|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Isaac Surrey approaches the bar in the high jump at the Class 2A State Track and Field meet at the University of Kentucky on Friday. Surrey scored in two events.|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Alyssa Harris gets in position before the start of the two-mile relay. Harris helped the Bluebirds to a state runner-up finish in that event.|
"Two years ago in the last time at the state track meet, we scored five points," said Ryan Leopold, Highlands Boys Track and Field Head Coach. "So to score 75 points and get second place is pretty amazing. I'm really happy with the guys and the way they fought. It wasn't (an) ideal (situation) -- super hot. They found a way to grind and keep competing throughout the day. They put us in this position. They're kind of upset we're not state champs, but I think second place is perfect for what we are."
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"I kind of thought we could get top 10 with a realistic goal of top six," Alessandro said. "We did what we needed to do. Going into that race, we could have gotten third place if we'd have won or gotten second place. But I'm proud of them. They competed well."
"It's just really important to try your best for your teammates and have fun with it," Adrienne Harris said. "You have to let it go and push your body to its very limit. It's nice to be able to run with (sister Alyssa), especially since she's an amazing runner. It's nice to have runners I can look up to a lot."