HIGHLAND | It was after 10 p.m. on a school night and unseasonably cold, but Andrean's 1600 relay team mustered enough strength to win the final event of Wednesday's Highland invitational and grab a share of first place with East Chicago Central.
On the girls side, Bishop Noll cruised to a 33.5-point victory. The Warriors tallied 124.5 points to second-place Rensselaer Central's 91.
Freshman Jordan Lomellin notched a first for Noll in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.63, crossing the finish line with a big smile.
"I was (excited)," Lomellin said. "I just really wanted to beat my best time. It was really about winning."
Morton's Kendria Huff was racing for the first time since getting medication for asthma. She said she felt like a new runner as she paced the competition in the 300 hurdles.
"I really pushed my mom (to get the medication) this year because it always gets worse over time," Huff said. "I felt way stronger and I didn't feel as tired."
Dante Adams was also racing with new-found abilities. The Gavit sophomore injured his upper thigh last season and said he didn't have the burst he has now. It showed, as Adams turned it into another gear in the final 10 yards of his 100 dash win.
"Last year, I just couldn't come up like that," Adams said. "I feel so much better now."
Adams posted a time of 11.41.
Kevin Miller, a Calumet middle-distance runner, pushed past the competition on the back end of the 800 run. He said he saw the runners in front of him branch out in the final turn and took advantage.
"I was just hoping to hang on as long as I could and see what happened," Miller said. "(I saw the opening) and I just thought 'It's now or never.'"
Highland (85.5 points), E.C. Central (70) and Griffith (62) rounded out the top five for the girls. Highland (82), Bishop Noll (66) and Rensselaer (63) did so for the boys.