Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Without a Track, Njrotc Still Gets on Track

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Without a Track, Njrotc Still Gets on Track

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Some things can be left to imagination, but not the high jump event, which requires speed, height and practice.

Especially practice. Of those three qualities, senior Anthony Glover of Naval Junior ROTC has mastered two without the complete benefit of the third.

NJROTC has neither an adequate track nor a high jump pit. "We do jump drills and that's about it," NJROTC track coach Dan Halloran said. "When it comes to competition, meets are our practice." At Saturday's Oakville Invitational, Glover had a great practice. In his second year of competition, he won the high jump, clearing the bar with a personal-best of 6 feet 7 inches. Glover also won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 39.66 seconds and was second in the 110 high hurdles in 14.9. A year ago, Glover's best was 5-8 for the high jump and 41.7 for the 300 hurdles. "I really don't want to touch him," Halloran said. "I want to leave well enough alone. He rises to the competition, and he's a competitor." Ditto for teammate Paris Starks, who won the long jump, bounding 21 feet 7 3/4 inches and beating favored Raytown South standout Bryan Brooks. Brooks, who recently bounded 23-10 at the Kansas University Relays, finished second Saturday at 21-2 1/2. Raytown South won the boys competition with 89 points, followed by runner-up Francis Howell (64) and third-place NJROTC (52). It was the Commanders' highest finish at the Oakville meet. "In my 17 years of coaching (at NJROTC), this is the highest I've ever finished in one track meet," Halloran said, except last year, when the Commanders won the Public High League meet on a disqualification. The track at NJROTC "is half beach, sand anywhere from one to four inches, and when it rains it's a lake. It's part rocky road. You could make a Ted Drewes concoction," he joked. De Soto's Justa Dahl made like a split and ran away from her friendly distance rivals in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Dahl, a senior, won the 1,600 in 5 minutes 8. …

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