Hileman helps Jackson girls claim SEMO North crown

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Brian Rosener ~ Daily American Republic Adam Zweigart of Jackson edged Sikeston's Brandon Washington in the 100 meters Monday at the SEMO North conference track and field meet in Poplar Bluff.

POPLAR BLUFF — The Jackson girls 1,600-meter relay team wasn't able to run down Central in the final event of the day at the SEMO North Conference meet

But that would've been icing on the cake, as the Indians rolled to a second straight girls team championship Monday, scoring 98 points to runner-up Central's 79.

Jackson senior Heather Hileman, a two-event winner and the third leg on the relay, wanted that icing.

"Central is definitely our rival in the 4-by-4," Hileman said. "They've beaten us and we've beaten them, so that definitely drives us. We've been so close in so many meets that it often comes down to the 4-by-4."

Since losing the SEMO North meet to Central in Hileman's sophomore year, the Indians have had the better of it lately. And Monday's meet wasn't that close, as Jackson had first-place finishes in seven individual events by three girls with multiple wins — Hileman and sophomores Jill Rushin and Landon Wachter.

"Those three really had a good night, and we bank on those three," Jackson first-year head coach Steve Wachter said. "But we had some other girls who had great individual performances. It really was a team effort."

Jordan Whitener, for one, added a win in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet to give the Indians eight wins on the day.

Rushin threw well past her competition in the discus and shot put. She was the only thrower to break 100 feet in the discus, hitting 132 feet, 6 inches. And she posted a 41-5 in the shot put to win by more than 8 feet.

Wachter, the coach's daughter, had three event wins to lead all individuals at the meet. She captured the 400 meters in 57.81, holding off Central's Asia Thomas by less than a second. She won the 800 in 2:26.17, outdueling Central's Tiffany Mead by less than a second. Wachter and Hileman finished 1-2 in the 100 hurdles, leaving the rest of the field more than a second behind.

Wachter took the baton from Hileman in the final leg of the 1,600 relay and ran down Central's Mead, only to be held off down the stretch. Jackson finished 1.4 seconds behind Central, which won three relays.

Hileman added wins in the high jump, becoming the only one to clear 5-0, and the 300 hurdles, cruising to 50.35 and winning by more than 3 seconds.

"Going to the third hurdle, I kind of lost my steps and stopped," Hileman said. "In the 100, you can't do that or you're done. In the 300, you can pick up where you left off."

Hileman said she has enjoyed getting the push this year in the 100 hurdles from Wachter, who did not compete in hurdles last year due to an injury.

"Competition is a good thing for me," Hileman said. "It helps having someone pacing me or someone right beside me. More of what I've been focusing on is having three steps in between the hurdles. Having Landon push me as much as she does, I constantly try to focus on my steps because if I think about going faster, I lose my form."

Hileman has been by herself in the high jump in the area for the last couple of years. She was a state qualifier last year and cleared 5-4 at the start of this season.

"She's been a mainstay for us for a couple of years," Steve Wachter said.

"This year, I think, has been OK," Hileman said. "Personally, I think last year's season was a little better, but with the new coach, we're trying to peak toward state instead of in the middle, so hopefully that will make a difference."

The Indians will try to pull down the Class 4 District 1 title — they were second to Lindbergh by 3 1/4 points last year — on Saturday at Hillsboro.

"I have high hopes for Jill and Landon," Hileman said. "High jump, we'll just have to see how it goes."

Wachter likes where his team stands after Monday's meet.

"They've worked real hard this year and I'm glad it finished up that way for them," Wachter said. "Cape Central has an outstanding, balanced team."

And a 1,600 relay foursome to gun for.

Other winners

In addition to Central's relay wins in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, Brittany Moreland won the 1,600 by about 2 1/2 seconds over Poplar Bluff freshman Hanna Blalock. Blalock came back later in the meet to win the 3,200 after jostling for position with Central's Veronica Schabbing while both made their way around lapped traffic. Schabbing finished second and her sister, Victoria, was third.

Boys meet

Poplar Bluff won the boys competition, while Jackson tied Sikeston for second.

