Everyone knows of the exploits of Isaiah Martin, the incredible athlete from Hillsboro High School who has moved on to Purdue University where he became an all-american as a freshman. He holds a lot of records at HHS. But there’s one he doesn’t hold any longer. Hawks’ senior Isaac Readnour set the school’s long jump record yesterday at the State Track Championships held at Washington High School. That performance was good for third place.
Readnour fouled on his first two attempts at the long jump, but his third attempt was 22 feet, 5.5 inches, which had him in second place briefly. Jumpers from Kirksville and Mexico would eventually surpass Readnour, but his best jump came on his fifth attempt. The Hillsboro senior had a leap that measured 22 feet, eight inches, which was a season best and school record. That firmly placed him in third place, outdistancing the fourth place competitor from Moberly by three inches.
Readnour also took ninth place in the 110 meter hurdles. He clocked in with a 15.40 in that race.
“I loved state!,” Readnour exclaimed. “It was amazing. I loved being able to race Jacob (Pauley from Festus) in my last 110 hurdles race, and that I was able to get the school record in long jump. I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way. I’m thankful for the help from my coaches, and the support of my friends and family which helped me get to this point. I’m going to miss this, but I’m not done yet. I can’t wait to start college track and get better and better everyday!”
The boys team finished 35th out of 56 teams. Two other Hawks got a taste of the state championships. Sam Wright finished 11th in the 400 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 51:31. The winning time that won the event was 48.08 by a senior from Summit. But it is noteworthy that Wright was one of three sophomores that made the finals, and his time was the fastest of the three.
“I had an amazing season making new friends and setting new PRs,” Wright said after the race. “Qualifying for state was an awesome experience. There was definitely some good competition out there. I have been to a few big meets like that, but not as important. The thought of it being the whole state of Missouri Class 4 is weird. I was pretty nervous right up until the race started. I didn’t run too bad. I was pretty pleased about how I did, and I am looking forward to the conditioning over the summer and the decathlons. Oh, plus my coaches are the best.”
Zach McNees, another sophomore, placed 16th in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, eight inches. His best throw came on his final one of the day. “The state experience was awesome,” McNees admitted. “I’m very glad I could make it there with all my teammates. It was very satisfying to complete my goal that I worked for all season. I’d like to thank all my coaches for everything, but especially my throwing coach, Coach Wattle, for believing in my ability when I didn’t.”
The Hawks had a fun season, and the future is bright for this program. Ameritime Sports is looking forward to bringing you more Hawks action next spring.
Photo courtesy of Coach Medley