EA-WR'S SPRINGMAN COMPETES IN FINALS OF 3,200 — The 1A, 2A and 3A boys' state track meet began Thursday and finished Saturday at Eastern Illinois' O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.
East Alton-Wood River sophomore Brenden Springman was the only representative from the five Greater Alton area schools in Saturday's finals. Springman competed in the Class 1A 3,200-meter run, turning in a time of 11:20.31 and finishing in 36th place.
Roxana senior Jeddah Gallego competed in Friday's preliminaries of the 2A 100-meter dash, but his time of 11.29 seconds unfortunately failed to qualify for Saturday's finals.
Granite City had two entries in Friday's prelims, too. Sophomore Will O'Keefe competed in the 800-meter run, but narrowly missed qualifying with a time of 1:56.45.
The Warriors also had a team in the 4x8 relay. The quartet of Tyler Manion, Zach Manion, Juwan Riggins and Raishon Bobo were clocked at 8:22.19 in Friday's prelims, failing to hit the qualifying mark for the finals.
There were some fantastic success stories from the metro-east though. The Edwardsville Tigers compiled 55 points to win their first ever Class 3A boys' track championship. Fontez Davis of the Tigers nabbed the state crown in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 6 inches to lead the way.
Also in 3A, Ricky Nelson of Belleville West won the discus with at toss of 192-03, William Session of Belleville East finished first in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.25 and East St. Louis won the 4x4 relay in 3:15.24.
In Class 2A, Cahokia ran away with its fifth consecutive state title, compiling 119 points to outdistance second-place finishers Burlington Central, Champaign Centennial and Galesburg, all with 37 points. The Comanches won six event championships on the way to their state title. Highland's Tyler Higgins won the 400-meter dash in 48.29 seconds.
Staunton's Marcus Sitko helped lead the Bulldogs to fifth in Class 1A by winning three events. Sitko went 23-02.25 in the long jump, 46-02.25 in the triple jump and ran the 100-meter dash in 10.65 seconds for his whopping three state crowns.
Madison's Andre McGill won the 200-meter dash in 21.73 seconds in 1A also.
ALTON'S STRADAL AND HAYS FALL ON DAY 2 AT STATE — The Alton senior doubles duo of Carl Stradal and Drew Hays saw their state tournament end on Friday's Day 2 of the three-day event.
After going 3-1 on Thursday, Stradal and Hays lost in the fourth round consolation bracket to Rory O'Donnell and Jack Bernstein of LaGrange Lyons 7-5, 6-4.
As a team Alton compiled a total of five points to finish in a tie for 43rd in the team standings.
The Belleville East combo of Chase Stumne and Jacob Hamilton represented the metro-east the best, finishing fourth in the doubles bracket. Stumne and Hamilton went 5-2 at state, finishing 5-0 through the first two days before losing in the semifinals and the third-place match.