State championships

At the Missouri High School State Track Championships on Saturday, May 26, MICDS girls won the state championship with the help of Cara Johnson (860) who won the girls 100-meters with a time of 12:06. Zionn Pearson (862), also a senior from MICDS, took second at 12.42 and Webster Groves’ Britney Clark (1063) took fourth at 12.30.

The girls of MICDS and John Burroughs brought home championship hardware from last weekend’s Missouri State Track and Field State Championships in Jefferson City.

MICDS powered its way to the Class 4 state championship. The Rams scored 88 points to easily outdistance the rest of the field. John Burroughs fought off the challenges of fellow St. Louis schools Cardinal Ritter and Trinity to win the Class 3 state championship. The Bombers scored 62 points, followed by Cardinal Ritter with 59 and Trinity with 56.

MICDS dominated in the sprints to take home its second state championship in three years. Junior Jhordin Galmore won the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Senior Cara Johnson won the 100-meter dash and finished second in the 200 to Galmore. The team of Galmore, Johnson, Krysten Holmes and Zuri Thomas won the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute 41.88 seconds. The 4x100 crew of Galmore, Johnson, Holmes and Zionn Pearson won the 4x100 in 47.22 seconds.

Pearson, who is headed to Nebraska, concluded her stellar career by winning the long jump, finishing fifth in the 100 and fourth in the triple jump. The Rams also finished third in the 4x400 and seventh in the 4x800. Palmer Mihalevich was sixth in the 800.

John Burroughs was led by its standout duo of senior Bria Ward and freshman Kylie Goldfarb. Ward won state titles in the long jump and triple jump. Goldfarb won the 800-meter run, finished second in the 1,600 and anchored the 4x800-meter relay to a state championship. She was joined on the relay by Grace Gore, Arianna Latuda and Kristen Mason. Gore also finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run and the Bombers also finished second in the 4x400.

Cardinal Ritter won four events en route to its runner-up finish in the team standings. Valarie Whitted won the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.87 seconds. Shayla Davis was second in the 100-meter high hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles while Sydney Mitchell was second in the long jump.

The Lions also swept all three of the sprint relays. The 4x100 consisted for Mecca Hamm-Bey, Teriona Gurily, Breonna Gregory and Shayla Davis. Hamm-Bey, Gurily, Gregory and Sydney Mitchell made up the 4x200 team while Mitchell, Hamm-Bey, Kristin Booker and Andrean Merriweather made up the 4x400 team.

Trinity looked very strong in taking home its third-place team trophy. Freshman Sydney Juszczyk won the state title in the javelin, finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles and sixth in the triple jump. Shaila Jones finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, Deayvion Smith won the state championship in the 400-meter dash and finished sixth in the 200. Samantha Sieve was seventh in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the Titans were second in the 4x200-meter relay.

Several other notable standouts from the state championships include:

*Senior Mikayla Reed of Washington won the Class 4 800-, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and she also anchored the Bluejays to a state title in the 4x800-meter relay.

 *Senior Diamond Riley of Ritenour won the Class 5 state championship in the triple jump and finished second in the long jump.

 *Sophomore Michelle Owens of McCluer North won the Class 5 100-meter high hurdles and joined Kyra Perry, Lauryn Taylor and Destiny Griffin on the state-championship 4x100 relay team.

 *Jade Moore of Pattonville won the Class 5 state title in the 100-meter dash. She also finished second in the 200.

 *Courtney Williams of Nerinx Hall won the Class 5 state title in the 400-meter dash in 55.43 seconds.

 *Hazelwood Central’s 4x200-meter relay team of Aisha Southern, Dayna Reid, Danielle Frank and Dakota Randle won the state title in 1:39.80.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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