Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Track Notebook: Maplewood-Richmond Heights Finishes Second,

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Track Notebook: Maplewood-Richmond Heights Finishes Second,

Article excerpt

J.C. Kime was stunned.

The Maplewood-Richmond Heights boys track and field coach couldn't believe all the points the Blue Devils left on the table. And how it came back to bite them.

Louisiana scored 128 points, three more than Maplewood to win the Class 2 District 2 meet Saturday at Lutheran St. Charles.

Kime said the runner-up finish was a bit of a disappointment.

The Blue Devils were dynamite in their relays, but some of their open events didn't perform the way they hoped. Maplewood entered Marquise White and Devon Williams in the 400-meter race expecting both would manage top four finishes and advance to the sectional meet on Saturday. White finished fifth in 53.47 seconds and Williams was ninth in 54.51. Both were nearly a full second slower than their seed times.

"The open 400, we were expecting two guys to get out and have two guys that were in the top eight of the state," Kime said.

After winning the Class 2 title in 2011, the Blue Devils have been unable to muster enough points to finish higher than eighth (2012). They finished 11th last season.

This year, Maplewood was supposed to contend for a trophy, and it still might. But it's going to be difficult after losing both 400 runners and outstanding jumper Tyre Taylor, who entered the long jump with the fifth-best seed distance, but finished seventh.

The Blue Devils did flex their muscles in the relays. Maplewood won the 400-, 800- and 1,600-relays. The 1,600 time of 3:29.8 was the best time the Blue Devils have run this season by three seconds. The members of those relays include Kareem Harry, Ramon Agard, Kendall Nelson, Taylor, Qwamaine Jackson, Devon Williams and Romelle Person.

Nelson won the 300 hurdles (41.93) and Kailen Ludwig captured the discus (129-08).

Other area winners included Cleveland NJROTC dynamo and Oklahoma recruit Michael Wells, who rolled in the 100 (10. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.