The Highland High boy cross country team didn’t have the race coach Doug Bradley was looking for, but he said they didn’t run poorly. The Bulldogs finished in 18th place out of 21 teams at the Edwardsville Invitational Saturday at the SIUE course.
“For the most part, nearly every boy improved his 5K time,” Bradley said. “I was hoping to make some progress against some of our conference opponents but it looks like we probably lost a little ground instead.”
Junior Brock Schrage again led Highland to the finish, coming in 80th place out of 214 overall competitors with a time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds.
“Brock Schrage has had two meets in a row in which he’s been able to keep his form from falling apart and keep his last mile competitive,” Bradley said. “That’s big progress for him and the team. He’s been our hardest worker over the last few weeks of practice and it’s good to see him get some benefit from that work.”
Sophomore Caleb Machuca ran well in the freshman/sophomore race, collecting the only medal for the boys after crossing the finish line in 16th place out of 135 total harriers.
“He’s been battling some lingering injuries and the rest seemed to pay off for him on Saturday,” Bradley said.
Bradley said freshman Isaac Jones had his best race of the season after placing 37th in the freshman/sopohomore race.
“I had no idea that he would handle the hills and extra distance this well,” Bradley said.