The Hillsboro varsity boys track & field team continued its strong performance this spring with a second place finish at Tuesday’s Tiger Town Invitational at Festus High School. The Hawks compiled 84 points, trailing just the host Tigers who earned 112.5 points.
Head coach Todd Medley, while happy, still knows the best is yet to come for his team. “Festus is loaded, so to come close to them and still not have some of our best efforts is a plus,” he said. “We are still looking at different relay combos that give us the best chance to compete. Sam Wright continues to improve his times, Isaac Readnour continues to stay consistent, and Zach McNees is starting to come around in his throws. We can’t forget that Dan McCallister finally broke through his PR in the javelin.”
Here are some of the top performances from Tuesday’s meet.
Sam Wright, 300 meter hurdles–41.84. “I think the 300 hurdles is a good fit for me,” Wright pointed out. “It was a very exiting race running against my teammates.”
Isaac Readnour, long jump–21-2.5. “I enjoy every event,” Readnour said. “I just knew that once I got finished with my jumps, I would have a long break until my next event. So that made me run a little faster, and then I just had some good landings in the pit today.”
Isaac Readnour, 110 meter hurdles–15.33. “I love racing Pauly (event champ Jacob Pauly from Festus who won by .02 of a second),” Readnour confessed. “We are good friends and are on the Jets summer track team together. On top of that, we are going to run track at Maryville together next year, so it’s always fun to race him. We like to push each other, and we always run faster when we race.”
Isaac Readnour, 300 meter hurdles–42.01. “It was awesome that Sam PR’d today,” said Readnour, referring to teammate Sam Wright who won the race. “I’m really happy that he was able to get such a good time, and it pushed me to do even better. He’s a phenomenal athlete and works really hard in practice. It doesn’t surprise me that he did so good today.”
Isaac Readnour, triple jump–42-5.5. “I knew he (winning jumper Evan Bruenderman from Cape Notre Dame) was going to be good, and that it would be a good challenge for me,” said Readnour. Bruenderman won by almost a foot. “I faced him last year in districts, sectionals, and state. This is just getting me ready for districts. I love having competition in every event…it pushes me to be the best I can.”
Sam Wright, 200 meter dash–23.69. “It was a very tough race with good competition,” Wright said. “I am just exited that I PR’d.”
Tristan Jones, long jump–40.10. Jones finished behind Readnour in the event.
The Hawks return to action Friday at the DeSoto Invitational. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.