Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mccluer Boys Team Shines in Class 4a State Track Meet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mccluer Boys Team Shines in Class 4a State Track Meet

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More sights and sounds from Saturday's Missouri Class 4A high school track and field championships in Jefferson City:

Obscured in the excitement of the state meet, in which Berkeley and Hazelwood East high schools each won boys and girls state titles, was the erformance by the McCluer boys team.

McCluer finished second in Class 4A to Hazelwood East. McCluer took six individuals and one relay to the state meet, and placed in every event. Senior standout John Parker scored 20 points, winning the 100 meters in 10.70 seconds and the 200 in a personal-best 21.69. It was his third consecutive state title in the 200.

Parker also anchored McCluer's 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth in 3:21.37. McCluer's Derrell Streeter took second in the shot put with a toss of 55 feet 3 1/4 inches, while senior Keith Griffin was third in the high jump, going 6-4. Tommie Dabney was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.80, while junior Butch Powell was sixth in the long jump in 21-10 1/4.

"We went down with the idea of maybe finishing in the Top 10," McCluer coach Keith Suchman said. "We had a pretty dismal showing last year, but I guess sometimes there are aspirations you have going into the state meet that don't quite work out. We're pleased with this year's outcome."

Parker put on a show.

"I'm so happy for John," Suchman said. "He deserved everything good and positive. He's one of our hardest workers. He slumped late in the season, but at the state meet, he came through like the true champion he really is."

McCluer won the state championship in 1992 on the strength of a host of standout relays, keyed by star Rod Marshall (Nebraska). McCluer's numbers have fallen off, but the quality remains good.

"We have a good tradition going, and our coaches and older kids try to help the younger kids to know what they have to do to be good, especially at the state meet," Suchman said.

Another solid performance was turned in by Lafayette's boys, who finished fourth in Class 4A. Lafayette also was fourth two years ago.

Lafayette brought 10 individual participants, including sprinter Sean Fisher in the 100, 200 and 400. He finished second to Parker in the 100 (10. …

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