The Highland High School boys track and field team displayed its team depth en route to earning second-place honors in the Silver Division of the Mascoutah Military Classic Invitational on Friday at Mascoutah High School.
The Bulldogs racked up a final team score of 131.5 points, which was second only to the host Mascoutah Indians, who were the champions of the Silver Division with a final total of 156.5 points.
Rounding out the Silver Division field were: Mount Vernon (115), Alton (96.5), Granite City (90) and Belleville East (78.5).
“It was windy and cold so it was hard to improve on our previous times,” said Highland coach Bob Vance. “We showed good depth by scoring in every event and scoring twice in 11 of the 14 individual events (not including the four relays) I thought Mascoutah had a great night. They ran very well and deserved to win the title. They are going to be tough to beat in the conference meet.”
The Bulldogs won championships in three different events.
Highland senior Logan Geiger acquired the first-place medal in the long jump after bounding to a meet-best mark of 20 feet, 10.75 inches to shade Mount Vernon’s Jailon Rush (20-8) by 2.75 inches.
Sophomore Tyler Higgins also procured a first-place medal after besting the field to win the 400-meter dash in a winning time of 50.65 second. He beat Harrisburg’s Michael Victoria (51.46) to the finish stripe by .81 of a second.
The Bulldogs also were the champions in the 4 x 800-meter relay. The team of senior Trevor White (2:00.4), junior Hayden Smart (2:05.8), Ben Menke (2:08.2) and senior Grant Riggs (2:09.5) worked together to post a winning time of 8:23.88.
Higgins also finished second in both the 100-meter dash (11.72) and the 200-meter dash (23.39).
Also scoring points for Highland by placing in the top-eight positions in an individual event and in the top-six spots in a relay race were: Riggs, third place in the high jump (5-8) and fourth in the 400 (54.12); White, third place in the 1,600 (4:36.42); the 4 x 100 relay team of senior Brendan Sands (23.2), Logan Geiger (24.0), senior senior Gage Geiger (25.2) and junior Sam Teipe (24.0), third place (44.24); the 4 x 400 team of Smart (53.3), Riggs (52.5), White (51.4) and Menke (53.7), third place (3:30.95); Sands, fourth in the triple jump (39-6.25) and fourth in the 200 (23.66); Logan Geiger, fourth in the 100 (11.93); junior Brode Portell, fourth in the 800 (2:10.42); Teipe, fifth in the long jump (19-8.75); junior Austin Bush, fifth in the shot put (39-11.50); senior Zach Chapman, fifth in the discus (111-01) and eighth in the shot put (35-2.25); the 4 x 200 team of Sands, Logan Geiger, Gage Geiger and Teipe, fifth place (1:36.44); senior Nick Czar, sixth in the discus (109-03); sophomore Brendan Schrage, sixth in the 3,200 (11:32.74); Mason Geiger, sixth place in the pole vault (9-0); Smart, seventh in the 800 (2:15.23); Teipe, seventh in the triple jump (36-11.75; sophomore Shane Yetter, seventh in the 3,200 (11:36.46); junior Ziven Soyka, seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles (19.24); senior Trevor Langhauser, eighth in the 110 hurdles (19.52) and eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.64); and freshman Sebastian Wolf, eighth in the pole vault (8-0).