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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Boys, Girls Highlands Track and Field Win Region Crowns

Both Win Region Championships in Same Season for First Time Since 2016

PHOTO: Rob Pinkston. The Highlands Track and Field teams won Class 2A, Region 4 championships at Harrison County on Saturday.
The Highlands Boys and Girls Track and Field teams came away from Cynthiana on Saturday with Class 2A, Region 4 crowns.

This marked the first time since 2016 both teams won the region. The Highlands girls have won region six consecutive years. They have won it every year since 2009 except the 2013 season. The Highlands girls won the region with 128 points outdistancing runner-up Bourbon County with 119.

"This season has been a challenge," said Brian Alessandro, Highlands Girls Head Coach. "The weather made it very difficult throughout the season to compete and train well at practice. I have to commend the hard work of our athletes and coaches over the last month to really work hard so we could defend another regional title."

The Highlands boys scored 118.5 points in the region championship at Harrison County. Runner-up Lexington Catholic scored 94.

Sophomore Maggie Schroeder scored 28 points for the Highlands girls in the distance events. Schroeder won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 24.61 seconds and the two-mile run in 11:52.23. Schroeder also finished second in the one-mile in 5:27.32.

Junior Adriana Muntaner scored a couple wins as well. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.68 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 48.07. Senior Karli Baioni finished third in the 100 hurdles in 17.64.

"We've all been super, super close with each other as opposed to other years," Baioni said. "There's been kind of a rift between the upper and lower classmen. But this year, we've all just come together as more of a team. Instead of focusing on grades, talent is 100 percent what matters. If you're good, you're going to run because it benefits the team."

Muntaner also helped the 800 relay team to a second-place finish in 1:50.3 with senior Hannah Hartman and freshmen Faith Broering and Emmie Brewer. Hartman won the triple jump in 33 feet, 11.5 inches and finished runner-up in the long jump in 16-4.5.

The Highlands girls two-mile relay team finished second in 10:09.28. Members were junior Maria 
Broering, senior Lindsey Meyer, freshman Alyssa Harris and freshman Chloe Bramble.

Junior Lara Fecher also scored eight points in the pole vault. She reached 9-6.

The Highlands boys had a number of high finishes in the field events. Junior Connor Rust won the long jump in 19-5.75. Junior Jack Delagrange finished second in the high jump in 5-6 and third in the shot put in 43-9. Senior Dylan Evins finished second in the discus in 124-8.

The Highlands two-mile relay team won in 8:42. Team members are senior Donovan Staab, junior Grant Uhlenbrock, sophomore Will Griffith and freshman Thomas Gray-Torsell.

Griffith placed high in some distance runs. He took second in the one-mile in 4:52.92. Griffith took second in the 800 run in 2:06.96 and Gray-Torsell took third in 2:07.52.

Freshman Jake Welch made a splash at the region tournament in the 400 dash. He took second in 52.51 seconds.

Way to GO Highlands Track! From Orangetheory Fitness, Newport Pavilion. 
The Class 2A state track and field meet takes place at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Complex on May 31. The event starts at 10 a.m.

The Highlands girls own four state championships in school history. They won four straight 2A titles between 2008 and 2011.

"Every season, our goal is to win a state title. In my opinion, we are a few years and a few missing pieces away from achieving a state title," Alessandro said. "The track programs in class AA boast a tremendous amount of talent, and realistically we have our eyes set at finishing in the top 4. I am very proud of our girls, and thank them for a great season."

The Highlands boys own three state championships in school history. Their last state championship came in 2014 in Class 2A.

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