CAMERON — A year ago, Chillicothe High School’s dimi-nutive Erin Gilliland took a huge step forward in her low hurdling late in the track-and-field season to decisively erase older sister Meghann’s school record which had stood for six years, and then lowered the mark twice more as she claimed a surprise runnerup finish in the low hurdles in the Class 3 state meet.
Yesterday at the Cameron Invitational, the little speedster obliterated big sister’s 7-year-old Chillicothe record in the 100-meters high hurdles.
Running what may have been close to a perfect race for her, E. Gilliland was clocked in a blazing 15.49 seconds, slashing a gargantuan 0.61 seconds off the record 16.1 Meghann?Gilliland had posted during the 2005 season.
For perspective, yesterday’s winning time would have won Gilliland the sectional meet title last year – an event for which she qualified, but bypassed at sectional to keep her as fresh as possible for her “better” event – the 300 lows – and a couple of sprint relays. It also would have placed her second in the state meet.
Needless to say, E.?Gilliland’s blinding burst in the high hurdles was the highlight of the girls’ division competition at Cameron yesterday, a meet which saw Gilliland and her CHS teammates win a team title for the second time in five days by a comfortable margin.
Led by?Gilliland’s record-breaker in the hurdles and a pair of relays victories, coach?Karen?Jackson’s CHS squad rang up 117 team points to outdistance co-runnersup Trenton and Lathrop by 25 points.
The boys’ division saw Chillicothe take second behind Trenton. THS’ Bulldogs scored 104 points to the Hornets’ 851⁄2. A point back of CHS was Lathrop.
The Chillicothe thinclads will head to Excelsior Springs Friday for the annual Mineral?Water Classic, a meet in which CHS has a good history.