The Highland track and field Lady Bulldogs nipped Mater Dei and Waterloo to win a tightly contested triangular meet at HHS on Wednesday of last week.
In a meet where a blanket could have been thrown over the three combatants because the scores were so close, Highland rung up 61 total team points to edge Mater Dei (52) and Waterloo (50) for the team title.
Although Freeburg brought a boys team to make the boys meet at HHS a quadrangle, the Midgets did not field a girls team at Highland.
HHS’ freshmen and sophomores compete at the Breese Central Frosh/Soph Invitational on Saturday.
Highland’s varsity squad travels to the Roxana Relays on Monday.
The HHS stars shining the brightest in the meet were seniors Jayden Shelton, Bailey Leitschuh and Megan Hundsdorfer, as well as freshman Rece Portell.
Shelton, a McKendree University running recruit, was the endurance champion after winning the sport’s two longest races, the 3,200 and 1,600. In the 3,200, she trekked the eight laps in 12 minutes, 12 seconds to win by nearly half of a lap. Shelton returned to the track later in the meet to breeze to the title in the 1,600 by 17 seconds with a time of 5:43.
Leitschuh and Hundsdorfer each won one event and finished second in another.
Leitschuh was crowned the champion in the triple jump with a winning mark of 32 feet, 11.5 inches. Later in the meet, she bolted to the finish stripe second in the 200-meter dash with a season personal-best time of 28.8 seconds.
Highland freshman Rece Portell captured first place in the 400 after sprinting the one lap in 63.0. She also took second in the high jump (4-0) and third in the 100 at 13.28.
Hundsdorfer was the fastest in the 300 low hurdles with a time of 53.1. She also finished second in the 100 high hurdles after stopping the clock at 17.91.
Mater Dei junior Mackenzie Trost, a native of Highland, won the long jump (15-3) and finished second to Leitschuh in the triple jump (30-10).
Also placing individually for the Lady Bulldogs were: sophomore Sarah Beth Wiegman, second place in the 1,600 (6:00) and third place in the 3,200 (12:59); junior Brianna Becherer, third in the 400 (69.0); senior Mireille Beaubien, third in the 800 (2:44.72); Jessica Andrews, fourth in the long jump (12-8); and freshman Polly Czar, fourth in the shot put (26-4.7).
Highland had its four relays finish as follows: the 4 x 800 team of Beaubien (2:44), Lyndi Stone (3:11), Sydney Nyquist (3:24) and Sara Jansen (2:59), first place (12:22); the 4 x 200 relay team of Wick (29.38), Jessica Andrews (29.89), Smock (29.86) and Leitschuh (28.29), the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Leitschuh (13.08) collaborated with (in the order they ran) Melanie Wick (13.81), Brianna Becherer (14.68) and Ariel Smock (13.88), second place (55.45), second place (1:57.42); and the 4 x 400 relay team of Beaubien (1:10.64), Stone (1:14.42), Wiegman (1:08.65) and Portell (1:03.65), second place (4:37.36).
The Lady Bulldogs finished in sixth place out of 10 teams.
Naperville Central handily won the team title for the second straight season after racking up a victorious point total of 178.50, which was 42.50 to the good of host Triad’s 136.
Mahomet-Seymour finished just four points behind Triad at 132, and Belleville West rounded out the top-four teams, all whom topped 100 team points, at 109.
Filling out the rest of the meet’s field were: Freeburg (91), Highland (49), Collinsiville (44), Waterloo (43), Effingham (34) and Mater Dei (23.50).
Highland seniors Shelton, Leitschuh and Hundsdorfer all garnered medals in multiple events.
Shelton had the Lady Bulldogs’ overall best finish after obtaining a third-place medal in the 3,200-meter run. She was seeded fourth but finished one position better after passing Isabel Lopez of Naperville Central late and going on to post an impressive personal-record time of 11:59.79.
Later on in the day, Shelton came back and took fifth in the 1,600 with a quality four-lap time of 5:41.25.
Leitschuh bounded her way to fifth place in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 4 inches. Leitschuh also raced her way to fifth place in the 200 in 29.12, while she also came home eighth in the 100 in 13.74.
Hundsdorfer crossed the finish line in fifth in both the 100-meter high hurdles (17.84) and the 300-meter low hurdles (53.54).
Mater Dei’s Trost, a Highland native, finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 15-6.25.
Also placing in the top-eight positions in an event for Highland were: Portell, seventh place in the 800 (2:31.16); the 4 x 200 relay team of Amy Sutterfield, Becherer, Smock and Leitschuh, sixth place (2:02.48); the 4 x 400 relay team of Becherer, Sutterfield, Wiegman and Portell, sixth place (4:29.81); the 4 x 100 relay team of Wick, Becherer, Sutterfield and Smock, seventh place (56.70); and the 4 x 800 relay team of Beaubien. Sarah Jansen, Courtney Hengehold and Stone , seventh place (12:09.11).