Hickman, Rock Bridge have strong showings

Saturday, April 25, 2009 | 7:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 25, 2009

COLUMBIA – The Kirkwood Invitational was a record-breaking event for the Hickman boys and girls track and field teams.

The boys placed second overall and broke two meet records in the process.

Josh Harvey placed first in the shot put, breaking the meet record by two feet. His throw of 58 feet 11 inches was his career best.

“If he can keep performing like that, he is going to do great things in the rest of the season,” said Hickman’s head coach Steve Kissane.

The 4x800 meter relay team also placed first with a season’s-best time of 8:05. The relay was composed of Al Cade, Jimmy Garth, Jordan Fleming and Terrell Shannon.

Shannon ran in the anchor position of all four of Hickman’s relays.


Newcomer Wesley Leftwich placed second in the long jump by jumping 20 feet 5 ½ inches.

Matt Brummit placed second in the high jump with a height of 6 feet 5 inches – his season best.

In the pole vault, Hickman had two placers. Nate Little placed fourth with a vault of 12 feet and Ted Nickels placed seventh with a vault of 11 feet 6 inches.

Distance runner Seth O’Laughlin placed third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:34.

The 4x200 placed fifth at 1:29.8. The relay team included Wesley Leftwich, Cody Rios, Jimmy Garth, and Terrell Shannon.

The 4x100 ran a 45.5 also placing fifth. The team was composed of Wesley Leftwich, Cody Rios, Diego Brown, and Terrell Shannon.

The 4x400 placed second, clocking in at 3:22.9. Jimmy Garth led off, followed by Marcus Whitt and Jordan Fleming. Terrell Shannon anchored.

“He (Shannon) is quite a competitor,” Kissane said. “He has a tremendous heart.”

The girls’ team didn’t officially place, but also had a successful day with two first place finishes.

Victoria Jackson won the long jump. Her jump of 15 feet 10 inches was significantly less than her personal best due to the stiff wind.

Galit Rudelson also placed first by breaking a school record in the pole vault, which she had tied the previous two weekends.

“It was nice to see her get that,” Kissane said.

She jumped 10 feet 6 inches, breaking the record by one foot at two heights.

“Overall, it was a real satisfying and I think the kids are really excited about the day,” Coach Kissane said.

The Rock Bridge boys also had a solid meet, taking third in the 4x100 meter relay and 4x200 meter relay. Marcus Buford, who runs both those races, also took third in the 200 meter.

On the field, Mike Musket took third in discuss for the Bruins.

On the girls' side, Lauren Sliker finished third in the 100 and 200 meter races, while Sam Garrett took first in the 3200 meter and second in the 1600. In that 1600, Anastasia Schmaltz placed third for the Bruins.


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