WOOD RIVER — It took a team effort, but the St. Cecilia girls track and field team won Thursday’s Class C, District 9 championship, despite qualifying just two athletes for next week’s state track and field meet in Omaha.
The Hawkettes tallied 102 1/3 points to squeeze past Doniphan-Trumbull (100). Superior (89 1/3) finished third, Sutton (85) was fourth and Sandy Creek (49 1/3) was sixth. Blue Hill scored 12 points for seventh.
“We had some kids who were third-, fourth- and fifth-placers, and those add up,” said St. Cecilia head coach Alan VanCura. “Whereas we don’t have a lot of qualifiers, the district championship is nice.”
Sandy Creek boys head coach Lue Graesser said winning this year’s district meet wasn’t exactly what he was expecting. The Cougars tallied 111 points to outscore Sutton by nine points. St. Cecilia finished third (96), while Doniphan-Trumbull was fourth (78 1/2). Blue Hill (47) and Superior (22) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
“This is our second year in a row, and this was a little more of a surprise than last year,” Graesser said.