MICDS Girls and Ladue Boy Claim District Crowns
May 17, 2016
Jim Lohr's MICDS girls squad dominated
the competition at the MSHSAA Class 4 District 3 Track and Field Meet at Ladue
High School in St. Louis, Saturday, May 14. The Lady Rams swept the four relays
and racked up 200 points to easily outdistance second place Ladue and their 95
points. University City was third with 68 points while Incarnate Word was
fourth with 67 points in the 11-team meet.
MICDS got things started with a victory
in the 4x800 in 9:46 to earn the third fastest time in Class 4 this season. The
Rams won the race by more than a minute, with Geneva Lee, Margaret Sliney,
Alexandra Walsh, and Chloe May.
In the 1600, Lee, who's headed to
Cornell University, trailed Villa Duchesne senior and U.S. Military Academy
signee Hannah Deines the whole way as the pair went 1-2 in 5:15 and 5:16. Ladue
freshman Lila Bensky was third in 5:25 while MICDS freshman Krysten Holmes was
fourth in 5:35. In the 800, Deines doubled back to capture the 800 title in
2:23 while Bensky was second in 2:27.
In the 3200, MICDS junior Alexandra Walsh
cruised to victory and ten more team points in 12:10, while teammate Grace Hart
was third for six more points.
MICDS sophomore Zionn Pearson is on
track to be an elite performer. On her first attempt in the long jump, Pearson
posted a mark of 18-6.5, which is tied for MO#4, and gave her the district
title. Then in the 100 hurdles, Pearson tied her personal best of 14.90, which
is the MO#5 performance.
In the high jump, MICDS junior Claudia
Williams and Clayton senior Tatianna Benford both cleared 5-2, with Williams
coming out on top with fewer misses. MICDS went 1-2 in the pole vault with
senior Alexa Smith winning with a 10-0 clearance. University City's Jasmin
Pointer won the triple jump with a mark of 35-0, while her season best of 35-6
puts her 13th in Class 4 for the season. Incarnate Word junior Jade
Gates won the discus with a mark of 120-0, the ninth best mark in Class 4.
Gates took second in the shot put with a 40-8.5 while St. Charles junior
Tanisha Wilson won with a 41-5, which puts her fifth on the Class 4 list, just
behind Gates season best of 41-6.
MICDS sophomore Cara Johnson captured
the 100 and 200 meter titles. Johnson posted a 12.51 to win the 100 while a
25.82 clocking gave her the 200 crown. Fellow MICDS sophomore Zuri Thomas took
second in the 200 to give the Lady Rams 18 points in the event. Johnson's
season bests of 12.20 in the 100 and 25.49 in the 200 are MO#9 and MO#21
After getting sick after helping MICDS
win the 4x800, senior Margaret Sliney, a Bucknell signee, returned to the track
to claim the 400 title. Sliney ran 57.34 for the win, while her season best of
56.69 from last week is the MO#3 time. Sliney also anchored MICDS to victory in
the 4x400 in 4:00.62. The Rams 3:59.37 mark from last week is the MO#3
In the 4x100, MICDS' Zuri Thomas, Cara
Johnson, Zionn Pearson and Jhordin Galmore posted a 49.24 clocking to win by
nearly two seconds. That team includes one freshman and three sophomores. The
same foursome also captured the 4x200 relay in 1:43.94 for a nearly six-second
victory. MICDS's 49.02 4x100 from last week is MO#7 as is their 1:43.91 4x200
Ladue senior Kaitlen Crawford captured
the 300 hurdles crown in 47.63, the seventh best mark in Class 4 this year.
MICDS looks like they could compete for
the Class 4 state title, and they should definitely improve upon last year's 6th
Keith Harder's Ladue High School boy's
team captured their first district title in eleven years. The Rams racked up
129 points to beat out MICDS-96, St. Charles-95, Clayton-84 and five other
teams at Ladue High School in St. Louis. Ladue has benefited from alumnus Nick
Buckvar's return to coach sprints after coaching at CBC most recently. Also,
former McCluer North High School standout and Iowa State 400 meter All-American
Kendra White has joined the staff. Harder told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's
David Kvidahl that the victory was special because the meet was the last one on
the current track as construction on the area is planned.
Ladue got their first victory of the day
in the 4x800 with an 8:42 clocking. Ladue juniors Ryan Witt and Devin Callahan
added to the scoring in the 1600 with first and fourth place finishes in 4:41
and 4:47. Witt returned in the 3200 where he placed fourth to advance to
McCluer senior Josh Haskin won the high
jump with a 6-6 clearance. The mark ties him for ninth on the state performance
list, and ties him for fourth in Class 4. MICDS senior Charles Gillis claimed
the pole vault crown with a 12-6 clearance. Fellow MICDS senior Larenz Taylor
had a big day in the horizontal jumps. Taylor claimed PR's (personal records)
in the long and triple jump to claim district titles in both. Taylor went
21-4.5 in the long jump, which ties him for 18th in the Class 4.
Taylor's 45-0 mark in the triple jump won the competition by four feet and ties
him for ninth in class 4. University City's Johnnie Jackson captured the discus
with a 133-1 mark. In the shot put, MICDS junior DeRon Sutton won with a 46-2.5