ELROY — Expecting to compete for the boys’ team championship, Hillsboro couldn’t overcome a slow start at last Tuesday’s Scenic Bluffs Conference Meet at Royall High School.
“I knew it would be close between us, Bangor, and Necedah,” said Hillsboro head coach Chad Schmidt. “Some things didn’t go right for us in the beginning, such as the place finishes in the 100-meter dash and us failing to have a finalist in the discus. Bangor kept edging some of our place finishes in several events, and that’s all it took. The boys still performed well, Bangor just had a better team.”
Bangor scored 173 points to win the boys’ title, while Hillsboro scored 147 to finish second.
Junior Matt Bartels was Hillsboro’s standout performer at the conference meet, winning the 200 (23.22), while finishing second in the 100 (11.54), long jump (20–2.75) and the triple jump (38–8.75).
Bartels also broke a 30-year-old school record in the long jump, eclipsing the previous mark of 20–1.
Fellow junior Max Sebranek ran well in the 110 and 300 hurdles, winning both events. He also finished fifth in the 100 (11.84).
Senior Alex Shaker finished second in the 800 (2:12.38) and fourth in the 1,600 (5.09.96).
Junior Logan Rohn placed second in the 1,600 (4:52.28), and senior Spencer Treu also threw well in the shot put, finishing third (41–3).
The Hillsboro girls scored 124 points to finish third, just a single point out of second behind Cashton (158) and Royall (125).
Senior Hilary Stanek placed second in the long jump (15–8) and third in the shot put (30–11.5). Stanek also place fourth in the 100 (14.01).
Freshman Breanna Beaver nearly won the 800, finishing second with a season-best time of 2:37.81. Beaver also placed fourth in the 400 (1:08.89).
Sophomore Michaela Bach finished second in the 3,200 (14:22.78).
Senior Savannah Noth placed third in the 300 hurdles (53.56) running the event in competition for the very first time.