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Kevetter, Neighbors take top honors

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles could not chase down the Sanger teams on the track Thursday, finishing runner-up in both divisions.

But Decatur did leave with the high-point trophies for boys and girls.

Out in Front

OUT IN FRONT – Decatur’s Jacob Kevetter clears a hurdle in the 300-meter race Thursday. He won the race for one of his three gold medals at the meet. He also claimed a silver in the long jump. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Nicole Neighbors garnered the girls’ trophy after winning the 100 and 300 hurdles and the mile relay. She also took third in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.

“This is real exciting,” said the junior after receiving the trophy. “I didn’t expect this.”

Neighbors, a state qualifier last year in both hurdles, won the 100 hurdles in a personal best time of 15.36.

“I was scared and was just running for my life,” Neighbors said.

It was her first time to win district in the event. She finished second last year to teammate Macen Stripling, who was second this year in 15.89.

In the 300 hurdles, Neighbors cruised around the track in 49.1.

“It feels good that the hard work pays off,” Neighbors said about the 300 hurdles win.

She expressed some disappointment in her time. She ran a 46 before district at a bigger meet.

Neighbors was third in the high jump, clearing 4-6. Her long jump of 15-5 was good for sixth.

Jacob Kevetter claimed the boys high-point trophy with his three gold medals and a silver.

“Hard work pays off,” he said. “It’s an honor to get this. I have to thank God for blessing me and my parents for coming out and supporting me.”

Kevetter breezed down the track in the 110 hurdles, running 14.58.

“On my first jump I got off balance but I was able to turn it on and get my best time all season,” Kevetter said.

In the 300 hurdles, Kevetter won by more than two seconds, running 40.14.

Kevetter closed the night by running a 51-second quarter to get Decatur on the path to winning gold in the 4×400. Teamed with Brandon Rivera, Justin Myers and Grayson Muehlstein, he earned his third gold medal with a finishing time of 3:34.07.

Kevetter also claimed silver in the long jump with an effort of 21-1.75. He finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-10.

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