LANSING | T.F. South's Jackson Campbell doesn't like jumping in the cold. That didn't stop him from capturing first with a 19 foot, 4-inch leap in the long jump at Saturday's T.F. South Invitational.
"Last time I jumped a twenty-one one and today I jumped a nineteen four," Campbell said. "It was kind of cold. I don't like jumping when it's cold. It's a home meet, so it made me feel good taking that first at my own school."
Campbell also helped the Rebels to a first-place finish in the 800-meter relay. Both T.F. South and Illiana Christian held their school proms on Friday night, so each team was a little tired coming into Saturday's meet.
"It's hard," Campbell laughed about getting up for Saturday's meet. "I almost didn't get up with my alarm. I'm proud of our relay team. Our times are getting better, and we did good."
T.F. South's Jordan Beemon was a part of the Rebel's 800 relay team, and he ended his prom early to be ready for the meet.
"Actually I had to cut my prom short so I could come out here and compete with my team," Beemon said. "We did pretty good (Saturday), but there's always room for improvement. Everyone has some little injuries still, but once we get fully healthy, you guys will see us at our best."
Lowell (94) finished first overall, while the host Rebels (32) finished sixth. Illiana Christian (58) finished in third and Highland (49) placed fourth. Illiana Christian sophomore Bryan Perschbacher took first place in the high jump with a 5-10 jump. Perschbacher also placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 35-0.
"I feel like I could improve on certain things, but I feel pretty strong," Perschbacher said. "I did pretty good today, but I feel like certain things could have been better."
Lowell's Kyle Eller finished first in both the 800 and 1,600 runs with times of 2:01 and 4:35, respectively.
"I was a little tired, but once you're in the race mood, you're ready to race," he said. "I was really looking forward to racing with the Illiana Christian people. I know they do well at cross country and last year at this meet, they were pretty good."
Lowell's Josh Bostamante took first in the discus throw with a toss of 129-0. Highland's Trevor O'Donnell place first in the shot put with a throw of 47-11.
"I didn't feel very good," Bostamante said. "It's less than I usually throw. I'm usually in the one fifties or so. I was a little nervous. I'm pretty happy with how I'm throwing this year, but I expect to be a lot better."