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Highland Middle School Competes in Track Meet

Meet was held May 5 at Lakes High School.

track and field teams did well when they competed May 5 in the Lakeside Conference Track meet held at Lakes High School.

The meet began with team Captain Lily Moore taking first place in the eighth grade girls’ hurdles division. Lily later cruised to first place in the 400 run and landed a second place finish in the long jump. She also helped the 4X400 relay team as it placed third.

"Lily did a solid job all season and for her to be conference champ in two events and runner-up in another, says a lot about her ability,” said head track coach Gerry Carollo, a physical education teacher at Adler Park School. “She’s also first class when it comes to character, just a pleasure to be around.”

Another solid set of efforts were made by sixth-graders Melissa Manetsch and Avril Johnson. Both students competed on the seventh grade level. Melissa won the girls’ mile seventh grade division run with Avril right behind her in second place. Avril also ran to a second place finish in the 400 run.  

Coming in to a first place finish in the 400 run for seventh grade girls was Olivia Rush, who also tied for first place in the high jump in her grade level.

"Olivia was really pumped up after winning the 400 and that carried over to her big win in the high jump," said Carollo.

Another notable effort was made by seventh-grader Melissa Robbins, who threw the discus 55-feet-9-inches to take second place.

Meanwhile seventh-grader Ian Down took first place in the long jump for the boys.

"Ian has been bothered by a knee injury, but that didn't stop him today,” Carollo said. “We were glad to see him compete in this event and in high jump where he placed third.”

Seventh-grader Derek Nedland finished in third place in the 400 run in the eighth-grade division.

- Robin Smith Kollman is the public relations facilitator for Libertyville School District 70.

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