Daniel Harris, coach of both the boys and girls track teams at John Burroughs had what could easily be classified as almost a perfect day. Behind the three first-place performances of junior Ezekiel Elliott, and the three first place efforts by sophomore middle distance runner Annalise Wagner, the Bombers had perhaps their best day ever on a track.
“This is simply amazing. We’re a small school with a small enrollment, and there is lot of competition for athletes on our different (spring) teams,” said Harris. “We simply cannot find enough track runners to cover every event.”
One thing that does not give is the talent of sprinter/hurdler Elliott. Already committed to Ohio State in football, Elliott was a one-man wrecking crew on the MICDS track Saturday.
He had to be exhausted, following first-place finishes in the 110 high hurdles (14.51); first in the 100 meter dash (11.12) and first in the 300 meter intermediates (38.55).
All the runners will have to advance through sectionals next week at MICDS, and Burroughs has high hopes for the state meet in Jefferson City May 25-26.
Plopped in a chair with the Burroughs contingent, Elliott revealed he’d been sick the balance of the week. “I was running a fever; I had a lot of congestion. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it today.”
Harris calls Ellliott a great leader on his squad. “He’s everything good in an athlete you’d expect,” said his coach.
Elliott promises he will do even better on Saturday.
The Burroughs girls were simply amazing too.
Wagner, newcomer had a day for the ages. She blazed to first in the 1600 meter (5:26.83) and closed out the day in the 800 meter in first in 2:25.69. Her teammates mobbed her after each surprising victory.
She ran on the winning 4 X 800 meter relay, timed in 10.15.06. That relay was comprised of Wagner; Anna Stillman, Alicia Liu and Amanda Cao. All four are under class women.
Wagner explained her performances. “Audrey (Imbs) of MICDS went out early and I had to be patient in the 800 meter run. Usually my third lap is slower so I really had to push. I really gave it all I had in that final lap,” said Wagner, a bit overwhelmed by all of her sudden success.
It was a fun day overall for Bomber track and field athletes.
Xavier Bledsoe, junior captured the high jump in 6-2. Andrew Bartnett of Burroughs won the pole vault in 13-6. Junior Jaelin McGull of Burroughs was second in the discus at 142-05, and he had a bad back earlier in the week.
Rams put on a strong performance
MICDS put on a strong showing too on the very hot day.
Senior Haley Pryor passed on any attempts through nine feet and won the pole vault easily in 11-0. Senior Todd Hearns of MICDS won the shot put in 46-08.
The MICDS relay team of Chris Brown ,senior; Chris Noda, junior; Tillman Bartelsmeyer, freshman and Amos Bartelsmeyer won the 4 X 800 relay in 8:10.03.
Amos Bartelsmeyer doubled in the 800 and 1600 meter runs (see related story).
Senior Madison Mann was second in both the 100 meter hurdles (15.38) and the 300 meter intermediates in 45.79.
On the boys ledger, John Burroughs took first place with 114 points, followed by University City, 105; MICDS 95, Jennings 65 and Clayton 57.
The MICDS girls edged U. City 139 to 138, followed by McCluer South Berkeley, 69.5; Clayton 61 and Burroughs 57.