The Phil Brusca/Connie Strobach Invitational last weekend featured many of the area’s top performers. The meet was hosted by Ladue High, but Parkway Central was the venue as Ladue’s new stadium is still under construction.
The marquee race of the meet was the boys’ 100-meter dash which featured Cardinal Ritter’s Jameson Williams against Trinity’s Kemeric Winston, the defending Class 3 state champion. Williams held off a hard-charging Winston at the end to win the race in 10.66 seconds while Winston finished in 10.67. Williams won the 200 in 21.44 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 22 feet 5 inches. It was the first time Williams competed in the long jump since he was in seventh grade.
Another double-winner was John Burroughs senior sprinter Madison Fuller, who won the girls’ 200 and 400. She posted winning times of 24.44 in the 200 and 57.3 in the 400. Nerinx Hall standout Courtney Williams won the 100-meter dash in 11.89 seconds.
The top individual performance of the meet came from star thrower Devin Roberson of Jefferson City, who won the discus with a throw of 205 feet 3 inches, which is the No. 2 throw in the nation to date. Roberson’s throw cleared the field and landed into the street as local police officers had traffic blocked off whenever Roberson threw. He also won the shot put with a heave of 55 feet ½ inch.
Jacob Brunsman of Rockwood Summit won the 400 with an impressive time of 48.3 seconds, which is a new school record. Lazarus Williams of SLUH won the 800-meter run and anchored the Jr. Bills’ 4x800-meter relay to a first place finish.
Diamond Richardson of Pattonville won the shot put on her last throw with an effort of 42-6 as she edged Webster Groves standout Nia Lyles, who also threw more than 40 feet. Trinity’s Brooke Moore was also a field event winner as she took the triple jump with an effort of 37-6.
Girls Shine at Fred Lyon Invitational
There were some excellent individual performances by a group of talented girls at the Fred Lyon Invitational at Parkway North. Lauryn Taylor of McCluer North won the 100 with a time of 11.85 seconds while teammates Michelle Owens won the 100-meter high hurdles in 13.99.
Parkway North standout Alicia Burnett won the 200 with a winning time of 24.42. Reina McMillan of Parkway North won the 400 and the Vikings also won the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays.
Tae’la Jackson of Clayton was excellent in the throws as she won the shot put with a heave of 38-3 and the discus with a throw of 126-9.
Area Standouts at KU Relays
A group of athletes from the St. Louis area ventured to Lawrence, Kansas to compete in the Kansas University Relays over the weekend. Hazelwood West won both the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays at KU. The Wildcats posted winning times of 1:27.29 in the 4x200 and 3:19.18 in the 4x400. East St. Louis took home the 4x100 relay while Joshua Sutton of MICDS was second in the 100 in a school record time of 10.58.
On the girls’ side, Danielle Frank of Hazelwood Central won the 100 in 11.67 and Scout Regular of Incarnate Word Academy won the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.26.
On Tap this Weekend
There will be some excellent meets happening this weekend around the metro area. The Dale Collier Invitational at Kirkwood will be held on Saturday. It will feature athletes from both sides of the river in the metro area, including East St. Louis, plus teams from Blue Springs and Jefferson City.
The Marion Freeman Clayton Invitational will be held on Friday at Saturday at Clayton High School.
The Jim Schmuck Patriot Classic boys meet will be held at Parkway South on Thursday afternoon.
The Victoria Reeves Invitational girls’ meet will be held at Parkway South on Saturday.
The Eureka Invitational girls meet will be held on Thursday afternoon.