Higgins chases down 400 win

By Brad Mosher, The Observer April 26, 2013 11:19 am

Enterprise’s Marta Stangel and Emma Bowers lean at the finish of the 100 meters. (BRAD MOSHER/The Observer)
Enterprise’s Marta Stangel and Emma Bowers lean at the finish of the 100 meters. (BRAD MOSHER/The Observer)

by BRAD MOSHER / The Observer 

ELGIN — For Katriel O’Reilly, it was speed work designed to improve her chances to repeat as a state champion.

But, for Elgin’s Aria Higgins, having O’Reilly in the ICUE 400 meters with her Thursday was even more important. 

It was competition.

Less than a week after the Elgin sophomore ran by herself in the 400 meters at the Elgin Invitational, Higgins had someone to chase.

With O’Reilly in an outside lane, Higgins was able to chase her down through the curve and pull away to a 1-second victory over O’Reilly. 

Higgins’ time of 1:03.41 moved her into fifth among the 2A metric quarter-milers.

“It helped. It helped a lot,” Higgins said about having someone to chase. 

For Higgins, it was a welcome surprise. 

“I didn’t know she did the 400. I’m glad she did,” Higgins said.

Imbler’s Emma Bowers and Enterprise’s Marta Stangel battled in the 100 meters, with Bowers taking the race with a lean.

Stangel won the shot put (33-10-½), while Bowers was fourth (29-4). 

Bowers also won the long jump with a leap of 16-4 and picked up a second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.58) with the fourth-fastest 1A time this year and the fastest time in the district.

Union’s foursome of Lynn Shoemaker, McKenzie Evans, O’Reilly and Stormy Bullard finished second (4:38.14) in the 1,600-meter relay behind Weston-McEwen’s winning 4:34.94 time.

Powder Valley’s Ali Abrego won the high jump by clearing 5-0, while Stormy Silver of Elgin took second with a 4-11 effort.

Weston-McEwen got wins in the javelin and discus from Mikayla Christoffer, while Mikayla Carlin won the triple jump.  

Madison Carlin won the 200 meters and Elizabeth Herbes won the 800 for the TigerScots.