High school girls track and field
The MICDS girls track team was not going to settle for less than a state track championship this spring.
The Rams finished second in 2017 by one point in the Class 4 state track meet after winning it all in 2016. Heading into the recent meet in Jefferson City, the girls wanted to show state they were the best. They certainly did that. MICDS finished first with 88 points. They blew away the field. Washington was a distant second with 55 points. The Camdenton Lakers came in third with 47 while Webster Groves claimed fourth with 41.
“Our expectations were really high,” MICDS coach Jim Lohr said. “It really was not anything I did or the coaching staff did to create them. These girls were motivated and driven. Probably getting anything less than a trophy would have been a huge letdown for us.”
This was MICDS’ third state championship. Along with 2016, the Rams won in 2011.
Lohr said those other state title teams were “probably as driven, but not as talented” as the 2018 squad.
“The year we won 2011, those girls were every bit as driven, but these girls were much more talented,” Lohr said. “We were one point away from making it three years in a row. I’d be foolish to say that wasn’t a big motivating factor for us.”
Jhordin Galmore won two events for the Rams. She took the 200 meters in 24.66 seconds and the 400 meters in 57.68.
Cara Johnson won the 100 meters in 12.06 seconds and placed second in the 200 in 24.71.
Zionn Pearson won the long jump in 18 feet, 6.25 inches.
The Rams did well in the relays, winning the 400 in 47.22 and the 800 in 1:41.88.
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Principia junior Busiwa Asinga had a state track meet to remember.
She won the 300 hurdles in 44.02 seconds for a new school record. In the 100 meters, she came in second in 12.13 and third in the 200 in 25.35.
Panthers coach Blair Lindsay said Asinga did well at the state meet.
“Her times at state were expectable given her season’s work and her performances last season,” Lindsay said. “We figured she’d be in the top two or three in each of her events.”
Asinga is a talented athlete, Lindsay said.
“Busiwa is fearless; she is hard-working and she is coachable,” Lindsay said. “She loves both competition and her competitors, often making new friends after each race.”
Asinga reacted as Lindsay expected her to after the events.
“She was thrilled, but is by nature a very humble person,” Lindsay said. “Like everyone else, she enjoys doing well. She also knows she is gifted and that hard work is not the entire story. I think this helps her keep perspective.”
She can improve in her senior year, Lindsay said.
“I suspect there’s still a lot of upside, but I always try to steer away from what an athlete will do or can do,” Lindsay said. “After they’ve done it, then it can be talked about. But before the fact, it’s just talk.”
For now, he’s glad to have her back for another year.
“Are you kidding? It’s always great to have talented, hard-working runners,” Lindsay said. “We’re very happy to have her back next year. She’s a good student, makes friends easily. Makes friends from other schools we compete with. Good sense of humor. Everyone likes Busiwa. She’s a great ambassador for Principia. She’s a great girl. A fine athlete.”
High school boys track and field
As Lafayette senior Nassim Oufattole ended his career as a distance runner for the Lancers, he saved his best for last by winning his last high school race in the recent Class 5 state meet in Jefferson City.
Oufattole went into the state meet with the fastest time in the 3200 meters this spring – 9 minutes, 8 seconds. He did not come close to that time at state. Oufattole finished eighth in the 3200 in 9 minutes, 39.36 seconds.
“I know Nassim was disappointed after the 3200. He had a pretty grueling last few weeks and the race just got away from him,” Lafayette boys track and field coach Matt Warren said. “But he didn’t let it get to him. He remained positive and rebounded with a vengeance in that 1600 the next day.”
Indeed, he did.
Oufattole won the 1600 in 4:20.02. That was 2 seconds off his personal best time.
“For Nassim to win a state title in his last high school race was so special,” Warren said. “He is an amazing young man and has put in so much hard work and dedication. He deserved it.”
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The Principia Panthers did well in the recent Class 3 state track and field meet in Jefferson City.
It was a good showing by the Panthers, coach Blair Lindsay said.
“[It’s] one we’re grateful for. It’s tempting to calculate before the fact what’s going to happen, but at the end of the day, it’s all how particular athletes do that day,” Lindsay said. “And at the end of the day, it’s a good day if they’ve run the best they could that day and grown as people.”
The 3200 relay team won first place with a time of 7 minutes, 59.40 seconds. It set a school record by exactly half a second.
“We knew they had a good chance at winning, but that’s never something you can count on before it happens,” Lindsay said. “There are always plenty of good teams at state, and there were this year.”
Members of the relay were junior Nathan Babcock, sophomore Bramwell Havi and seniors Chris Mwaura and Boone Steele.
“Best times for each leg of the relay,” Lindsay said. “[It’s] exciting to see bests when you want them to peak. They competed with the other boys out there, and that led to a good performance by all of them. [They were] elated. Pleased. Proud of their accomplishment. Grateful they pushed through hard workouts earlier this season. Thankful for the opportunity.”
High school boys volleyball
Lafayette boys volleyball coach Doug Ell is stepping down from the program.
In his final season, the Lancers finished second in the Class 4 state tournament.
St. Louis University High defeated Lafayette 25-22, 25-16 in the title match played at Webster Groves in May. The Lancers wound up 28-5. It marked the fourth consecutive year the two teams had played for the championship.
The program lost six seniors to graduation.
“We will return three starters next year and return a number of young athletic players ready to move in and continue the legacy,” Ell said. “Lafayette boys volleyball is in a good place for the next chapter of this story. The future looks very promising.”
The future will go on without Ell.
“This was my last chapter with the Lafayette program,” Ell said. “We have held true to a mantra of ‘Family First’ through the years. This program and these boys have been a big part of my family. I love them all like sons, but now my primary family needs me, and I need to be there for them. “
It is tough to step down, Ell said.
“What we have built here has been very special, and I am proud of all the accomplishments that my players and coaching staffs have made,” Ell said. “There will always be a special place in my heart for our Lancer men.”
Ell led the program for 19 seasons.
“It seems like just yesterday I was talking with my assistant coach Sue Tillery about taking the job,” Ell said. “She has been by my side for all 19 years and behind the scenes has played a major role in the success of this program. I think it is those day-to-day interactions that I will miss the most.”
A new coach has not yet been named.
High school girls lacrosse
In her last season coaching the Westminster Christian Academy girls lacrosse team, Lindsay Carlile said it is one she won’t forget.
Carlile, who is now the women’s lacrosse coach at Missouri Baptist University, saw her team finish third after the Wildcats beat Lafayette 13-9 in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association state third-place match at Westminster Christian Academy.
“This was one of the most incredible seasons I’ve been privileged to coach,” Carlile said. “For the sixth consecutive season, our team was honored with the Spirit of the Game award by lacrosse officials celebrating sportsmanship, love for the game and [giving] 110 percent on the field. When I started coaching nine years ago at WCA, we built a program on the foundation of our faith and having fun.
“While we weren’t the most talented team, we were committed to pursuing Christ-centered excellence every day and trusted the results would eventually be evident on the scoreboard. It was great to see the kids finish the year with a win knowing they did it the right way with all three of those coming together.”
Westminster finished 19-5, but there was more to the team than just victories for Carlile.
“For me, the real ‘win’ has been getting to know these amazing girls and their families these past nine seasons, but certainly seeing the kids put all the pieces together this year was extra sweet,” Carlile said. “These girls have made quite a legacy for WCA lacrosse, and I’m so grateful for the time I was blessed to spend with them.”