Reappearance of Old Foe Sees RHS Uptick
April 8, 2015
With a call from former RHS Athletic Director Dan Camp who is now in the same position with Illinois Valley Central High School the Knights added their old foe to the 2015 schedule. The Richwoods regular schedule included IVC from 1975 through 2005.
RHS and IVC last met in 2005 with a 136-13 RHS win. The history against IVC goes back to the Knights' first season, 1975, where the Grey Ghosts were the only team to beat RHS in that inaugural campaign. The loss was by a single point 66-65. The Ghosts last defeated the Knights in 1998 by a 96-46 count when they also denied Richwoods an undefeated season. That loss proved to be the last for the Knights until their final meet of 2005 when Notre Dame ended a 57 meet win streak lasting for 8 seasons for the Knights.
The Knights traveled to IVC on a brisk and cloudy Tuesday April 7 for the quadrangular meet against IVC, Spring Valley Hall and Mendota and were able to step up their game and claim a victory in the meet. The score as a Quadrangular Meet was RHS 93, IVC 82, Hall 49.5, Mendota 35.5, while scored as a Triple Dual RHS 95 - Hall 39, RHS - 95 - Mendota 35, and RHS 74 - IVC 65.
The team was able to shake off what might well have been described as diffident in early meets and presented a far more aggresive face in the meet. Perhaps the personification of her teammates' newfound attitude was Haley Heard in the 100 Hurdles. After hooking the first hurdle and leaving a goodly part of her knees on the track, she got up and finished the race in full attack of the remaining hurdles.
Richwoods was able to notch the win without running a number of its top sprint people in several of their usual individual events, including the 100 sans Shantis Taylor, the 200 without Taylor and Tiarra Smith, the 400 without Ciyera Blake and Kayvance Haywood. The Knights capitalized on double wins by Smith in the Hurdles (FAT of :16.50, RHS All-Time #9, and :52.29) and Noah Worthy in the Weights (32' 1" and 85' 2", RHS All-Time #34) as well as wins by Andrea Baumgartel in the 1600 (5:53.18), and R'Eon Huff in the 100 (:14.06).