Jump wins highlight victory for Edwardsville in ‘Meet of Champions’

Edwardsville's Devyon Hill-Lomax high jumps a new personal record Saturday during the 'Meet of Champions' at the Winston Brown Track & Field Complex.

Edwardsville’s Devyon Hill-Lomax high jumps a new personal record Saturday during the ‘Meet of Champions’ at the Winston Brown Track & Field Complex.

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EDWARDSVILLE – Last year, Edwardsville’s Devyon Hill-Lomax earned a 12 as a freshmane in the high jump at the Winston Brown Invitational.

A year later, Hill-Lomax not only improved his high jump by one foot, but he won the event on Saturday with a personal best of 2.01 meters (6-7.25).

“It feels great,” says the sophomore. “I just worked and tried to achieve it. This year I really wanted to win. I’m really trying to go to state.

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Hill-Lomax’s win was one of two for the Tigers on the day. EHS senior Malik Allen, the defending Class 3A triple jump champion, added a win in the triple jump to help the Tigers take first place in the 24-team “Meet of Champions” on Senior Day at the Winston Brown Track & Field Complex.

EHS, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by MileSplit, won the meet with 122 points. Saint Louis University High School placed second with 108 points, while defending champion Plainfield North placed third with 101 points, rounding out the top three teams.

It was a big meet for the Tigers’ field events. Of the 122 points scored by EHS, 52 came from the field events, including 39 points from jumps and pole vault.

To go along with Hill-Lomax’s personal best high jump, Allen won the triple jump with a mark of 14.94 meters (49-0.25). Gino Montgomery followed in second place with a triple jump of 13.65 meters (44-9.5).

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Not only was Hill-Lomax’s performance a personal best for him, but the 2.01-meter jump (6-7.25) is currently ranked No. 3 in Illinois for Class 3A. Hill-Lomax was quick to give credit to vault coach Carry Bailey and the rest of the vault team.

“Coach Bailey really helped me,” Hill-Lomax said. “They all helped me and gave me confidence.”

Earlier this season, Allen had a triple jump of 50 feet (49-3), breaking a 42-year-old program record jump held by Kevin Mosby, the No. 1 triple jump in Class 3A by 3.25 inches, and is the No. 7 triple jump in the country.

In the long jump, Jaydon Cole and Jacob Wahl scored points for the Tigers with a fifth-place jump and an eighth-place jump, respectively.

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Eli Gilmore added a third-place finish and a personal best of 3.86 meters (12-8) in the pole vault.

On a windy Saturday, Iose Epenesa had a second-place discus throw of 49.99 meters (164-0) and a fourth-place shot put of 15.63 meters (51-3.25).

Although EHS did not have any victories in the relays, it was a strong performance.

The 800-meter relay team of Kaylon Bursey, Darren Wilson, Steve Moore and Zach Lane placed third in 1:29.23, while Cole, Bursey, Wilson and Lane placed fourth in the 400-meter relay in 42.99.

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The 3,200-meter relay team of Colin Thomas, Colin Luitjohan, Jack Paty and Matt Lueking placed fifth in 8:20.86, while the 1,600-meter relay team of Bursey, Wilson, Chris Malone and Austin Yamnitz placed sixth in 3:31.66.

Individually, EHS did not achieve any victories, but it did achieve many top rankings.

In the 100-meter sprint, Lane finished third and set a personal best of 10.89. He just missed (by 0.01 second) his name among the top 10 sprinters in the Class 3A event.

Cole recorded a seventh-place finish of 23.06 in the 200-meter dash.

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Hugh Davis and Ben Perulfi both ran personal bests. Davis was third in the 1,600 meters in 4:33.57, while Perulfi was third in the 3,200 meters in 9:40.11.

The Tigers return to action on Tuesday at the Madison County Large School Championships.