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Notebook: MRH Taking Aim at Third Straight Track Title

The two-time defending state champion MRH boys track team is in position to make it three in a row.

As the high school spring sports season begins to wind down and we enter postseason competition in each of the spring sports, we’d like to give fans and supporters of area teams an update.

Here is a recap of what went down last week and a brief look at what is coming up for area teams:

MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS

The two-time defending state champion MRH boys track team put itself in position to make it three in a row by easily winning the Class 2 sectional championships at Principia High last Saturday.

The Blue Devils won nine of the meet’s 18 events, and took second place in five others, to score a whopping 146 team points, which easily outdistanced second-place finisher Scott City, which scored 89 points.

The big winners of the day for MRH were seniors Nick Coulter and Marcus Taylor.

Coulter won three individual events, including the long jump, triple jump, and 300-meter hurdles while Taylor finished first in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

Another senior standout, Marcus Daily, won the shot put while Cortez Cooper, yet another MRH senior, took second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

The Blue Devils also swept the three sprint relay races, including the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400. MRH is considered a strong contender to win another state championship in Jefferson City this weekend.

The MRH girls track team also did well at sectionals. The Blue Devils finished sixth, and qualified for state in six events.

Brittney Bell will compete for a state title in the discus throw, while Brandi Allen will do the same in the shot put. Essence Brewer qualified for state in two events, the 100 and 200, and will also run on MRH’s state-qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 teams.

The MRH baseball team ended its five-game losing streak last week, winning three games to end the regular season.

One of those victories was a record-setting 32-6 victory over Crossroads College Prep on Wednesday. In that contest, Kevin Sapp had four hits and seven runs batted in, while Kashon Hagens and Brad Swedlund added five RBI apiece.

But the big news was the successful appearance of female ballplayer Mariah Russell, who drew a walk, drove in a run, and also scored a run against Crossroads. It is believed that Russell’s three accomplishments—successfully reaching base, driving in a run, and scoring a run—are each firsts for an MRH female baseball player.

Russell and the rest of the Blue Devils will begin MSHSAA district play on Tuesday against Cleveland NJROTC at Brentwood Park at 7:30 p.m.

The MRH girls soccer team finished off what proved to be a brutal regular season with a 7-0 loss at John F. Kennedy last Friday.

The Blue Devils, who haven’t won since the season opener, did end their eight-game scoreless streak on Wednesday, but still lost the game, 2-1, against Bayless. District play will begin for MRH on Tuesday when the Blue Devils will play at John Burroughs at 4:15 p.m.

The winner of that contest will face Brentwood in the district championship game on Thursday.

BRENTWOOD

The Brentwood baseball team’s win streak reached eight games before the Eagles lost last Tuesday to Hancock, and then again on Thursday against Priory.

Despite the two losses, Brentwood was still named the top seed in its district, and will receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Eagles await the winner of the Valley Park-Lift for Life Academy first-round game, and will play that winner on Wednesday at Brentwood Park at 4 p.m.

The Brentwood girls soccer team also received a first-round bye for the district playoffs, and will play Tuesday’s John Burroughs-MRH winner in the district championship game at John Burroughs on at 4:15 p.m.

The Brentwood girls and boys track teams only had one individual who qualified for the state championship meet. Sophomore Taylor Harrell, who will run for the state title in the 400-meter dash, finished third at the sectional meet at Principia last week.

(Have some local sports news, or story ideas? Please email Patch writer Cedric Williams at cedricwilliams510@gmail.com)

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