13 athletes in 10 Events advance to Regionals for the Stangs
Thursday night proved to be a sectional meet filled with top athletes, primarily dominated by 3 schools. North, South and Edgewood. A year removed from the best finish in school history since the early 1990’s, the Stangs were once again poised to show the 5a powerhouses that last year was no fluke, and that the boys from the Wood were here to compete!
After trials finished, an impromptu lightning strike and prevailing storm clouds filled the air for the next 65 minutes, causing all teams and spectators to take cover either in personal vehicles, team buses or inside BHSN! After the storm passed, the highly competitive meet started again and was rollin!
In an effort to help some of the athletes advance where we thought they could, we made some last minutes adjustments, scratches, etc. If you ever want to see selflessness, talk to track coaches during this time of season. Especially in small school setting, when the sheer volume of athletes available is not the same as it is with the larger schools, depth and positioning become very important. At times, we ask kids to sacrifice their personal accomplishments to better the team. Our team was not exempt from this notion and we had several athletes forgo individual opportunities to allow for better performances for the team! This makes my heart happy more than any win could! Getting these young men to believe in something greater than themselves is one of our goals and to see them act on it is literally makes me feel tremendous pride in them!
On the night, the Boys from the Wood showed up and showed out! We will have 13 athletes in 10 events representing our school at Regionals next week!
Athletes that competed:
Aden Siek, sophomore, ran a season and Career PR in the open 800 meters. He finished in time of 2:04.65 and earned a 7th place finish at Sectionals!
Liam Nelson, junior, ran the 1600 and finished in a time of 5:12.47. It was a solid season for the junior and we look forward to watching him kick butt in XC this upcoming season!
Sophomore Elliot Gough had a great season. His season wrapped up in the 3200 and his time of 11:15.42. Again, we look forward to seeing what strides he makes this upcoming XC season!
Blake Love was able to compete in Long Jump and finished in 8th place! Blake has been a good addition to the team this year and we look forward to watching him grow!
Senior stand out, 4 year track kid, and #3 ranked academically in his class, Nathan Bolin finished his HS hurdle career with a time of 16.88 in the 110 hurdles and a 7th place finish in Sectionals!
Jackson Ludlow, who turned his focus to throws after last season as he attempts to bulk up for football, found an opportunity a few weeks ago to help the team and threw his name back into the hurdle gauntlet. He finished his season with a season PR of 19.52 in the 110 hurdles.
First year track kid, Kolin Repass, dealing with some injures and making his first real attempt at hurdling this season, showed up to Sectionals and ran a career PR in the 300 hurdles. His time of 45.37 was a Career PR and strong enough for an 8th place finish at Sectionals.
The 4×1 team of Grant Raake, David Brown, Cameron Curtis, and Blake Love, were not able to match their WIC season best time but did come close and finished in 3rd place and qualified for Regionals with a time of 45.48. They will look to improve on that mark at Regionals! The cool thing about this team is that all of them, minus our awesome senior Grant, will be back and hungry for more next season!
The 4×4 team of Zack Raake, Nathan Bolin, Izaiah Doering, and John McGlothlin, ran a strong race against two tough teams (North and South) and were able to finish in 3rd place and advance to Regionals! They ran a time of 3:32.81. I know for a fact they will run faster @ Regionals. I have not doubt!
The boys 4×8 team of Izaiah Doering, Aden Siek, Elliot Gough and Luke Roland, ran a SEASON best time of 8:44.42, which was strong enough for a 6th place finish. Although, they were not originally slated to advance to Regionals, they did receive a call back and did in fact advance! We had all 3 relay teams advance to Regionals! This has not happened very often and it is a cool accomplishment for sure!
Both senior Shot putters had good evenings. Zaric Priest set a new Career PR with a toss of 43’5. Fellow senior Tyler Welty, had a nice throw of 46’9.75 which was a 5th place finish. Again, like the 4×8 relay team, Welty had a strong enough performance to get the call back for Regionals and will have another opportunity to improve on his career best throw of 48 feet, which he accomplished @ WIC this year!
Discus had Welty and Evan O’Connor competing for the Stangs. Junior O’Connor tossed the disc 111’9 feet and we look forward to a strong off-season from him as he will be the best returning thrower next season. Welty placed 6th with a CAREER PR of 128’01. A heck of a way for our senior to go out!
Wyatt Blake and junior Jarrod Robbins took their turn to score for the Stangs in the Pole Vault. Wyatt, after taking a year off was able to clear 10 and a 9th place finish. Jarrod did not clear an official height, but was able to get some more reps and will come back next year ready to be a top competitor for the Stangs!
The night belonged to Austin Haskett. Not only did the senior break 2 school records, he was the sectional champion in the 1600 and the 3200. During both of his races, he displayed tremendous effort, thought, and attacked his racing game plan. What happened because of that, 2 school records fell. Haskett set the new 1600 record for the school with a time of 4:15.17. He then turned around and ran a very smart 3200, finishing strong during the last 600 meters and beating the field for another sectional championship and school record in a time of 9:17.98.
Junior John McGlothlin was also a 2 time sectional champion! John won a competitive race with Norths stud sprinter, Nate Jenkins, in the 200 meter dash, as both were sub 23 seconds. John finished in a time of 22.76. John also won an incredibly tough 400 meter race against kids from South and North (Childers & Schmidt). This was a race with 3 kids seeded at 50.5 or under. John won with a time of 48.83, and was mere tenths of seconds off of his school record!
Senior David Brown is also a Sectional Champion in HJ, as he cleared 6’4. David also had a strong showing in the Long Jump and finished in 2nd place. A mere few inches from 1st. Davis will be ready to compete at Regionals and we fully expect him to make some noise in both of those events as he tries to double qualify for the State meet!