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Kahok girls track season gets underway

by Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — After getting snowed out at Principia College on Feb. 16, the Collinsville girls track team made their debut on Feb. 22 at the Joe Elliott Early Indoor meet at the Marion High School HEC Building.

Collinsville took fifth place out of 20 teams with 49 points. Mascoutah won the meet with 81 points edging out O’Fallon with 72.5 points.

Kahok freshman Kwanza Henderson won the 200 meters while the 4×200 meter relay team finished second. The Kahoks also recorded four other top-five finishes.

“I was really happy to see all of the younger athletes show up and compete at the varsity level,” said Coach Adam Blair, “Freshman Kwanza Henderson winning the 200 meter dash 60 meter dash puts her in a great position to be successful in the upcoming outdoor season. The 4×200 had the fastest opening time in my time as the head coach.  Looking forward to seeing them all progress as individuals and as a team.”

Henderson had a tremendous outing for her first time in high school. She ran a time of 27.53 seconds to win the 200 meters over Tiara Johnson of Mt. Vernon who finished at 28.53.

She was tied with Sanai Perry-Anderson of O’Fallon for fourth place in the 60-meter dash. Both girls ran times of 8.16 seconds. Kortni Clark of O’Fallon won the race with a time of 7.88 seconds.

In the 4×200, relay the Kahok team of Henderson, Talesha Gilmore, Gabriella Askew and Darlana Morris took second with a time of 1:52.49. O’Fallon won the race at 1:50.09.

Fresh off the basketball court, Gilmore took fourth in the 200, with a time of 28.49 just .04 behind third place finisher Jodia Redolo of Mascoutah.

Kahoks Karley Jo Jackson and Craig Hall took fourth and fifth respectively in the shot put.

Jackson had a best toss of 32’ 5” while Hall came in at 31’ 8”. Bailey Alfred of Benton, Ky. (Marshall County) had a heave of 34’ 1” to take the competition victory.

In the triple jump Danajah Willis, also fresh from the hoop season, took fifth place in the triple jump with a bound of 30’ 8”. Kamarie Pollard of Mt. Vernon took first with a leap of 35’ 1”.

Upcoming Schedule

Collinsville is back in action on March 9 at the Jersey Winter Thaw at Principia College in Elsah.

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