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Speed kills

Speed kills. Whether it be on the football field or the track, the MacArthur Highlanders have  plenty to go around. Mac's boys sprinted to a runner-up finish at the Class 5A state track meet on Saturday in Yukon, and it was the Highlander's 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams that stole the show. Seniors Jacques Henderson, Lorenzo West, Devontrae Young and junior Walter Neil brought home gold medals in both events, and broke the state meet record in the 4x200.

"That wind was blowing in our face and I thought it was going to slow us down," said MacArthur coach Odell Gunter. "But we had two strong legs running in to the wind and those guys ran a great race."

Mac's relay teams are used to winning big. That same foursome was the starting secondary for MacArthur's State Championship football team in the fall, a bond that was easy to carry over to the track.

"We all know each others weaknesses and strong holds," Henderson said. "We knew if we could just get one more good person, and that's when we asked Walter to come out, we just click really well together."

"Honestly we spend a lot of time together off the field," Neil said. "We just kind of made it up in our minds that we wanted to leave an impact,especially for them in their senior year."

"I think it's pretty great to go out with a bang, winning football and getting a runner-up and a couple of golds in track, that's just an amazing experience and it's something I'll never forget," added West.

It wasn't just the relays that the Highlanders dominated. Henderson won gold in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and West took second in the 400 meters.
"I was very confident in the relays and the 200," Henderson said. "The 100 really wasn't my event. I just came in to it this year, my senior year. I hadn't run it since I was in middle school. So I just practiced for it and came out and got the gold."

The Highlanders' storybook finish to the fall and spring took place in the same setting: Miller Stadium in Yukon. MacArthur has made a second home for itself at the Millers' house, winning big in Yukon multiple times in the last four years.

"I mean it's just a good luck charm because we started off last year winning the 4x200 relay and it carried over to the football season and to this next year," Young said. "Yukon loves us."

This rendition of Mac's relay teams will be no more next year. West, Henderson and Young are off to play college football in the fall, passing the baton to neil to continue MacArthur's success.
 
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