MASCOUTAH — On a night where each point proved crucial, one mistake wasn't the difference between winning and losing for the Mascoutah Indians on Friday at the Mascoutah Boys Track and Field Invitational.
But two mistakes might have been.
Mount Vernon sophomore Brykell Patton won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and the Rams took advantage of poor execution by host Mascoutah in two relays to blow past the Indians for an eight-point win at Mascoutah High School
Holding late leads in both the 400 and 800 relays, the host Indians botched hand-offs, allowing Mount Vernon to rally for victories. Mascoutah would settle for a second in the 400 relay and took third in the 800 relay.
"They might have been the difference in us winning or placing second. In all fairness though, we made a late change in the 800-meter relay, so that wasn't our normal four runners,'' Indians coach Jerry Jones said. "But you still have to execute on the exchange. We still have some work to do there.''
With Patton and its sprint relays combining for four wins, Mount Vernon finished with 136 points, while Mascoutah was second with 128.
Highland was distant third with 84 points. University on Nebraska football recruit Tanner Farmer led the way for Highland, sweeping the shot put and discus.
Brothers Murphy Affolder and Noah Affolder combined for three wins to pace Mascoutah.
One of the top freshman in the state, Noah Affolder won the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 46.1 seconds. He Affolder followed that effort up two hours later by winning the 1,600 in 4:28.
"It was a good night. It was hot and I would prefer it being a little cooler. But you deal with it,'' Noah Affolder said. "The goals are around 4:22 in the 1,600 and 9:20 in the 3,200. They're both attainable.
A senior, Murphy Affolder had the comeback of the night in the 800.
Affolder trailed by 30 meters with under 300 to go, but finished with a time of 2:00.03, nearly two seconds faster than his nearest rival.
Cameron Yates won the high jump for Mascoutah with a leap of 5-feet, 10 inches.
Teammate Barry Richardson won the long jump with a leap of 22-5.
"That'd got to be one of the longest jumps around this year. It's not a jump like the kid from Cahokia (Jamari Ward). He's been in the 23s and 24-foot range all year,'' Jones said. "Barry has improved a lot. He's really worked hard and his elevation off the floor has got much better. He's got very good hang time.''
Grant Riggs won the 400 for Highland's other win.