The Highland High School boys track and field team had to endure about a hour weather delay, but the Bulldogs persevered well en route to taking ninth out of 25 competing squads Saturday at the Collinsville Invitational.
Sophomore Tyler Higgins was the fastest 400-meter runner on the day after stopping the FAT (fixed automated time) clock at 48.92 seconds, which was more than a full second faster than Demontez McCray of O’Fallon’s second-place time of 49.96.
Higgins also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.24. Two other area runners nabbed the top two spots with Triad junior Adam Nelson outleaning Wesclin Justin Goff to win the 100 by .02 of a second with a winning of 10.93 compared to Goff’s 10.95.
Goff also placed second in the 200 at a 22.44, which only trailed Keveion Akins of Cahokia (22.29) to the stripe.
Also competing well for Highland at the meet were: the 4 x 800-meter relay team of senior Trevor White (1:58), junior Hayden Smart (2:02.3), senior Ben Menke (2:04.6) and senior Grant Riggs (2;09.0), fourth (8:13.83); the 4 x 200 relay team of senior Brendan Sands (23.0), senior Logan Geiger (23.0), senior Gage Geiger (23.7) and junor Sam Teipe (22.9), sixth place (1:32.64); and Sands, seventh in the 200 (23.21).
“We had about an hour delay, but the boys hung in there well,” said Highland coach Bob Vance. “We look like we are ready to peak for the big meets coming up.”
Vance said he knew Mississippi Valley Conference Championships meet on Wednesday — which was after the press time for the News Leader — was going to be tough because Triad, Mascoutah and Waterloo all have strong teams.
Each team has strengths and weaknesses and whichever team came out on top, he said, was going to come down to who wanted it the most.