Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eagles Happy to Be Playing Host to District

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eagles Happy to Be Playing Host to District

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Orchard Farm High is playing host to the Class 2A District 2 track and field meet Saturday.

"I like having the meet at our place," Eagles coach Dave O'Donnell said. "For one thing, it gives me a chance to get a look at some of the other teams' times; I'm helping athletic director) Kim Crouse set up the meet, so I have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

"Plus, I think this'll be better for our athletes. Instead of having to get up early to be at school for a trip on the bus, they'll be able to use a more normal routine that morning."

The Eagles will try to make use of every advantage. After all, they'll be competing against some of the best competition in the state.

"Cardinal Ritter won the state title and Wellston was third in boys competition) last year," O'Donnell said. "And, after what I saw at the Clayton Invitational, I'd say that Lutheran North has a real good shot at winning state this year. Lutheran North was running with Class 3A powerhouse) Berkeley at Clayton; I'm really impressed with Lutheran North's team. And the girls meet will be just as tough. Some of the times and distances turned in by these coaches for seeding are just phenomenal. Believe me, there are going to be a lot of state champions at our place Saturday."

In addition to Orchard Farm, Cardinal Ritter, Wellston and Lutheran North, the field at Orchard Farm will include Brentwood, Elsberry, Kennedy, Louisiana, Maplewood, Metro, New Haven, Principia, Whitfield, Winfield and Wright City.

"This district is loaded with talent - boys and girls," O'Donnell said. "It's going to take some great performances to come out of this meet and advance to state."

In Class 2A, only the top two finishers in each event will advance to the state meet May 17 and 18 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Orchard Farm junior Scott Greifzu figures to have his school's best shot at reaching state. A distance runner, he has had times of 10 minutes, 4 seconds in the 3,200 and 4:41 in the 1,600 this season.

"I think Scott has a good chance of making it in both races," O'Donnell said.

Other Orchard Farm boys figuring to contend for state berths are sophomore Eric Williams in the pole vault and sophomore Jeff Hawkins in the high jump, 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. …

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