Rock Bridge, Hickman track teams wrap up season at state meet

Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 7:21 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Both the Rock Bridge and Hickman track teams finished their seasons with individual achievements at the Class 4 State Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.

The Rock Bridge boys team finished seventh as a team, and, although the girls team didn't finish near the top, coach Neal Blackburn felt the young Bruins' girls had some important successes.

Leading the Bruin boys team was the 4 x 800-meter relay, which finished second in the state, while posting a new school record, Blackburn said.

"I thought Jordan Cook and Collin Sees ran especially well in that relay," Blackburn said.

The Rock Bridge throwers also bounced back from a rough day in the discus on Friday. Senior Nick Sublett and junior Austin Ray finished fourth and sixth in the shot put. Sublett's finish improved from fifth place last year and also set a school record.

"They had a good comeback from yesterday in the shot put, so that was really good," Blackburn said.

Junior Caleb Wilfong finished third in the 1600 meter final.

On the girls' side, a pair of sophomore hurdlers led the way.

Mallory Short finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, and Sienna Trice finished third and set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles. Blackburn said the sophomores took "giant steps" forward as athletes at the state meet.

"Those girls did a really nice job of showing up and competing today," Blackburn said.

The Hickman girls team finished in 12th place as a team and saw its seniors have some success in their final high school meet.

Victoria Jackson placed fourth in the long jump, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. All three finishes were improvements from last year's state meet.

Sarah Hall, the defending state champion in the shot put, finished third.

Kewpies coach Steve Kissane said the seniors will be missed but was happy to see them be successful at the state meet.

"It was nice to see Sarah, Victoria and Taalor (Stevenson) go out on a high note," Kissane said.

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