Pats sweep Jeeps on track

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Heritage Hills junior Alex Schaeffer won the boys shot put on Monday with a distance of 42'8.5" in the dual against Northeast Dubois. The Patriot boys ran away with a 116-16 win. 


LINCOLN CITY - Heritage Hills started off strong, and kept on going from there.

The Patriots found themselves winning some early events in Monday's dual with Northeast Dubois - sweeping boys and girls 3200m relay races, and also the boys and girls hurdles, and it just carried on from there. The girls came away with a 90.5-41.5 win, while the boys claimed victory, 116-16.

Senior Dante Miller won the long jump for Northeast Dubois at a distance of 18'4.5", but the Patriot boys won every other event in the dual.

"We've been trying to get better every night, and we've made a few changes," Heritage Hills boys coach Pete Lashley said.

Lashley told the Herald of moving junior Kort Schaefer to the 400m dash, and he took second place in the event behind senior teammate Elliott Buechlein's time of 54.76. Meanwhile, they went to junior Ross Tempel to anchor the 4x100m relay, and he teamed with sophomore Shelden Smith, junior Ethan Hill and sophomore Chew to win Monday's event with a time of 46.39.

"The main thing for us is our distance guys - we've really hammered them hard, their legs are done and so, we're going to try to start giving them their legs back for the postseason here," Lashley said.

The girls built off of their success of the April 29 Southridge Girls Invitational when they took first place out of eight teams. Heritage Hills girls coach Josh Wilson let it be known that they feel good about where they are, but they're nowhere near finished. He said they're trying to maintain a level of enthusiasm and excitement without getting ahead of themselves.

"This was where we expected to be, and I just want the kids to remain humble and hungry," Wilson said.

Yet, Northeast Dubois won a handful of events on the girls side Monday evening. Senior Morgan Schepers took the pole vault with a distance of 8'0", while fellow senior Kari Ann Scherzinger also won a field event at 99'5.5" in the discus.

Northeast Dubois freshman Cheyenne Mroz competes in the 200m dash in Monday's dual at Heritage Hills, which she won with a time of 29.65. However, Northeast Dubois dropped a 90.5-41.5 loss. 

They also saw some wins from their underclassmen. Sophomore Paige Wildman won the 400m dash with a time of 1:07.06, and fellow sophomore Sara Livingston took the 3200m run with a time of 13:20.95. Freshman Cheyenne Mroz got in the win column with a time of 29.65 in the 200m dash.

"We don't have a big girls team, but we have a solid girls team, and they work really hard for those individual events," Jeeps coach Leslie Denu said. "And so, I think that showed tonight with a small team like us getting some first place finishes."

The Jeeps ended the dual portion of their season Monday night, and now it's going down to the Blue Chip Conference and postseason meets for them. They'll be off for the remainder of the week as they look toward conference. Northeast Dubois is scheduled to be back at it May 10 at home for the conference field events, while the next day features the running events at North Knox.

"We're pretty excited to have it at our home track, where we're used to practicing and have our fans there cheering us on," Denu said about the May 10 field events meet.

Denu is hoping to see both sides work on things ahead of conference, such as their field events and perfecting their handoffs in the relays. She's hoping they'll work hard these next four days of practice, and that they'll have the hunger and drive once it's time for the Blue Chip Conference festivities.

Heritage Hills, meanwhile, will get one final dual in Thursday at Southridge before the Pocket Athletic Conference meets. The girls meet is scheduled for May 11 at Princeton, while the boys are set for May 13 at Tell City.

"I want us to be focused, ready, use them as a competitor to push us, get the best out of us and prepare us before we go to the conference meet," Wilson said.

"I think every bit of five or six teams can go in there and say that if they do well next Thursday night at Tell City, they got a chance to win the conference," Lashley said. "Southridge, Forest Park, Gibson Southern, Boonville, Tell City and us - I think all of those schools, you could see them within 10 points of each other by the end of the night. So, performance is going to have to step up, going to have to be big."

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