The boys’ teams from Cleveland Naval Jr. ROTC and Maplewood have set themselves up for a strong postseason run with strong showings at last weekend’s Class 2, District 2 meet at Monroe City.
Both teams qualified a strong contingent of athletes to Saturday’s sectional meet at Hillsboro. The top four finishers at the sectionals will advance to the Class 2 State Championships in Jefferson City on May 18-19. Cleveland had seven district champions and advanced athletes in 10 individual events and three relays. Maplewood had five district champions while qualifying athletes in nine individual events and all four relays.
The Commanders were led by its stellar trio of James Allen, Antonio Norman and Kelsey Cole. Allen won the 400-meter dash in 51.08 seconds and the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 01.41 seconds. Norman won the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the high jump. Cole swept the long jump and triple jump, posting winning marks of 21 feet in the long jump and 46-0 in the triple jump. He also won the 200-meter dash in 22.5. The Commanders also finished first in the 4x400-meter relay.
Other qualifiers of Cleveland included Daunte Farrell (fourth in the 100), Mark Hutchinson (third in 800, fourth in 1,600) and the 4x100- and 4x800-meter relays.
Maplewood’s individual champions were Zach Barton in the 100 and Malik Stewart in the 1,600. The Blue Devils also got district championship performances from its 4x100- and 4x800-meter relay teams.
Also advancing to the sectionals from Maplewood include; Barton (fourth in 200), Tyree King (fourth in 400), Stewart (second in the 800), Joshua Helle (third in 3,200), Logan McDonald (third in high jump), Chris Skaggs (second in discus, fourth in shot put) and the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams.
On the girls’ side, there were five district champions and five runners-up at Monroe City. Sophomore McKinlee Morris of Crossroads won the shot put and discus with efforts of 38 feet 4 inches in the shot put and 120-6 in the discus. Jayda Buchannon of Maplewood was also a double-winner in the 400 and 800. Heaven Payne of McKinley Classical won the long jump with an effort of 16-5.
The girls’ second-place finishers were Jada Hubbard of Medical and Bio Science in the 100, Jasmine Cody of Cleveland Naval Jr. ROTC in the 200, Yaszmin Ayers of Medical and Bio Science in the 400, Brentwood’s 4x100 and Medical and Bio Science’s 4x200.
Class 3,4, and 5 District meets this weekend
The Class 3,4 and 5 District meets will be held on Saturday around the St. Louis metro area. Class 3 District meets involving area teams will be held at Park Hills Central, Principia and Lutheran North. The top four finishers in each event will qualify for the sectional championships at Rockwood Summit and Lutheran North on May 19.
Athletes in Class 4 will be competing in district meets at Hillsboro, Pacific and MICDS. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the sectionals at Rockwood Summit and MICDS on May 19.
The Class 5 District meets with area schools will be held at Oakville, CBC and Pattonville. The top four finishers will advance to sectional competition at Kirkwood and MICDS on May 19.