The Hillsboro varsity boys track & field program will send three individuals to this weekend’s state competition in Jefferson City. Isaac Readnour, Zach McNees, and Sam Wright will compete one last time this year…Readnour in two different events.
Readnour, the lone senior of the three, will compete one last time as a Hawk in two events. He placed fourth in the 110 meter hurdles at Saturday’s sectional at HHS. His time of 15.25 was a season best. “The race felt good for the most part,” Readnour commented. “I stiff-legged the first hurdle. The rest was good, and it was a real close finish. I had to lean so hard that I almost fell over once we finished.” Only three tenths of a second separated third through fifth place finishers.
The senior also qualified in the long jump. His leap of 20 feet, 9.75 inches was second only to the winning jump by a Parkway Central senior. “I’m super excited I get to go to state,” he added. “It’s always a fun time. Long jump was a bit rough, just because of the head wind. But I waited until it settled and jumped my best.”
Readnour almost qualified in two other events. He ran a season best 41.10 in the 300 meter hurdles, but fell just short of the fourth place finisher from Union by 0.13 seconds. Then his triple jump of 44 feet, 7.5 inches was six inches shy of the fourth place finisher from Rockwood Summit.
The one sectional champ for the Hawks was Zach McNees. His discus throw of 141 feet, nine inches was not only a season best, but also won the event by six inches over an athlete from Rolla. The sophomore was very happy with the win. “It was awesome to perform at my best at sectionals,” he stated. “I’m very excited to see the best competition in the state. I’d like to thank my coaches too. I would not get anywhere close to my goals without them and their support.”
Finally, Sam Wright, a sophomore, punched his ticket to state with a 50.57 season best effort in the 400 meter dash. He placed fourth by a full second over the fifth place finisher from Rolla, and just three one hundredths of a second slower than the third place finisher from Washington. “I am so excited,” Wright admitted. “I have been preparing every day, whether it’s physically or mentally. It was super tough competition, but super fun overall. State should be an amazing experience.”
Congratulations to these three Hillsboro athletes, and good luck this weekend. And a thank you to all Hawks for an exciting season.