After celebrating Senior Night Thursday, May 4 at Hiland High School, the Hiland Hawks and Lady Hawks went out and celebrated again, rejoicing in a quad-meet victory over Dalton, Claymont and Strasburg.
Hiland’s boys gobbled up 123 points to win the met, with Dalton taking second with 95, Claymont grabbing third with 74 and Strasburg fourth at 24.
Dalton’s Nathan Basinger dominated the throwing events for the boys, winning the shot with a heave of 43-11.5, then doubling up his victories by taking the discus with a toss of 149-4.25.
In the long jump, Declan Howell leaped to a win with an effort of 17-11.75, this after fouling in his first three attempts. Howell also took the top spot in the high jump, where competition was slim and he won at a sub-par 5-06.
In the pole vault, Dalton took a sweep of the top two spots, with Adrian Dixon going 10-06 and teammate Garrett Gwin clearing 10-00. Hiland brothers Aaron Chupp and Alijah Chupp took third and fourth in the pole vault for the Hawks, clearing 9-06 and 9-00, respectively.
In the relays, Hiland took home victories in both the 4×800 and the 4×200.
Perhaps one of the most entertaining showdowns of the evening came in the boys’ 1600, where Hiland’s top runner Hunter Yoder and Strasburg’s Mason Metz went at it in a stunning performance. Yoder led the whole race, tried to build a lead over the final 300 meters, but then tried valiantly to hang on while Metz made his move late. Down the homestretch, Metz pulled to within a step, then forced his way by Yoder in the final few strides, winning in a photo finish time of 5:06.81 to Yoder’s 5:06.88. Metz went on to capture third in the 800, where he trailed champion Derek Ramsier of Dalton and Hiland Nathaniel Yoder.
Hiland’s Isaiah Yoder dominated the speed races, churning out easy victories in both the 100 and 200, defeating Dalton’s Zach Connon in the 200. Hiland’s Aaron Chupp placed second in the 110-meter hurdles.
Claymont claimed the crown in the 4×100 relay, with Dalton placing second and Hiland third, while in the 400, Hiland senior Matt Troyer fended off Strasburg’s Pablo Araya, Troyer running a 56.02 to Araya’s 57.91.
Claymont’s Mason Arnold and Hiland’s Brayden Gray went toe-to-toe in the 300-meter hurdles, where Arnold pulled out a win in 44.68, edging out Gray’s effort of 45.82.
Hiland’s Alex Ventura won the 3200, while the Hawks laid claim to the final event of the evening, winning the 4×400 relay over Claymont.
Both Matt Troyer, Howell and Isaiah Yoder notched a total of 16 points apiece to lead the Hawks, while Basinger matched that total for Dalton. Ventura claimed 12 points for the Hawks.
Over on the girl’s side of the track, Hiland churned out 126 points to flow by Dalton’s runner-up score of 80. Claymont was third with 67 while Strasburg placed fourth at 32.
Dalton’s Gabby Cicconietti won the shot put with a throw of 26-2.25, while taking fifth in the discus. Hiland’s Melody Murtaugh soared to a win in the long jump with a leap of 13-07, while teammate Anne Straits took second in the high jump, clearing 4-02 and trailing only Dalton’s Hannah Farnsworth, who won with a jump of 4-04.
Bulldog Annette Forer won the pole vault, while Hiland’s Olivia Gingerich and Nikki Yoder took second and third in the 100-meter hurdles.
Hiland senior Melissa Hostetler won both the 300-meter hurdles and the 1600, while Dalton’s Cortney Crothers also took homer a couple of wins in both the 100 and 200, where she posted times of 13.34 and 27.11. Trailing her in the 200 in 30.71 was Hiland’s Hailey Miller, while Marissa Sommers took third for Hiland. Sommers and Murtaugh claimed second and third in the 100 for the Lady Hawks in 14.10 and 14.39, respectively.
In the relays, Dalton took first in the 4×800, followed by Hiland and Strasburg, while Claymont won the 4×200 followed by Dalton and Strasburg. Hiland won the 4×100 relay in 57.78, edging out Claymont’s 59.1.
In the 400, Hiland senior Isabelle Fowler won with a time of 1:08.8, ahead of teammate Brooke Miller’s effort of 1:09.18.
Hostetler accumulated 16 points for Hiland, as did Dalton’s Crothers.