WOOD RIVER – Roxana’s boys made a worthy impression Friday in the East Alton-Wood River Co-Ed Relays on Memorial Stadium’s Orv Yocum Track.
The Shells’ second-place finish clearly caught the attention of head coach Juli Akal.
“I’m really happy with what they did, especially Jeddah Gallego and our freshmen,” she said.
Trenton Wesclin won the boys’ team title with 59 points, or 10 more points than Roxana. Civic Memorial (46 points), Greenville (40), EA-WR (31) and Breese Mater Dei (28) rounded out the totals in the six-team competition.
Greenville scored 69 points to snare the girls’ championship. Mater Dei (54) placed second, followed by Wesclin (46), CM (29), Roxana (23) and EA-WR (16). The Eagles and Oilers will join the Shells on Monday in the Roxana Co-Ed Relays. Jersey, Highland, Freeburg’s boys and Mascoutah’s girls also will be in the field.
The EA-WR Relays featured combined scoring in all 16 events, including the four field events: long jump, high jump, shot and discus.
“It was a competitive meet and the best weather we’ve had so far this season,” Oilers’ coach Russ Colona said. “We didn’t have any wind or cold.”
Roxana warmed things by winning the boys’ 4x400-meter relay in 3 minutes, 35 seconds, the girls’ 4x800-meter relay in 10:55.0 and the 3-person, 1,600-meter relay in 18:45. The Shells also won the boys 4x100-meter frosh-soph relay in 47.5.
Jarrod Foiles, Brady Lewis and J.D. Thaxton joined anchor Gallego on the winning 4x4 boys’ relay. Jessica Baggett teamed with Katrina Oldendorph, Shalyn Edwards and Kryston Scifres on the victorious 4x8 girls’ relay. Edwards, Baggett and Scifres worked together on the first place 1,600-meter relay.
“Overall, it was a pretty good day for us and we had a lot of personal bests,” Akal said. “I was very happy with the way the girls ran in the distance races.”
She added, “We have a very young boys’ team because we graduated 12 seniors. But we have a strong group of freshmen.”
CM is still trying to get healthy, coach Clint Walters said. The girls were without hurdler Mandi Arnold and sprinter Allie Troeckler, both sidelined with nagging injuries. Troeckler, the AdVantage News’ Girls Basketball Player of the Year, could return as early as next week.
The Eagles won the boys’ 4x800-meter relay in 8:49.8, with Frank Trost, Brett Lane, Eli McKinney and Ryan Gunter running on it. CM finished first in the long jump with a pooled effort of 34 feet, 9.5 inches. Michael Stevenson and McKinney both jumped 17-4.75. The Eagles were also best in the 4x100-meter frosh-soph relay at 56.5.
“We have mostly freshmen and sophomores on the boys’ team, but we have a lot of interchangeable parts,” Walters said. “So our boys will be stronger this year.”
Distance runner Alex Singleton will serve as one of the girls’ leaders. “We have some good freshmen and we are evolving as a team,” Walters said.
Runner Brendan Springman and thrower Anthony Lane could spur the EA-WR boys. Matthew Shea is another guy to watch, Colona said.
“We have some talent, but not a lot of numbers,” he noted. Heralded distance runner Garrett Fulkerson, the AdVantage News Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall, transferred to Metro East Lutheran in Edwardsville.
Carissa Gilreath, Hailey Dailey, Kyara Price, Haley Kerpan and Kim Gildersleeve comprise the EA-WR girls’ squad. “They are all working hard and we have some more young kids who are coming in next year,” Colona said.
It’ll be the Oilers playing host to the small-school division of the Madison County Meet on Monday, April 27. That will showcase boys and girls competition. The large-school portion of the county meet is scheduled for Tuesday, April, 28, at Collinsville.
Boys Team Standings
Trenton Wesclin 59, Roxana 49, CM 46, Greenville 40, EA-WR 31, Breese Mater Dei 28.
High Jump – Greenville, 11-0; Long Jump – CM 34-9.5; Shot – Mater Dei, 83-0; Discus – Wesclin 246-4; 4x100-meter frosh-soph relay – Roxana, 47.5; 4x100-meter varsity relay – Wesclin, 45.29; 4x800-meter relay – CM, 8:49.8; Hurdle relay – Wesclin, 44.2; Co-Ed Throwers relay – Wesclin, 53.9; 4x200-meter relay – Wesclin, 1:36.0; 1,600-meter, 3-person relay – Greenville, 15:22; 4x400-meter relay – Roxana, 3:35.0
Girls Team Standings
Greenville 69, Breese Mater Dei 54, Trenton Wesclin 46, CM 29, Roxana 23, EA-WR 16
High Jump – Mater Dei, 9-2; Long Jump – Mater Dei, 28-1.5; Shot – Mater Dei, 66-9; Discus – Mater Dei, 197-7; 4x100-meter frosh-soph relay – CM, 56.5; 4x100-meter varsity relay – Greenville, 53.4; 4x800-meter relay – Roxana, 10:55.0; Hurdle relay – Wesclin, 48.3; Co-Ed Throwers relay – Wesclin, 53.9; 4x200-meter relay – Greenville, 1:56.0; 1,600-meter, 3-person relay – Roxana, 18:45; 4x400-meter relay – Greenville, 4:35.0