CARTERVILLE -- The Marion Junior High School girls track and field team used its depth to bring home the SIJHSAA Class L State Track and Field Meet championship trophy Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats compiled 70 points at Lions Field to finish ahead of runner up O'Fallon-Carriel (50), while Collinsville (39), Triad (38) and Whiteside (36) took the next spots at a meet where 39 teams scored at least one point.
Marion's boys, meanwhile, finished in fifth and had their streak of being four-time defending Class L champions snapped.
The pole vault gave the Lady Cats a strong start as Charlotte Arnold won the event at 8-6 and Karris Rhine tied for second at 8-0 to give Marion 17 team points in that event alone.
But that was the only event Marion won on the girls side.
The 400 relay placed third (52.81) and the 800 relay placed fifth (1:54.46). The 1,600 relay was sixth (4:36.55) for three points.
Those relays included Heaven Lawrence, Heaven Edwards, Janae Maxwell, Makiah Baker, Stephanie Rodriguez, Raegan Kind, Isis Williams-Wolaver and Margaux Bruce.
Bruce, a seventh-grader, was qualified for three individual events and racked up 17 points by herself. Bruce placed third in the 800-meter run (2:33.82), fourth in the 400 (1:02.15) and was third in the long jump (15-3.5).
Lawrence was second in the 100 hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.01 seconds. Maxwell was fourth in the 7th grade 100 (13.27) and Jade Nappier was fourth in both the discus (80-4) and shot put (30-3) to score 10 points.
The boys had two champions in high jumper Jadden Hollis, who went a personal-best height of 5-10, and the 7th grade 800 relay team of Deavon Margrum, Rayzhaun Bardo, Bryson Wilson and Da'Mareon Cooper with a time of 1:43.25 to edge Carriel at the wire (1:43.65).
Collinsville won the meet with 86 points, followed by Carriel (53), Mascoutah (47), Salem (42) and Marion (41) with 38 teams scoring a point.
Marion's 1,600 relay placed third in 3:53, which was a season-best time by six seconds. That foursome was Matthew Cook, Cooper, Blake Sircher and Nashon Miller.
Other medal winners were the 8th grade 800 relay (5th, 1:41.31), Cooper in the 7th grade 100 (8th, 12.34), Kane Carter in shot put (4th, 43-6) and Dyson Roye in pole vault (4th, 9-0).