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Bolden, Moore come through for Spartans

May 11, 2017

Talk about a quick turnaround.

Southeast High School sophomore Raven Moore qualified for the Class 2A State Meet with a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash at the Southeast Sectional on Wednesday, then minutes later anchored the Spartans’ winning 4x400 relay. The sophomore estimates she had around five minutes between races at Southeast High School.

“Before the 4x400 my legs were completely dead,” Moore said. “But when I get in the 4x400 my whole body goes numb.

“It’s all about heart. It’s not physical. It’s a mental thing. You’ve got to be ready to help your team win and not just help yourself to win. You’ve got to think about others.”

Moore is new to the Spartans’ roster. She lived in Waco, Texas, last year and advanced to the state meet there.

“I made it in the 400 because I didn’t really run the 200 and I ended up getting ninth (in Class 5A),” she said.

Moore’s first sectional in Illinois was packed full of action. She helped Southeast win the 4x100 and qualified for state with a second-place finish in the 400.

However, Moore is not the only transfer student who came up big for the Spartans at the sectional. Like Moore, sophomore sprinter and jumper Serena Bolden qualified for state in four events. The former Galesburg High School student advanced to state in the triple jump, long jump, 200 and 4x100 relay.

As the meet winded down, Bolden had to dig deep. She came up with a first-place finish in the triple jump, winning with a leap of 36 feet 6 ½ inches.

“The sun beating down on me was making my whole body tired,” she said. “When I made it to the finals, I took two jumps. I said I’m not going to take my third because I’m going off to state. I said I’m going to relax and get ready for the 200.”

Bolden competed for Galesburg in the 4x100, 4x200 and long jump at last year’s state meet. She will compete in four this time around.

“I’m really happy because I doubted myself in the 200,” she said. “I felt like I had tough competition. I’m happy I made it in all four. I knew I had long and triple, but the 200 was the most thing I was worried about. I knew in the 4x100 we would get first or second or make the time.”

It was a big day for both Southeast and Lanphier athletes. The Spartans and Lions were among the top three teams. Cahokia won the sectional with 124 points followed by Southeast (119) and Lanphier (63).

The meet was memorable for the Lions. Lanphier broke school records in the 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay that were both set in 1999. It also qualified in the 4x400.

Lanphier’s foursome of freshman Jaylen Muldrow, junior Ashley Farmer, freshman Tylliyah Lane and freshman Martrice Brooks won the 4x200 relay in 1:44.01, breaking the previous program record of 1:45.4.

Muldrow, Farmer, Brooks teamed up with sophomore N’Dia Jackson to placed second in 48.47 seconds to Southeast in the 4x100, breaking the school record of 48.9 seconds.

“I was very shocked,” Farmer said of the Lanphier setting two new school records. “I never thought about accomplishing a big goal like that. I’m very proud of my teammates.

“It just makes me excited. It hasn’t hit me yet because I haven’t cried yet. I’ll probably cry when I get home.”

Brooks and Farmer also went 2-3 in the 100. Both qualified for state in the event.

Southeast senior Dontavia Howard didn’t let shin problems keep her from the state meet. She fought through the pain and qualified in the 100 high hurdles, 300 low hurdles, 4x100 and 4x400.

“I feel like I made it in by the skin of my teeth, but I’m going to try to go to state and gut it out because I want to go to the finals,” she said.

Taken from Sj-r.com