The Mustangs stampeded their way to a dominating win on Saturday afternoon at Park Tudors Small School Invitational meet scoring 106.5 points!
The Park Tudor meet is one that the athletes look forward to every year. Usually the meet takes place on a Friday night on the campus of PT. Typically each year the invite will host 12-14 teams and the boys get to see great competition from schools that we will not usually ever get a chance to compete against! This year, because of Good Friday, the meet was held on Saturday morning! What a glorious day it was! The sun was out and shining bright and it paved the way for the Stangs to heat things up!
The first event of the meet was the 4×8 and the team of McGlothlin, Kovach, Michael, and Haskett blazed the trail winning the event with a time of 8.29.71. That team set the tone for the whole meet and the rest of our boys did not want to disappoint.
Tyler Strickland and Nathan Bolin once again battled in the 300 hurdles. They placed 3rd and 6th, respectively. As they have for most of the season, they ran well and both of them managed to PR (Strickland 43.09) (Bolin 45.48).
The 4×4 team, composed of Aydelott, Cottingham, Poling, and Strickland, ran a very competitive race and placed 2nd with a time of 3.36.52, a season PR for the Stangs!
In the 1600, Austin Haskett continued his dominating season performance winning the race with a time of 4.35.43, just shy of his PR. Cameron Banister also ran a tough race and finished 6th for the Wood with a new PR of 4.55.26.
The Stangs 4×1 team placed 2nd in the meet with a time of 45.42. This was also a PR for them on the season. The team that was initially named the winner of the relay (CR) was later disqualified which meant the Stangs became the victors! There is speculation as to why the Cardinal Ritter team was DQâd. Some say it was because they displayed poor sportsmanship after the win, others noted that they made a baton exchange outside of the exchange zone. We may never know!
In the 400 and 800 meter runs, Seniors Denver Aydelott and Alex Michael ran aggressive races and finished in 6th and 4th place. Denver, just coming off of the 4×4 relay had enough left in the tank to finish in a time of 54.68, just shy of his seed time! Alex also ran an aggressive race in the 800. Although he was initially listed as the alternate for that race, some fatigue and queasy feelings from McGlothlin opened the door for Alex to compete. He did just that, finishing the race with a time of 2.09.37 and a 4th place finish.
The 800 sprint medley relay was an exciting event. Not a normal one that we get to run ever so it took some key planning and trying to find the right mix of athletes to make it work. The Stangs were seeded with the 4th best time but were able to finish in 2nd place when the dust settled. Hall, Holbrook, Hiatt and Cottingham ran a nice race and finished with a time of 1.40.45, a second fatser than the seed time they had.
Another race that the athletes donât get to run normally is the 1200. Austin Haskett paced the whole field and finished with a time of 3.22.05 which was also a new meet record!!! Junior Zach Kovach also competed in this race and ran a very tough 3.45.18, which was strong enough of a performance for him to earn 6th place!
The field events wrapped up the scoring for the Wood. In High Jump, Noah Bise started to gain some of his pre-season momentum back and cleared 5â10 which allowed him to earn a Medallion for 1st place! David Brown continued his consistent season effort by clearing 5â6 and earning him a 5th place finish!
Long Jump also saw both the Stangs finish in the top 8, as Bise and Brown finished 4th and 7th. Bise jumped 19â9 and Brown jumped 18â4! Bise has done a great job this year picking up the long jump and Brown has been getting better and better with each meet! The jumps was an area last year that we struggled and now to have 2 athletes competing and earning points this year is a great thing.
The throws rounded out the scoring for the Wood. Jason Ehrmann has throws of 34â5.5 in the shot put and 109â3 in the disc. Ehrmann earned a 7th place finish in the disc. Senior JT Waltz threw 33â1.5 in the Shot put and junior Colton Bowman threw 115â6.5 in the disc and earned himself a 4th place finish!
In all, 14 teams competed at the invitational and when the dust had settled the Stangs were named Champions of the meet, bucking past the rest of the field by over 20 points!!
Leading up to this meet, we talked about being mentally tough and competing to the seeded mark for their specific event. We talked to the boys and told them that we could make a bunch of excuses for not competing well. Many of them had to be up at 530am to be at the school at 6am. A long bus ride. A hot day. These would all be excuses they could use. However, we challenged them to not allow any of those excuses to be the reason they did not perform well. We knew teams would be coming after us. They would be trying to knock us off so that we did not repeat as Champions. The young men on this team would not allow anything to stop them from performing to the best of their ability, setting 6 Prâs on the season, setting a new meet record (Haskett in 1200), and overall bringing an aggressive attitude to the meet! All of that lead the way to us being able to be back to back Champions!
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