By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
REEDLEY – Exeter’s Chad Hilvers continued to raise the bar in the high jump competition during the Central Sequoia League Championship at Immanuel’s Sporting Complex on Wednesday. He broke his own record in the event by topping 6 feet, 7 inches.
“I already knew this was coming,” Hilvers said. “I’ve continued to set goals and achieve them.”
Once the competition reached over six feet, it was a two-person event between Hilvers and Hanford West’s Desmond Howard. Both cleared 6 feet, 1 inch, but at the next height 6 feet, 3 inches, Howard was unable to clear the bar. Hilvers had a spot of good luck on his second attempt when he clipped the bar, but it stayed up.
After soaking in that he had successfully defended his league title, Hilvers immediately rose the bar to 6 feet, 7 inches. He failed after the first attempt when he wasn’t able to clear his legs. The second however, he went for broke and cleared the height without even grazing the bar.
Hilvers’ old record stood for a month. Before that the record stood for two years at 6 feet, 5 inches, and before that it was unbreakable for 42 years.
Hilvers made two attempts at 6 feet, 9 inches, but decided to shut it down after he hit his ankle against the bar on his second attempt.
The record setting performance in the high jump was Hilvers’ last event of the evening. He had already captured two additional CSL titles in the 100-meter (11.31 seconds), and 200-meter (22.69 seconds). He was close to going for a clean sweep of his events, but took third in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 7.5 inches.
Up until this point in the season, Hilvers had been a staple on the 4×100 relay team, but decided to leave the team to compete in all individual events to get Exeter the most points possible.
Exeter’s relay team went on to finish second in the 4×100 with a time of 44.72 seconds.
“For my teammates to score in the relay without me, that was big,” Hilvers said.
The combination of Hilvers’ unselfishness, and the ability of Exeter to fill in and perform at the highest level led to the Monarchs’ boys getting second place. Their score of 106 was 37 points behind the Kingsburg Vikings.
Teneil Nichols helped solidify Exeter’s position. He took second in the 400-meter with a personal record of 52.55 seconds after he returned from a leg injury.
In the throwing events Nicholas Tangonan took third in the shot put after throwing a distance of 47 feet, and three and a half inches. A new personal record for Tangonan. In the discus Jordan Muellar threw over 137 feet to take fourth.
Exeter took fifth in the girls’ events. The Monarchs’ 4×100 relay team took first with a time of 51.91 seconds. Their time was less than three hundreds of a second faster than second place Immanuel.
Exeter’ Tillie Wendt was able to tie the school record in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches. The record was set by Sky Ramage in 1998.
“I am really shocked, but happy and glad I was able to accomplish this,” Wendt said.