams 18 points in the event. Johnson’s season bests of 12.20 in the 100 and 25.49 in the 200 are MO#9 and MO#21 respectively.
After getting sick after helping MICDS win the 4×800, senior Margaret Sliney, a Bucknell signee, returned to the track to claim the 400 title. Sliney ran 57.34 for the win, while her season best of 56.69 from last week is the MO#3 time. Sliney also anchored MICDS to victory in the 4×400 in 4:00.62. The Rams 3:59.37 mark from last week is the MO#3 performance.
In the 4×100, MICDS’ Zuri Thomas, Cara Johnson, Zionn Pearson and Jhordin Galmore posted a 49.24 clocking to win by nearly two seconds. That team includes one freshman and three sophomores. The same foursome also captured the 4×200 relay in 1:43.94 for a nearly six-second victory. MICDS’s 49.02 4×100 from last week is MO#7 as is their 1:43.91 4×200 season best.
Ladue senior Kaitlen Crawford captured the 300 hurdles crown in 47.63, the seventh best mark in Class 4 this year.
MICDS looks like they could compete for the Class 4 state title, and they should definitely improve upon last year’s 6th place finish.
Keith Harder’s Ladue High School boy’s team captured their first district title in eleven years. The Rams racked up 129 points to beat out MICDS-96, St. Charles-95, Clayton-84 and five other teams at Ladue High School in St. Louis. Ladue has benefited from alumnus Nick Buckvar’s return to coach sprints after coaching at CBC most recently. Also, former McCluer North High School standout and Iowa State 400 meter All-American Kendra White has joined the staff. Harder told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s David Kvidahl that the victory was special because the meet was the last one on the current track as construction on the area is planned.
Ladue got their first victory of the day in the 4×800 with an 8:42 clocking. Ladue juniors Ryan Witt and Devin Callahan added to the scoring in the 1600 with first and fourth place finishes in 4:41 and 4:47. Witt returned in the 3200 where he placed fourth to advance to sectionals.
McCluer senior Josh Haskin won the high jump with a 6-6 clearance. The mark ties him for ninth on the state performance list, and ties him for fourth in Class 4. MICDS senior Charles Gillis claimed the pole vault crown with a 12-6 clearance. Fellow MICDS senior Larenz Taylor had a big day in the horizontal jumps. Taylor claimed PR’s (personal records) in the long and triple jump to claim district titles in both. Taylor went 21-4.5 in the long jump, which ties him for 18th in the Class 4. Taylor’s 45-0 mark in the triple jump won the competition by four feet and ties him for ninth in class 4. University City’s Johnnie Jackson captured the discus with a 133-1 mark. In the shot put, MICDS junior DeRon Sutton won with a 46-2.5 measurement.
After his high jump victory, McCluer’s Haskin captured the 300 hurdles title in 40.42. Haskin’s season best of 39.36 puts him fourth in Class 4. Runner-up James Hutchinson ran a 41.58, and captured the 110 hurdles crown in 15.68.
University City senior Cortez Simmons had a big day for the Lions, claiming both the 100 and 200 meter dash titles. Simmons clocked an 11.11 in the 100 and a 22.35 in the 200. Simmons season best of 21.98 in the 200 puts him fourth in Class 4 and 14th among all classes. Riverview Gardens claimed both the 4×1 and 4×2 crowns. The Rams won the 4×100 in 43.72 and the 4×200 in 1:30.92. Riverview Garden’s 1:29.78 4×2 season best is fifth in Class 4. Ladue freshman Hasani Barr captured the 400 title by more than a second and a half. Barr finished in 50.13 and his 49.55 season best puts him 5th in Class 4. Ladue claimed the 4×400 title with anchor Hasani Barr coming from behind on the final curve and putting more than two seconds on runner-up Riverview Gardens down the homestretch.