Jackson had the top sprinting foursome in the 400 relay and also picked up wins by Adam Zweigart in the 100 and 200. The Indians also won the 3,200 relay.

In addition, Jacob Bullinger broke the school's 27-year-old discus record with a throw of 167-8. The record was held by Jill's father, Richard Rushin.

Central's Chase Johnson, a state finalist in the 800 last year, won that event in 1:58.38 on Tuesday.


Team scores — 1, Poplar Bluff 89, 2 (tie), Jackson 69, Sikeston 69; 4, Central 44.

Individual results

3,200 relay — 1, Jackson (Josh Cook, Cody Green, Perry Hazelwood, Tyler Stoverink), 8:55.43; 2, Central, 8:56.33.

110 hurdles — 3, Schapler (J), 17.31.

100 — 1, Adam Zweigart (J) 11.1.

800 relay — 3, Jackson, 1:36.29; 4, Central, 1:36.73.

1,600 — 2, Cody Green (J), 4:47.61.

400 relay — 1, Jackson (Bennett Smith, Terry Amelunke, Ethan Ruch, Eli Gohn), 45.61; 3, Central, 46.60.

800 — 1, Chase Johnson (C), 1:58.38; 2, Tyson Stoverink (J), 2:03.67; 3. Greg Gibson (J), 2:04.44.

200 — 1, Zweigart (J), 22.51.

3,200 — 2, Leighton (C), 10:37.40; 3, Green (J), 10:43.47.

1,600 relay — 3, Jackson, 3:36.94; 4, Central, 3:59.85.

Pole vault — 2, Stone (J), 13-6; 3, Deisher (C), 13-6.

High jump — 3, Mitchell (C), 5-10.

Discus — 1, Jacob Bullinger (J), 167-8; 2, Jared Siemers (C), 141-10.

Shot put — 2, Andrew Lysell (J), 49-1; 2, Josh Egbuka (C), 42-3.


Team scores — 1, Jackson 98; 2, Central 79; 3, Sikeston 62 1/2; 4, Poplar Bluff 29.

Individual results

3,200 relay — 1, Central (Brittany Moreland, Tiffany Mead, Veronica Schabbing, Victoria Schabbing), 10:17.78; 2, Jackson, 11:48.70.

100 hurdles — 1, Landon Wachter (J), 16.04; 2, Heather Hileman (J), 16.95; 3, Johnson (C), 18.33.

100 — 3, Rachel Meyr (J), 13.35.

800 relay — 1, Central (Jessica Harris, Sadie Pittman, Rita Walter, Asia Thomas), 1:46.97; 3, Jackson, 1:59.25.

1,600 — 1, Moreland (C), 5:14.56; 3, Mary Dohogne (C), 5:31.22.

400 relay — 2, Jackson, 55.02.

400 — 1, Wachter (J), 57.81; 2, Thomas (C), 58.65; 3, Walter (C), 1:04.45.

300 hurdles — 1, Hileman (J), 50.34; 3, A. Richardet (J), 53.93.

800 — 1, Wachter (J), 2:26.17; 2, Tiffany Mead (C), 2:26.79; 3, Barton (J), 2:35.83.

200 — 3, Meyr (J), 27.81.

3,200 — 2, Veronica Schabbing (C), 11:41.94; 3, Victoria Schabbing (C), 12:07.69.

1,600 relay — 1, Central (Rachel Burchyett, Dohogne, Moreland, Mead), 4:10.21; 2, Jackson, 4:11.63.

Pole vault — 1, Whitener (J), 8-0; 2, Sexton (C), 7-6; 3, K. Richardet (J), 7-6.

High jump — 1, Hileman (J), 5-0; 3, Ivy (C), 4-10.

Long jump — 3, M. Bradshaw (J), 14-7.

Triple jump — 2, Pittman (C), 33-4.

Discus — 1, Jill Rushin (J), 132-6 1/2; 2, Anna Bailey (C), 93-5; 3, J, Aldridge (J), 91-9.

Shot put — 1, Rushin (J), 41-5 1/2; 2, L. Kinsey (C), 32-6; 3, Bailey (C), 30-4.

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