The road to the state championship for Class 3, 4 and 5 track and field programs in the state of Missouri begins this weekend with district meet competition.
All of the area district meets will be held on Saturday with the top four finishers in each event advancing to the state sectionals on Saturday, May 18.
The Class 3 district meets involving St. Louis area teams will be competing at Ste. Genevieve, Lutheran North and Christian-O’Fallon. Class 4 area teams will be at Washington, Hillsboro, MICDS and Mexico while Class 5 teams will be at Hillsboro, Eureka, Pattonville and Troy.
Illinois Girls Sectionals this week
The postseason for Illinois girls begins this week with sectional meet competition on Thursday afternoon. Several metro east area schools in Class 2A will be competing at the Class 2 sectionals at Triad on Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m. Headlining the field will be the East St. Louis Flyerettes, which will be contenders for a state title. Other metro east area teams in the field include Cahokia, Highland, Breese Central, Triad, Waterloo, Freeburg and Columbia.
O’Fallon High will be the host of the Class 3A sectional meet on Thursday at 4 p.m. The field will include several Southwestern Conference schools, including Alton, Belleville East, Belleville West, O’Fallon, Edwardsville and Granite City.
The top qualifiers from Thursday’s sectional meet will qualify for the IHSA State Championships on May 17-18 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Metro east stars shine at Collinsville
Last Saturday’s Collinsville Invitational showcased some of the top talent in the metro east area, and they showed up and showed out. Standout sprinter Jemarrion Stewart of host Collinsville put on a show in the sprints as he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Stewart won the 100 in a time of 10.7 seconds and the 200 in a meet record 21.34 seconds.
Granite City’s Andrew Keefe was a star in the middle distance events as he won the 800-meter run with a meet record time of 1 minute 53.22 seconds. He is also a standout distance runner for the Warriors.
The dominant performer of the meet in the field events was senior thrower Jordan Johnson of Quincy, Illinois, who won the shot put and discus with big efforts. He won the discus with a throw of 206 feet, 1 inch, which is one of the best efforts in the nation. He also won the shot put with an effort of 62 feet 11 inches.