Kyra Huber, a Hillsboro graduate, raced down the track to victory.
And it only took the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore only 8.08 seconds to win the 60-meter dash in a dual meet between her chosen university and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
"The 60-meter is such a short race, the little things are very important," said Huber. "I felt pretty good this past weekend. I went through my usual routine of warming up and listening to music. The best part of the race for me is when I am in the blocks and getting into the set position. This is because that is the moment it goes from loud to completely silent. It puts me in the zone. I am ready to run and see what I can do."
She could have not won by much slimmer of a margin as the officials at the meet stretched out the automatic timing to 1/1000th of a second to determine a winner. Since the pair that dashed to the finish line were teammates, Huber and Mikayla Jackson, they shared first place honors in the event.
It was not the only event she was involved in. The former Hiltopper sprinter also ran the 200-meter dash, finishing fifth in :27.31. She was also a member of the UW-Oshkosh 1,600-meter relay, who took fourth in 4:29.92.
"My favorite event in college individually is the 100-meter dash, relay wise, I love the 1,600-meter relay," said Huber. "They are two completely opposite events for me, but the energy and the support you get from your teammates is crazy. In the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Finals last year, my teammates surrounded the last curve, yelled chants and cheered you on as you ran by. It gave me quite a bit of energy and made the event fun. It gave me the extra energy needed to push around that final curve. It is an unusual 1,600-meter relay thing. It is always exciting after a long day to go out with a bang."
Huber wants to return to the better times that she ran during her freshman year.
"I think when we get some fans at the meets, it will make a big difference," said Huber. "Those cheers and noise really get my adrenaline pumping and helps me run faster. Right now, we can only compete with one team at a time. I need to get back into the groove of the things. I think that is not just me, it is many athletes."
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) played in Hannibal-LaGrange University's games against Lyon College, Williams Baptist College and Columbia College. Unfortunately, HLG did not win any of the three contests. In the 68-62 loss to Columbia, she finished with three points in 12 minutes of play. She had two points and three rebounds in the 84-76 loss to Williams Baptist and two points in the 74-29 loss to Lyon. She played 14 minutes in both of those games. Hannibal-LaGrange is 1-16 overall and 0-11 in the American Midwest Conference.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished 10th in the third section of the 5,000-meter run at the Grand Valley State University-hosted Big Meet in Allendale, MI. The University of Illinois-Springfield runner finished the race in 19:12.31.