The Heavens blessed the Mustang Track and field teams with B-E-A-utiful (said as Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty) weather Tuesday night as the Stangs competed against the Eagles from Brown County and the Artisians from Martinsville. The worst part of the evening for this coach was the long, windy, bus ride to the gorgeous county of Brown! Where the rolling hills and amazing landscape give way to the awkward shifts and motion sickness caused by a 45 minute bus ride!!
After a slew of Varsity competitions (Park Tudor, Mustang Invite) the decision was made to corral some of our horses and allow some time for rest, recovery and a less event filled meet for a substantial amount of the Stangs!
Our 4 x 8 team, Banister, Kovach, Aydelott and McGlothlin got off to a slow start as several of those runners were feeling the effects of the competitive season. They ran a 9:11.54.
The 110 hurdles saw The Stangs run away with a 1-2-3 finish as Nathan Bolin continued his season best efforts in the event, running a 16.76. T Strick finished 2nd followed closely by Joel Strickler. Watching these 3 young men compete has been fun this season! Freshman Jackson Ludlow ran well enough to finish 5th with a time of 19.72.
In the 1600 meter race, returning from injury just 2 weeks ago, Alex Michael ran a 4:51.43 for a season PR as Cameron Banister, Liam Nelson, and John Burton wrapped up the competitors for the Stangs.
The 4 x 1 teams ran well and placed 2nd and 4th. The A team PRâd by .4 of a second with a time of 45.39.
The 400 meter dash saw 3 Mustangs compete. Senior Lucas Poling, Junior Tyler Calvin and Freshman Izaiah Doering all raced hard, however, none of them were able to top their season PR. Lucas ran strong enough to finish 4th for the Stangs with a time of 57.09!
The 300 hurdles saw T Strick exact revenge on Bolin as he won with a PR time of 42.93! Bolin finished in 2nd place with a time of 45.78 and Jackson Ludlow rounded out the stangs with a time of 52.47.
3 runners competed in the open 800. Tyler McGlothlin led the Stangs and finished in 4th place. Denver Aydelott and Tyler Calvin finished the race but were not able to PR.
The 200 meter dash saw The Wood finish in 2nd, 3rd, and 5th places. Junior Ryan Hiatt ran a good race and finished 2nd with a time of 24.35, just missing his season PR. Cole Flora ran a strong race from the 2nd section and placed 3rd with a time of 25.31 and Joel Strickler ran a 25.36, missing out on a 4th place finish by .04 seconds. Also running and in the 200 meter was sophomores Grant Raake (26.00) and Evan Cantrell (26.92) and freshman Izaiah Doering who also managed to PR (26.92)
The boys 3200 saw Austin Haskett win easily. He was never challenged throughout the race and was still able to run within a second of his PR time. Freshman Liam Nelson also ran and was able to PR by 1 second with a time of 11.28.00.
Noah Bise continued to look very strong in both his events. He slipped on first attempt in LJ (board was slick numerous competitors stated) and bounced back big time with a whopping season PR of 20â9. He also cleared 5â10 to take 2nd place in HJ.
David Brown also continued his consistent season performance. He jumped 18â10 in LJ, enough for 3rd place and was also able to match his season PR of 5â6 in HJ for a 4th place finish!
Our vaulters have not performed well for 2 consecutive meets and we are excited to see how they progress over the next 3-4 weeks! Sophomore Wyatt Blake led the charge matching his season PR by clearing 10â6, followed by Rhys Fehrenbach who cleared 9â6 and sophomore Caleb Waugh was able to clear 8â0. Those places were strong enough for our vaulters to finish 1st, 2nd, and 4th!
When the night wrapped up, the Mustangs prevailed in 1st place with a team score of 61 points. The Stangs had 19 tied or personal records on the evening and continue to show improvement and tenacity as the season ramps up towards the climax!!