The Highland High School boys track and field team easily ran by Granite City and Madison to win a triangular meet the Bulldogs hosted to kick off the outdoor season last Thursday.
Highland won 12 of 17 events en route to racking up a final team score of 95 points, which was 30 better than runner-up Granite City (65) and 80 to the good of Madison (15).
Among their wins, the Bulldogs swept all four relay races, as well as four of the five field events, including all three jump competitions.
One of the big highlights of the early-season meet was Highland sophomore sprinter Tyler Higgins, who not only edged out Madison’s Andre McGill, one of the state’s top sprinters in Class 2A, to win the 100-meter dash, but Higgins also blazed to a time of 10.8 seconds to break his own school record he set last spring. McGill was clocked at 11.0.
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Higgins made it a sweep of the sport’s two fastest races outdoors after later crossing the finish line first in the 200-meter dash with a winning time of .22.2. McGill did not run the 200 last Thursday.
Also winning an individual event for Highland were senior Logan Geiger in the long jump (19 feet, 10 inches), senior Brendan Sands in the triple jump (39-1), sophomore Evan Capelle in the high jump (5-6), senior Ben Menke in the 400 (55.4), junior Austin Bush in the shot put (40-8) and senior Zach Chapman in the discus (106-11.5).
The four winning relays consisted of the following team members and times: the 4 x 100 quartet of Sands (11.6), Logan Geiger (10.3), senior Gage Geiger (11.0) and junior Sam Teipe (11.5) with a team time of 44.4; the 4 x 200 unit of Sands (23.5), Logan Geiger (23.0), Gage Geiger (25.0) and Teipe (23.3) with a combined time of 1:34.8; the 4 x 400 group of junior Hayden Smart (52.6), senior Grant Riggs (55.9), Gage Geiger (55.9) and senior Trevor White (53.6) with an overall time of 3:38.0; and the 4 x 800 foursome of Menke (2:10.5), Smart (2:05.8), Riggs (2:16.9) and White (2:10.0) with a team time of 8:43.2.
Also placing in the top four in at least one event were: Teipe, second in the long jump (18-1) and fourth in the triple jump (36-4); Chapman, second in the shot put (36-5.75); sophomore Bryce Sexton, second in the 800 (2:14.6); junior Ziven Soyka, second in the 110 high hurdles (19.5); senior Trevor Langhauswer, third in the 110 high hurdles (19.5) and third in the 300 intermediate hurdles (47.5); senior Matt Bartels, third in the 200 (24.8) and fourth in the 100 (12.1) sophomore Brendon Schrage, third in the 3,200 (11:21.7) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:27.4); Bush, third in the discus (93-0); sophomore Evan Capelle, third in the 800 (2:21.3); Brode Portell, third in the 800 (57.2); sophomore Brock Schrage, third in the 1,600 (5:23.2); freshman Sebastian Wolf, third in the pole vault (7-6); sophomore Jacob Plocher, fourth in the 3,200 (11:28.7); senior Logan Kharibian, fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (49.4); and freshman Mason Geiger, fourth in the pole vault (7-0).
Charleston indoor invite
The Bulldogs finished 13th out of 30 teams at Charleston Indoor Invitational on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. Only three 2A schools placed ahead of Highland in the final team standings and the rest were 3A.
Highland’s best finishes were a pair of third places and they came from Higgins in the 60 dash and the 4 x 800 relay team.
Higgins placed third in the 60 dash for 2A and 3A sprinters with a time of 7.14. McGill won the 60 for 1A competitors with a time of 7.03.
The Bulldogs took third in the 4 x 800 after running a team time of 8:22. Highland has now qualified all three indoor relay teams for the Illinois Top Times meet, which is considered the indoor state meet and will be held this Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
Also qualifying for the Illinois Top Times meet are Higgins in the 60-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, Logan Geiger in the 60 dash and the long jump, Riggs in the high jump and White in the 800.
Coach Bob Vance said White will be scratched in the 800 because there will not be enough rest time after he runs the 4 x 800 relay race along with teammates Riggs, Smart and Menke.