The Cleveland Naval Jr. ROTC Commanders have been a dominant small-school track team in recent years with three Class 2 state championships in the past six years to their credit.
The Commanders have the pieces to make another strong postseason run in Class 2 this spring, and many of those performers were on display at the Corey Seibert Invitational at Rockwood Summit.
Cleveland is led by seniors James Allen and Antonio Norman, who have been stalwarts throughout their careers. Allen finished first in the 800-meter run in a time of 1 minute 57.72 seconds, leading a strong field a runners, in which four finished under 1:59.0. Finishing second was Jerald Allen, the twin brother of James, who has transferred to Gateway STEM.
Norman placed high in three events, including a first-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet 6 inches. He also finished second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Junior jumper Kelsey Cole won the triple jump with an effort of 45 feet 3 inches. He was also fourth in the long jump. The Commanders also finished third in the 4x400-meter relay.
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Senior sprinter Austin Maiden of CBC was the individual winner in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Jumper Rasheed Ricketts of Cardinal Ritter finished first in the triple jump with a leap of 21-9 and second in the triple jump by bounding 44-3.
On the girls’ side, Deja Ingram of Hazelwood Central won the 100 in 12.18 seconds. Ingram is the defending Class 5 state champion in the 100. Senior Evangaline Harris of East St. Louis won the shot put with an impressive throw of 46-8. Lindbergh’s Abigail Judermann finished first in both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
Henle Holmes Invitational recap
There were several excellent performances at last week’s Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central. The Kirkwood boys and Webster Groves girls took home the team titles from the meet.
Senior jumper Diamond Riley of Ritenour was outstanding as she won both the long jump and triple jumps. Riley posted a winning jump of 18-5 in the long jump and a mark of 39-10 ¾ in the triple jump, which was a new meet record.
Finishing right behind Riley in the jumps was Zionn Pearson of MICDS, who posted second-place marks of 18-3 in the long jump and 38-3 in the triple jump. Pearson signed with Nebraska last week on a track scholarship. She also was part of the Rams’ 4x100-meter team that finished first in a school record time of 47.78.
Parkway North’s Jakeel Suber was a double winner in both hurdles events. He won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.05, which was a new meet record. He also won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 39.86.
Sophomore Justin Robinson of Hazelwood West finished first in the 100 in a time of 10.64. Junior Josh Sutton finished second in 10.74 and came back to finish first in the 200.
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Sophomore sprinter Jermarrion Stewart of Collinsville had an excellent day at the Norm Armstrong Invitational at Belleville West. Stewart swept both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His winning time of 21.6 was a new school record. He posted a winning time of 10.89 in the 100.
Another talented sophomore, Willie Johnson of East St. Louis, finished first in the 400 in 48.8. The Flyers also took home first place in the 4x200 in 1:28.62 and the 4x400 in 3:21.49.
RIP Roosevelt Davis
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and the East St. Louis track community on the tragic loss of former standout sprinter Roosevelt Davis. A 2016 graduate of East St. Louis, Davis was shot and killed outside of a convenience store in Cahokia, Illinois last Saturday. He was 21. It’s such a tragic loss of life of a young man who leaves behind two little daughters. The young man was tough, competitive and a great teammate.
Davis played a major role in the Flyers’ run to the IHSA Class 3A state championship in 2016. He earned All-State medals in four events at the state meet. Davis ran a leg on East Side’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams that won state championships. He also earned a second-place medal with the 4x200-meter relay and a fifth-place individual medal in the 200-meter dash. Davis ran a leg on the Flyers’ state championship 4x400-meter relay teams in 2014 and 2015 while also earning All-State medals in the open 400.
What’s on tap
A big weekend of action is on tap in the area. The Fred Lyon Invitational for boys at Parkway North will be held on Thursday and Friday. Several top area athletes will be headed to Lawrence, KS to participate in the Kansas University Relays. Other big meets include: Lindbergh Invitational (girls) on Thursday, Lutheran North Invitational (Fri), AAA Conference Relays at Lutheran St. Charles, Orchard Farm Invitational on Friday and the Dale Collier Relays on Saturday at Kirkwood.