Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Loving Leads Hazelwood E. to Another Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Loving Leads Hazelwood E. to Another Crown

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Hazelwood East sprinter Cori Loving couldn't have had worse luck at last year's Class 4A district track and field meet.

First, he committed a false-start infraction in the 200-meter dash, then he suffered a hamstring pull and was unable to qualify in the 400.

On Saturday, Loving returned to the District 2 meet at McCluer High, but this time the results were different: He dominated.

Loving swept the 200 and 400 and qualified on two relay teams in leading the Spartans to a second successive district championship.

His 47.95-second sprint in the open 400 was a personal best and the area's fastest time this spring.

Referring to last year's 200-meter disqualification, Loving said: "I stayed in my blocks a lot longer this year. Last year, I just jumped the gun."

This time, Loving cruised in the 200, posting a time of 22.29. He also rallied the 4x400-meter relay to victory. The foursome of Glenn Haley, Omar Towns, Demingo Loggins and Loving circled the track in 3 minutes 21.7 seconds.

Hazelwood East scored 187 1/2 points, followed by McCluer with 111. Hazelwood Central had 105 and McCluer North and Riverview tied at 78. In all, Hazelwood East advanced 17 individuals to this week's Oakville sectional, and all four relays: 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800.

"I was very happy with Cori's performance, especially his open 400," Hazelwood East coach Scott Sissom said.

Last year, Loving was undefeated in the 400, before pulling up lame in the district event. Even so, he rebounded two weeks later at the state meet to run legs on three relays that all placed second, enabling Hazelwood East to win the Class 4A crown in Jefferson City.

It is on Loving's shoulders that East hopes to ride to another state title.

"If he gets up there and runs like he's capable, he'll score points," Sissom said.

Loving said: "I'm going to give it all I've got."

Hazelwood East sophomore Shameika McField and junior Tiffaney Williams led the Lady Spartans to a third successive district championship at McCluer.

East scored 133 points, followed by Hazelwood Central (111), Normandy (75) and McCluer and Riverview Gardens, each with 73. …

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