|Highlands Girls Finish Fourth in 2A State Meet|
|Instagram Photo. The Highlands girls track and field team placed fourth in the Class 2A state meet over the weekend at the University of Kentucky.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls placed fourth with 53 points and the Highlands boys finished 12th with 18 points. Boyle County won both the boys and girls titles with 110 and 84 points respectively.
"These girls were motivated more and more as we headed into the stat meet," said Brian Alessandro, Highlands Girls Head Coach. "They knew we had a shot at a state title. We performed as well as we possibly could. I'm very proud of the team."
The Highlands girls saw several second-place finishes. The two-mile relay team of seniors Karsen Hunter, Savannah Brady, sophomore Maria Broering and freshman Maggie Schroeder broke the state record by two seconds placing second in nine minutes, 37.5 seconds. Broering finished second in the mile run in 5:14.43 to set a new school record and Brady finished second in the 800 in a school record 2:18.11. Schroeder finished third in the two-mile run in 11:42.59.
Sophomore Adriana Muntaner placed in both hurdles. She finished third in the 100 hurdles in 15.99 seconds and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 47.04 seconds.
Senior Mary Claire Redden gave Highlands six points with a third-place finish in the discus throw. Her best throw was 109 feet, 9 inches.
Senior Sophie Steppe finished fifth in the 400 dash in one minute, .09 seconds.
Senior Nick Veneman had a nice day for the Bluebirds. He placed third in the 100 dash in 10.93 seconds and sixth in the 200 in 22.08 seconds. Veneman also helped the 800 meter relay team place fourth in one minutes, 32.45 seconds. The other three runners were senior Cole Kendall, junior Liam Ehrman and sophomore Sawyer Depp.
Senior Michael Dunn gave Highlands four points in the shot put with a fifth-place throw of 46 feet, 7.25 inches.
Louisville St. Xavier 4, Highlands 3:
The Bluebirds (21-13 overall) had a chance to take down the Tigers (30-1). The Bluebirds led 2-1 entering the seventh inning, but the Tigers scored three times to leave Fort Thomas with the win.
Highlands plays in the district tournament Wednesday against either Dayton or Newport. Game time is 5 p.m. at Morscher Field in Silver Grove.