Posted: Saturday, 18 May 2013 7:22PM

Alexander sweeps Class 2 hurdles, Strafford finishes fifth

Jefferson City, Mo. (Ozarks Sports Zone)  -- Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player

There is something special about Strafford and hurdles.


“We are starting a hurdling tradition at Strafford,” said Blake Alexander.

In 2011 Dylan Barnum swept both the 110M and 300M hurdles, with his 110M time of 14.32 being the second fastest in Class 2 state history.

On Saturday Alexander continued that legacy becoming the second Indian in the last three years to sweep both hurdle events.

“It feels awesome,” said Alexander. “I worked really hard this spring; I finally got my times down to where I wanted them. I’m so excited.”


Alexander started his work on Friday, when he won both preliminary events by more than a second to set the tone for Saturday’s final.

“I wanted to make a statement that I’m back, healthy this year, and ready to compete, and that it was going to take a lot to beat me,” said Alexander.
Alexander did just that. His time of 14.27 in 110M prelims topped the mark set by his predecessor Barnum.

In the finals, as he has done all year, Alexander rolled, posting a 14.31 in the 110M and a 38.75 in the 300M to remain unbeaten on the year. His 300M time is the third fastest in Class 2 history.

“The drive to be great really propelled me,” said Alexander. “I knew I was a decent hurdler, but I really wanted to be a great hurdler. My coach talked to me about being successful and said we could do it, so we did it.”


Blake Alexander’s 2013 season will go down as one of the most dominant track campaigns in the history of the Ozarks. Next year, Alexander will take his talents to William Jewell College, a Division Two university in Liberty, Missouri, just north of Kansas City.

Although the heights of the hurdles will change a bit, Alexander’s state times would make him the top hurdler at William Jewell had he been enrolled this year. His times would have also put him in contention to qualify for the NCAA D-2 Nationals.

But for now, Alexander is just enjoying the ending of his career in maroon and white.

“It’s been awesome; I’ve had some really great teammates come along,” said Alexander. “I can’t think my coaches enough for pushing me to my limits and my family for supporting me. Overall it was just an awesome year and an awesome career at Strafford.”

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Ava 9, Mt. Grove 8

Ava won the battle of SCA unbeatens with a walk-off sac fly.

Pictures: Southwest 10, Purdy 8

Southwest claims the Ozark 7 championship.

Pictures: Central vs. Glendale tennis

The Falcons and Bulldogs met at Cooper on Wednesday.
O-Zone Opinion
10 improved and surprise spring sports teams
In honor of giving spring its fair due, we take time out like we did in basketball season to highlight the spring's most improved/surprise/overachieving/under-the-radar/whatever-you-wanna-call-it teams. As a general rule, this list won't include...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Breaking down the new boys basketball districts
It's that time again… Every two years MSHSAA reshuffles classes and districts, unintentionally and yet effectively changing the landscape of the sport and this spring was no different. Here are the changes you will want to note for the boys...
Read More
Making sense of the new girls basketball districts
Who do you have going all the way in your bracket? Your 2014-15 high school district basketball bracket, that is. Last weekend, MSHSAA released classification and district assignments for the next two school years. We saw notable changes in most...
Read More
Most Viewed