GALLEGO QUALIFIES FOR STATE — Jeddah Gallego of Roxana is going to the IHSA boys’ track meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston next week.
The senior speedster finished second in the 100-meter dash during the Class 2A Springfield Lanphier Sectional on Friday. His time was 11.08 seconds. Tyler Higgins, a sophomore from Highland, won the race in 10.95.
Gallego was the only local state qualifier. The Shells scored 20 points and finished 10th in the 15-team field. Civic Memorial scored three points and was 15th.
Host Lanphier tallied 100 points for the team title. Highland placed second with 88 points and Chatham Glenwood took third with 85 points.
Sophomore Ben Flowers of Jersey won the 1,600-meter run in 4:28.39. The Panthers scored 15 points and finished 11th.
O’KEEFE PACES WARRIORS – Sophomore Will O’Keefe of Granite City snared third place in the 800-meter run at the Class 3A Normal Community West Sectional and earned a state berth on Friday.
Heath Warren of Springfield won the 800 in 1:52.67 and Wes Schoenthal of Edwardsville placed second in 1:53.82.
O’Keefe also qualified for state as a member of the Warriors’ 4x800-meter relay team, second in 8:00.29. O’Fallon finished first in 7:52.88.
Alton’s Redbirds didn’t qualify any individuals or teams for the large-school state finals at O’Brien Stadium. All three classes will run at EIU next week.
Edwardsville scored 116 points to snare the sectional team honors in the 15-school competition. Bloomington snagged second with 88 points and East St. Louis came in third with 55 points.
Sophomore sensation A.J. Epenesa of Edwardsville finished first in the discus with a throw of 184 feet, 10 inches. The Tigers won five events in all and Epenesa was runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 53-1.25. Ricky Nelson of Belleville West won it with a heave of 54-2.5.
REDBIRDS BEAT KNIGHTS – Visiting Alton tuned up for postseason play by defeating Triad, 4-2, in a nonconference game in Troy on Friday.
Strong pitching by Brittany Roady spurred the Redbirds, who improved to 19-14. She allowed six hits and didn’t walk a batter in pushing her record to 15-12.
“Brittany was sharp today,” AHS coach Dan Carter said Friday.
Katelyn Presley was 2-for-3 and scored three runs to stir the offense.
The Redbirds will play host to their Class 4A regional next week. Alton, the No. 2 seed, welcomes Quincy at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Top-rated Edwardsville clashes with Granite City at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The semifinals winners tangle at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, for the regional championship. The winner advances to the Normal Community West Sectional.