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Track team rounding into shape
Tigers look good as conference meet approaches
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The Hillsboro track team turned in several season-best times at last Tuesday’s very competitive 16-team Bangor Invitational.

The boys’ 4x800 relay team of Noah Mayberry, Nick Skala, Logan Rohn and Alex Shaker established a new season-best with a winning time of 8:46.62.

Junior Matt Bartels won the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 11.25 seconds. Bartels also finished second in both the long jump (20–0) and triple jump (39–10).

Fellow junior Max Sebranek also turned in a personal-best, winning the 110 hurdles in 15.18 seconds. He also placed second in the 300 hurdles (41.27).

The Hillsboro boys scored 64 points and finished fourth in the team standings.

Mauston won the boys’ title with 82.5 points.

On the girls’ side, senior Hilary Stanek turned in a season-best performance of 15 feet, 5.5 inches to place second in the long jump.

Kelsey Taylor finished seventh in the 1,600 in 6:11.23.

The girls’ 4x800 relay was the only other Hillsboro entry to score. The quartet of April Thornsen, Michaela Bach, Kelsey Thorell and Heather Fronk placed seventh with a time of12:13.64.

The Lady Tigers scored 12 points and placed 12th as a team.

Mauston also won the girls’ title with 110 points.

Hillsboro’s only home meet of the season, the Tiger Classic, was rained out last Thursday and will not be made up.

The shorthanded Tigers traveled to Muscoda Saturday for the Riverdale Ginger Morrey Invitational.

Half of the Hillsboro girls’ team, and a handful of the boys, missed Saturday’s meet to attend the State Solo and Ensemble competition.

Despite the missing teammates, both teams managed to finish second behind the host Chieftains.

The Hillsboro boys scored 125 points, just 9.5 behind Riverdale (134.5), while the Lady Tigers scored an even 100, well back of Riverdale’s girls (161).

The Tigers will close out the regular season Friday at the Boscobel Sparky Reynolds Invitational.

Hillsboro will then prepare for the Scenic Bluffs Conference meet that will be held Tuesday at Royall.

“We have less than a week until the conference meet, and we are still trying to decide a few things, but we will find out how things transpire in the next couple weeks,” said Hillsboro head coach Chad Schmidt.