LaJarvia Brown continues to soar into orbit for the Alton High girls’ track team.
The sophomore sensation was at it again for the Redbirds on Thursday in their invitational at Public School Stadium. She won the long jump (18 feet, 2 inches) and the triple jump (38-8) on Wigger Track.
“That’s my personal best in the triple jump,” said Brown, setting a meet record. “I’m happy with the way things are going and it was great to win it at home. I know the (long-jump) pit.”
She added, “It’s midseason now so I have to keep showing improvement.”
O’Fallon proved it was the best team in the eight-school meet. The Panthers scored 163 points for the title. East St. Louis finished second with 123 points and Edwardsville took third with 110 points. Aaliyah Covington of the Tigers won the shot (43-5.5) and the discus (128-10).
Triad (86 points), Cahokia (73.5), Alton (52), Granite City (38) and Marquette Catholic (5.5) completed the scoring. Sophomore Charlene Helton scored all of the Explorers’ points. She finished fourth in the long jump (17-3) and eighth in the 100-meters (12.8 seconds).
“It was great competition today for Charlene,” said dad Charles Helton, the Explorers coach. “She’s enjoying it and I’m excited for her.”
Marquette, which has only six female track athletes, competes Monday in the small-school portion of the Madison County Boys and Girls Meet at East Alton-Wood River High. Alton plays host to the large-school county boys and girls action Tuesday.
Redbirds’ coach Terry Mitchell looks for more good things from Brown and her teammates. She is emerging as the leader of their pack, he said, and Brown is unbeaten in the triple jump so far.
“LaJarvia is getting better and better with each meet,” he said. “She has pep in her step.”
Alton was runner-up to O’Fallon in the sprint medley. The Panthers won six events in all. The final three events -- the 200-meters, the 4x400-meter varsity relay and the 4x400-meter frosh-soph relay -- weren't run because of stormy weather.
Edwardsville 12, Alton 4 – The host Tigers amassed an 8-0 lead by the third inning and routed the Redbirds in Southwestern Conference play. Edwardsville had eight hits and benefited from five AHS errors.
Mitchell Krebs collected three hits and three RBIs for the Tigers, 17-3 overall. Edwardsville sits atop the SWC with a 7-0 mark. Alton, which got two RBIs from Wil Lewis, is 12-8 and 2-5. The Redbirds scored three of their runs in the fourth.
Alton is scheduled to welcome Highland in a 7 p.m. game Friday at Moore Park. The Redbirds and Tigers tangle again on Tuesday in Alton.
Southwestern 14, Hillsboro 2 -- Jimmie Naylor and Spencer Heineman supplied the big bats as Southwestern prevailed in a road five-inning South Central Conference test.
Naylor went 3-for-3 with a grand slam in an eight-run fourth inning. He also doubled and had five RBIs. Heineman was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Blake Lawson went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in as Southwestern struck for a dozen hits. Andrew Fry pitched five innings for the victory.
Southwestern improved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the SCC. The Piasa Birds are scheduled to welcome Alton in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Southwestern 13, Roxana 4 – Lindsey Snyder did it all as the Piasa Birds pounded the Shells in a SCC contest.
She hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a single, double, triple and home run. Snyder also drove in five runs as the Piasa Birds erupted for 14 hits. Teammate Hannah Wilfong chipped in with two hits, one a triple.
Ashley Meyers, Cindy Scroggins and Kelsey Flatt all had two hits for Roxana.
Staunton 4, EA-WR 3 – Despite getting only two hits, the visiting Bulldogs scored a win over the Oilers. Staunton took advantage of four EA-WR errors. Its three-run fourth made the difference.
Haley Shewmake contributed three hits and Emme Flanigan had two more for the Oilers, who had seven hits in all. Losing pitcher Toria Beachum fanned 15.
Edwardsville 19, Alton 1 – The Tigers struck early and often in walloping the host Redbirds in a five-inning SWC game. Alton is slated to play host to Civic Memorial Friday afternoon.
The Tigers led 7-0 after the first inning and 12-0 by the second inning in improving to 18-2. They are 5-1 in the SWC. The Redbirds are 10-7 and 3-3. The teams will play again Tuesday in Edwardsville.