The East St. Louis Flyers boys track and field team took the baton from its state championship girls’ team by bringing home a trophy of their own.
One week after the East Side girls won the Illinois Class 2A state championship, the boys followed up with a dominant performance in winning the state championship last weekend at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
The Flyers scored 84 points as they doubled the score of second-place finisher Marengo, which scored 42 points.
Juniors Willie Johnson and Marcus Lampley finished first and second in the 400-meter dash. Johnson posted a winning time of 47.65 seconds while Lampley finished in 48.17. Lampley and Johnson also finished second and fifth in the 200-meter dash respectively.
The Flyers also won state titles in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. The team of Jashawn Anderson, Keontez Lewis, Nathaniel Robinson and Lampley won the 4x100 in 41.81 seconds. The 4x400 crew of Lewis, Andrew Johnson, Lampley and Johnson took the state title in 3 minutes 18.13 seconds. The Flyers also picked up a second-place finish in the 4x200.
Senior basketball standout Terrance Hargrove finished third in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 7 inches. Andrew Johnson was fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles while Jamariantte Burgess finished ninth. In the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, Burgess finished in second place while Johnson was fifth.
The state championship performance by the East St. Louis boys completes an incredible 2018-19 season for the Flyers’ athletic program. The Flyers won a total of three state championships in boys and girls track and field and boys’ basketball.