The Highland High girls track and field team finished a strong third and the Lady Bulldogs missed second place by a single point Monday at the Roxana Relays.
Jerseyville was the champion of the girls division with a final point total of 100. Mascoutah finished second with 82 team points, which was only one better that Highland’s third-place total of 81.
Rounding out the relay meet way in the rearvie2 mirror of the three Mississippi Valley Conference combatants were Roxana (31), Civic Memorial (22) and East Alton-Wood River (15).
Highland earned first-place in three events.
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Senior Jayden Shelton proved to be the top endurance runner of the day as she edged out Civic Memorial’s Alex Singleton by less than a second to win the 3,200-meter run. Shelton posted a winning eight-lap time of 12:05.9, which was .6 of a second ahead of Singleton.
“Jayden has been incredibly strong this season and is having a great senior year,” said Highland coach Erin Cotto.
Shelton also helped the Lady Bulldogs’ distance medley relay (1,200, 400, 800, 1600) capture first place. Shelton ran the 1,600 anchor leg and joined forces with junior Allison Zobrist (1,200 lead leg), sophomore Sarah Beth Wiegman (400 second leg) and freshman Rece Portell (800 third leg) to post a victorious team time of 13:47.6, which was a full 26 seconds to the good of Mascoutah’s runner-up time of 14:13.6.
Highland senior Megan Hundsdorfer also was an event champion as she smoked the field to win the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.21 seconds, which was more than a second ahead of the second-place finisher.
“I was feeling really good that day and was really determined to beat my last time so I pushed myself as hard as I could go and hoped for the best,” Hundsdorfer said of her winning race.
Also for the Lady Bulldogs, senior Bailey Leitschuh and freshman Polly Czar doubled up on individual medals.
Leitschuh ranked second in the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 8.5 inches. She also crossed the finish line in third place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.69.
Coach Cotto said Czar continues to impress with the strides she is making in the throwing events. She finished second in the shot put with a heave of 29-9. Czar also placed third in the discus with a personal-record distance of 74-7.
Wiegman picked up a third-place medal in the 3,200 with a time of 12:33.6, as did Portell in the high jump after clearing the bar at 4-4.
Leitschuh also ran the anchor leg 4 x 100 team that came home second. She teamed up with Amy Sutterfield, Melanie Wick and Brenna Maas and they posted the runner-up time of 55.6.
Joining the 4 x 100 team in gaining a second-place medal was the 4 x 400 team of Alyssa Freimann, Emma Drysdale, Wiegman and Portell with a time of 4:34.6.
Highland also took third in both the 4 x 200 relay (1:59.3) and the hurdle shuttle relay ( 1:13.1).