Led by Dan Schiller's state best and school record effort of 6-10 in the high jump, the Homestead boys track team continued its strong start by narrowly missing out on winning the 32-team Lake Michigan Invitational on Saturday.
The two-time state placewinner Schiller's victory, which was aided by teammate Brad Pelisek's second place effort of 6-7, was one of four firsts for the Highlanders, as Justin Barber won his second straight major meet shot put title, and the Homestead 1,600 and 3,200-meter relay teams put down some scorching early season times.
Homestead scored 83.3 points as Evanston (Ill.) had 83.5 for the victory. Schaumberg (Ill.) was a distant third with 52.
Barber won the shot put by more than three feet with an effort of 56-9, while the 1,600 relay edged an Evanston team by just .18 in turning in a school indoor mark of 3:27.94. The 3,200 crew beat a Port Washington unit by more than a second in 8:26.97.
The 400, the long jump, and the 800 were other strong events for the Highlanders, as Gabe Genovesi was second in the 400 by just .08 of a second in 50.68, while teammate Mike Collins was fifth in 52.31. In the 800, Doug Mueller was second in 2;00.2 while Nate Routhier was eighth in 2:02.7.
Homestead had three long jumpers go over 20 feet as Brad Pelisek was third (22-0) while younger brother Riley was fourth with a 21-1 effort and Zach Enea tied for eighth (20-6 1/2).
Other places included eighths by Jake Ziebert in the pole vault (12-6) and the 800 relay (1:37.79) and a seventh by Tory Ruffin in the 55 hurdles (8.17).
The Highlander girls were fourth of 25 in the Lake Michigan event with 46 as Lake Central (Ill.) dominated with 112.
Defending state 100 high hurdle champ Marissa Savitch remained consistent with another red-hot winning time in the 55 hurdles (8.41), while the Highlander distance crew showed its ready to do some major dange this spring, as the 3,200 relay team dominated its race by 17 seconds with a blazing indoor time of 9:41.06.
Other distance efforts included a fifth by Kelsey Boyle (5:29.13) and a sixth by Dana Griepentrog (5:29.78) in the 1,600 and a second by Caity Bobber in the 3,200 (11:30.48).
Also placing for the Highlanders were Keali Bjork in the 400 (sixth, 1:02.67); Ashley Heding in the triple jump (fourth, 32-9); and the 800 relay (sixth, 1:53.5).
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