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By Mark Jurgena
It was a productive trip into Southern Illinois for the Collinsville girls track team on Feb. 23. The Kahoks took sixth place at the 19-team Joe Elliot Girls Indoor Invitational in Marion.
“Very proud of the performances as a team, especially from the younger athletes,” said CHS girls track coach Adam Blair. ”It’s a great group of girls that are competing early on in the season.”
Kahok sophomore Deairra Spears had a good meet by finishing second in both the 60-meter dash and the 200 meters.
She ran a time of 8.22 seconds to edge O’Fallon’s sophomore Sanai Perry-Anderson by .01 seconds to win Heat #2 of the Finals.
That time put Spears just behind O’Fallon junior Sydni Daniels. She won Heat #1 of the finals with a time of 8.17.
The Kahok won her prelim in 8.25 seconds.
In the 200, she finished second in her finals heat behind Mascoutah’s Jamison Love. The Indian sophomore ran 27.83 while Spears finished in 28.03 seconds.
Senior Ragin Clemons took sixth place in the 60 with a time of 8.31 seconds in her finals heat. Clemons won her prelim heat also in 8.31 seconds.
In the 4×200 meters, the Kahoks brought home a third place finish. Clemons, Spears, Talesha Gilmore, and Ashley Janini ran a 1:54.17.
Craig Hall took fifth place in the shot put with a best of 9.51 meters.
Catalina Jimenez was sixth in 800 meters overall but first in her heat with a time of 2:46.94.
Megan Jeremias was seventh in the 400 meters. The senior ran a time of 1:10.61.
The 4×400 relay was seventh overall with a time of 4:47.23. The team consisted of three freshmen and one sophomore. Janini, Jimenez, Toby Hawkes, and Brooklyn Dixon were on the team.
O’Fallon won the team title with 106 points to far outdistance the 78 points compiled by Mascoutah.
CHS amassed 35 points to tie Anna-Jonesboro for sixth.