CARBONDALE – The question going into the South Seven Conference girls track meet was if anyone could stay with Cahokia.
The answer was no.
The Comanches won six events and racked up seven second place finishes.
Cahokia finished with 153 points, Mount Vernon was second with 127.5 and Mount Vernon was third at 95.5.
“Realistically, when you look at our conference, we have a lot of all-state athletes,” said Carbondale coach Greg Storm. “Cahokia is definitely loaded. They’ve got two girls that carry their team really. They’ve got one girl that won four events. It shows the depth of Mount Vernon and Centralia that they can hang with them for a while.”
Cahokia sophomore Mariya Hudson stole the show, winning four events. She took first in the 100 meters (11.97), 200 meters (25.0), 400 meters (56.02) and the long jump (18-6.75).
Although Carbondale finished fourth, the Terriers had their moments.
“I think we did an excellent job,” Storm said. “Coming in I predicted we’d score roughly 55 points or something like that. We went well above that. Some kids really showed up. Sian Person came out and won the shot put with a personal best. Atlexus Green ran a great three races. Madison Willard came on strong in the 3,200 meters today.”
Green, a freshman, placed second in the 800 meters and fourth in the 1,600.
“I have 16 total girls and 12 of them are runners,” Storm said. “We had to spread them pretty thin today. We definitely went above what I thought we were going to do.”
Marion picked up one second place finish by Tarynn Taylor in the 100 meter hurdles. Taylor, a sophomore, ran a personal best 15.29.
“She is rounding into shape,” said Marion coach Jenna Griffith. “She ran the 100 meter hurdles. She came back and run the 100. I think that has really helped her. It’s just made her that much stronger. She’s packing in a lot of events right there at the beginning.”
Marion’s depth was hurt Tuesday by the absence of sophomore 800 runner Madeline Bruce. She had the area's best 800 meter time heading into the meet. Bruce injured her knee playing soccer Monday.
“It’s up in the air,” Griffith said. “She goes to the doctor on Thursday to see where she is at from there. He just told her he wants her doing absolutely nothing this week. We’ll just have to wait.”
The Class 2A girls sectional is next Thursday at Triad.