With a strong graduating class (those seniors represented 40% of our team scoring last year) in the rearview mirror, it was an opportunity to see how the returning upperclassmen, along with a slew of new faces would lay the foundation for the rest of the season!
PV: after a year in hibernation (while he focused on diving, which he has committed to competing in while @ Ball State), Senior Wyatt Blake come out STRONG in his first meet in 2 years, he tied a career PR with a jump of 11’6. A great start to the season!
SP: with 1st year coach Patrick Mosby leading a barn full of Mustangs, the night led many of them to career PR’s. First year thrower, senior, Zaric Priest hit a 38’6. The Wood also had 3 juniors hit career PR’s on the night (O’Connor 36’8~~Ludlow 36’3~~Hahn 35’10.5)! Also, first year thrower, junior, Derrick Davis hit a 35’5.5. This is an amazing starting place for the throwers!
DISC: Senior Tyler Welty led the charge for the Stangs with a career PR toss of 118’9.
Although no other throwers were able to break 100ft, many PR’s were accomplished on the evening!
HJ: David Brown broke the 6ft barrier and cleared 6’2 to win the meet. This is only 1 inch off his career PR. Sophomore Blake Love had his first outdoor meet and was able to clear 5’0.
LJ: Continuing in the shoes of just graduated and school record holder Noah Bise, David Brown cleared 21’ for the first time in his career and won the meet with a jump of 21’3. First year jumpers Blake Love and Kolin Repass also were able to get their first jumps of their careers and finished with jumps of 19’1.25 and 18’2.25, respectully.
SPRINTS: With more than half of the sprinters from last year’s Sprint group graduated, the Stangs are looking for sprinters to develop and step up. Returning letter winners, Grant Raake, Cameron Curtis and John McGlothlin and freshman phenom Zack Raake, we hope will be able to match the dedication and effort that were laid before them from the likes of Ryan Hiatt and Cole Hall.
On the night, freshman Zack Raake and first year runner, Blake Love came through in impressive times in the 200m. Also, four other Mustangs finished within .14 of each other for a cluster finish. Raake also had a strong showing in the open 400.
DISTANCE: Our distance group made some BIG improvements from last years times. Starting with junior Zay Doering who had a career PR in the 1600, coming in @ 5.21.36. Not to be out done, sophomore Dylan Robertson ran the 1600 in under 6 minutes (5.57.89) for the first time in his career (last year PR6.27.06). Following suit in the 3200, junior Liam Nelson also ran a career PR with a time of 10.52.97, smashing his previous last season best 19 seconds.
Elliot Gough, not to be outdone, also ran a career PR with a time of 11.53.66, which was 58 SECONDS faster than his last season PR.
RELAYS: As always, the first meet of the season allows us to give athletes the opportunity to display their pre-season work with a multitude of Stangs getting the nod in the relays.
The 4×1 team (Fletcher, G Raake, Curtis, Bland) started the night with a tough assignment, as they were told last minute they needed to change lanes, get new steps and go without new marks. They competed well and dealt with adversity like champs!
The 4×8 team (Siek, Doering, Roland, Gill) had a great run and finished the meet with a time of 9.23.44. It was a nice race for that team!
The 4×4 team (Bolin, Doering, Siek, Z. Raake) had a time of 3.44.96.
Many athletes had their “firsts” of the season! First time out of blocks, first time on a jump runway, first time running against someone not a Mustang, sometime throwing with a ton of people watching, etc. The effort was great and this coach was proud of all his athletes and how they approached the evening and how the competed!