The Highland High School boys track and field team only finished fifth out of six teams, but the Bulldogs put up some good individual results at the Mississippi Valley Conference Championships that HHS hosted on Friday.
Mascoutah dominated the meet, winning with a team score of 210, which more than doubled the runner-up performance by Jerseyville (97). Triad (68) finished third, and rounding out the conference field were Waterloo (65), Highland (51) and Civic Memorial (32).
Freshman Austin Roach scored Highland’s lone victory as he won the junior varsity pole vault competition after clearing the bar at 10 feet, 1 inch. He did it in less attempts than freshman teammate Kain Thornton, who finished second at the same height.
Senior Jacob Plocher, sophomore Sam LaPorta and junior Sebastian Wolf all earned multiple quality finishes.
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Plocher garnered second place in the 3,200-meter run with an eight-lap time of 10:11.96. Plocher came back later to earn fourth place in the 1,600 with a four-lap time of 4:53.88.
LaPorta captured third place in both the shot put (42 feet, 9.75 inches) and discus (135 feet).
Wolf finished third in the varsity pole vault competition after clearing the bar at 11 feet, 7 inches, which matched his personal best. He also crossed the finish line in fourth place in the 100-meter dash at 11.91 seconds.
Also noteworthy for placing for the Bulldogs in their respective event were: the all-junior varsity 4 x 200 relay team of Geiger, Wolf, Ivan Orozco and Noah Schmitt, second place (1:33.05); freshman Austin Roach, second place in the JV 110 high hurdles (18.45); junior Seth Schwappach, second place in the JV 800 (2:23.12); freshman Brylee Portell, third place in the JV 3,200 (11:34.15); senior Shane Yetter, fourth place in the JV 3,200 (11:53.54); junior Gabe Sherrill, fourth place in the JV 1,600 (5:06.24); freshman Nick Hanratty, fifth place in the JV 1,600 (5:06.45); sophomore Reese May, fifth place in the JV 200 (25.88); and junior Mason Geiger, sixth place in the varsity 200 (24.34).