The individual star power of St. Louis boys at last weekend’s Missouri State Track and Field Championships was in full effect in Jefferson City.
There is some tremendous young talent on the boys’ side in St. Louis with the likes of sophomore Brandon Miller of John Burroughs, junior Justin Robinson of Hazelwood West, junior Joshua Sutton of MICDS, junior Jameson Williams of Cardinal Ritter and junior Kemeric Winston of Trinity. These youngsters put on a show for the track and field fans at Jefferson City last Saturday as they burned up the track.
Miller, the national middle distance prodigy, won the Class 3 800-meter run in a blazing time of 1 minute 49.55 seconds, breaking a 31-year state record in the process. The first state meet I covered was in 1987 when Springfield Parkview’s Billy Rainey set the record with a 1:49.98. Rainey was on hand to watch Williams set the new record in spectacular fashion. Miller has been a superstar performer on the summer track circuit for years, and that success has continued at the high school level. He also won the state title in the 1,600-meter run and turned in a sizzling 46.9 anchor leg to bring the Bombers to a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.
Robinson took home state championships in the Class 5 200- and 400-meter dashes while finishing third in the 100. He set the stadium ablaze in the 400 with a winning time of 46.93 seconds, finishing just off the state record, which is held by former Jefferson City star Domenik Peterson.
Jameson Williams turned in a sparkling performance in four events to lead Cardinal Ritter to the Class 3 team championship. He pulled off the improbable double when he won the 400-meter dash and 300-meter intermediate hurdles. These two grueling events happen to be run back-to-back on the schedule without a lot of recovery time in between, making Williams’ accomplishment that much more incredible. He turned in a winning time of 48.68 in the 400 and 37.47 in the 300-meter hurdles. He also finished second in the 100 and 200 to score 36 of his team’s 72 points on the day.
Sutton, a diminutive sprinter, finished off a spectacular season by taking home state championships in the Class 4 100 and 200. He turned in a winning time of 10.62 in the 100, but his time of 21.25 in the 200 is what will have track fans buzzing around the state.
Winston was one of the individual stars of the Class 3 meet as he won four gold medals to pace the Titans to a third-place finish in the team standings. Winston won state titles in the 100 and 200 in two tremendous duels with Cardinal Ritter’s Williams. His winning time in the 200 was a quick 21.4 seconds. He also anchored the Titans to state titles in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays.
A few other top boys performers of note from the state meet include:
*Derrick Boyce of Pattonville who won the Class 5 state title in the javelin.
*Hillsboro’s Isaiah Martin, who won the Class 4 state title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
*Parkway North’s Jakeel Suber, who won the Class 4 state title in the 110-meter high hurdles.
*Duchesne’s Mitchell Fairless, who won the Class 3 state title in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet 10 inches.
*Kirkwood’s Martin Strong, who won the Class 5 state title in the 800-meter run.
*Lafayette’s Nassim Oufatlote, who won the Class 5 state title in the 1,600-meter run.
*Kirkwood’s Christian Baker, who won the Class 5 state title in the 3,200-meter run.