ELROY — Weather has certainly been a challenge early this season for first-year Hillsboro track and field coach Heath Revels and his team.
But Revels’ Tigers finally kicked off the season at last Thursday’s Royall Early Bird Invitational.
The Hillsboro girls scored 108 points and finished second behind Brookwood (186) at the five-team event. Meanwhile, the Hillsboro boys placed foufth with 72 points, behind host Royall (202), runner-up Brookwood (146) and third-place Wonewoc–Center (83).
“We’ve got some work to do, but it went well overall for the first meet,” said Revels, a 2006 Hillsboro graduate who competed in track and field for the Tigers all four years. “We had some good leadership and performances from our older athletes and some promising performances from our younger athletes.”
Freshman Jaline Attignol won the girls 400 with a time of 1:12.37 in her first varsity track meet.
Attignol also teamed with fellow freshman Paige Stull, senior Amy Salisbury and sophomore Lydia Benish to finish second in the 4x800 relay (12:22.03).
Sophomores Courtney Fanta and Carly Krajco, freshman Mackenzie Morris and senior April Thornsen placed second in the 4x200 relay at 2:13.16.
Senior Zea Woods (20.0 seconds) and junior Kailey Preuss (20.31) finished first and second in the 100-meter hurdles. Woods also place second in the triple jump (29’2½”).
In the boys’ competition, junior Zach O’Hair won the 3,200 in a time of 12:04.66, while sophomore Dakota Wells finished second 12:06.0.
Senior Skyler Fisher place second in the 800 at 2:21.91 and fourth in the triple jump (34’5”).
The Tigers’ 4x800 relay team of Fisher, Wells, O’Hair and sophomore Paul-Andrew Griffin finished second (9:54.63).
Junior thrower Ean Levy finished third in the discus (107’5”) and fourth in the shot put (38’0”).
The Tigers will return to action Monday at the Kickapoo Lee Griffin Invitational.
This Tuesday Hillsboro competed at the North Crawford Invitational. Results were not available at press time.