The Hillsboro Hawks Boys Track and Field squad had their work cut out for them on Saturday May 22nd, as they faced a host of different schools and battled the heat that comes with the beginning of a Missouri summer. When the dust settled, Hillsboro found themselves tied for first place with rival Festus at 123 points on the day.
Head Coach Todd Medley commented on what it took for so many individuals on his team to qualify for State. “It was a really great day, albeit, extremely hot but everyone battled and took care of themselves really well. We were adamant about trying to stay in shade and always drinking water,” said Medley. “We had some really good performances as well. Sam Wright won both his Hurdle races again, and the 200 and took second in the 100.”
Wright once again had an elite performance, finishing the 110 Meter Hurdles in 14.95 seconds, the 300 Meter Hurdles in 38.56 seconds and the 200 Meter Dash in 22.45 seconds. His second place finish in the 100 Meter Dash was only .04 seconds off the first place finisher.
“The meet went pretty great!” said Wright “Three PRs. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Preparing mentally for State will be the biggest thing. We have already put in the work for State, it’s just time to show up and do our best.”
Wright was not the only sprinter to qualify for State for Hillsboro. Cruz Valencia finished right behind Wright in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 11.20 seconds, the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 22.88 seconds and took third place in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 51.20 seconds. Valencia spoke on looking forward to the State meet this weekend, saying, “I’m crazy excited for this weekend, this is where all the hard work pays off. There’s going to be a lot of competition and I’m ready.”
Medley also recognized his relay team’s performance of the day. “‘The 4 Js’ as I call them, the 4×8 team of Jonah [Allison], Jesse [Gore], Josh [Allison] and Jimmy [Mann] had a season PR to qualify [for State],” said Medley. “The 4 Js” set a time of 18:17.30, just .59 behind second place.”
Cody Bishop cleared 3.66 meters in the Pole Vault, which earned him a second place finish and a ticket to State. Tristan Jones took third in the Triple Jump with a distance of 13.04 meters. Zach McNees took second in the Discus, with a 38.99 meter throw, and Patrick Lee qualified for State in the High Jump, clearing 1.75 meters.
McNees relayed his excitement for the upcoming competition. “I’m glad to compete at State and finish up my high school athletic career. I’m hoping for a State medal as well.”
The Hawks will head to Jefferson City this Friday, May 28th, for the State Championship. This is the big finale.