It’s one thing to be one of the smallest centers and nose tackles in the state, taking a beating on the line for the best team in the state.
It’s another to play a game for that team the night before you take a 20-mile bike ride.
That’s exactly what Capitan senior Caleb Hightower did, Sept. 23, finishing first in his distance in the Tour de Ruidoso with a time of 1:04.
So what drove him to do this?
“My grandpa (Steven Hightower) started this race, and I hadn’t done it in a while,” Caleb said. “He asked me to do it, and I figured I’d spend some time with him.”
Steven Hightower was no slouch himself in the race, finishing second with a time of 1:14, just 10 minutes behind his grandson.
Caleb was shooting for under an hour on his time, but the elements were against him.
“The record was 58 and a half,” Hightower said. “The wind and rain made it kind of tough. I was a little sore, but I had to work it out.”
“A little sore” is quite an understatement, considering Hightower played in Capitan’s 49-0 thrashing of Clayton the night before, then made the long trip home from Fort Sumner, getting very little sleep before rising to ride in the Tour.
“Last night was kind of a rough game,” Hightower said. “We should have ended it earlier, but it was good to get the younger guys in. We just have to see what hits us next.”