It was a cold and windy couple of days at last week’s Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central, but that did not stop the athletes from putting on an excellent show at the two-day meet.
Hazelwood West standout Justin Robinson led the Wildcats to a pair of victories in the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays. One of the top 400-meter runners in the country, Robinson turned in a sizzling 45.8-second anchor leg in the 4x400 to close out the meet. He also turned in a wind-aided time of 10.32 seconds in the 100-meter dash prelims on the first day of the competition. Robinson did not run in Friday’s finals.
There were three athletes that were double-winners at Henle Holmes. Junior Jah-son McCarter of Riverview Gardens won the 200- and 400-meter dash. Senior Stephen Beeler of Eureka won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter intermediate hurdles and Lafayette’s Harrison Brown won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
McCluer North girls’ standout Michelle Owens won the 100-meter high hurdles in a swift, wind-aided time of 13.83 seconds. Owens also finished third in the long jump and ran a leg on the Stars’ first-place 4x200-meter relay. Junior standout Alicia Burnett of Parkway North won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.79 seconds. One of the top sprinters in the country, Burnett is back in action after sitting out last season after transferring to North from Fort Zumwalt South.
Lafayette won the girls’ team championship with a close margin over Webster Groves. The Lancers showed strength in the field events as senior Elizabeth Schilling won the pole vault and high jump while senior Brittany Hawthorne won the discus. Webster Groves was led by senior thrower Nia Lyles, who won the shot put and finished second in the discus.
A pair of talented freshmen girls’ also had big days as Kayelyn Tate of Parkway Central won the 200-meter dash and Amani Jones of Francis Howell North won the 300-meter low hurdles.
Corey Siebert Invitational Highlights
There were some excellent field event performances at the Corey Siebert Invitational at Rockwood Summit. Senior Rasheed Ricketts of Cardinal Ritter won the triple jump an impressive effort of 49 feet 4 inches, which is one of the best efforts in the state.
Brooke Jenkins of Pattonville won both the girls long jump and triple jump events. She won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 4 inches and the triple jump by bounding 38-10. Pattonville teammate Diamond Richardson won the girls’ shot put with a heave of 44 feet 7 ½ inches.
On the track, Hazelwood Central’s Danielle Frank took home a couple of first place medals in the sprints. She won the 100 in 12.23 seconds and the 400 in an impressive time of 57.97.
Lutheran North Relays
Senior Jordyn White of Lutheran North enjoyed quite a performance as she won four events on her home track. White finished first in the 100-meter high hurdles and swept all three jumping events as she won the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
On the boys’ side, Joshua Hopkins and Jalik Smith finished first and second in the long and triple jump events. Hopkins finished first in the long jump with Smith taking second place. They reversed positions in the triple jump with Smith winning the event and Hopkins finishing in second place.
On Tap this Week
The Phil Brusca/Connie Strobach Invitational will be held at Ladue on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
The Fred Lyon Invitational boys meet will be held at Parkway North on Thursday and Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. on both days.
The Fort Zumwalt North Invitational will be held on Thursday afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m.