Back to Back to Back–2019 Stangs deliver DOMINATING WIC performance
One night later than originally scheduled, with a slight breeze throughout the evening, and 12 degrees cooler than the day before, the Western Indiana Conference held their version of the boys championship on Friday evening in South Putnam.
The Mustangs, projected to win by a large margin (50+ points), showed up and delivered a DOMINATING performance (138 points) and distanced themselves from the 2nd best team in the conference this year, Brown County, who finished with 76 points.
The boys knew the motto for the night was to “do your job” . We knew if they showed up and ran, jumped, and threw what they were seeded to do, we would be victorious! Thats exactly what they did, while some of them even took it a step further and set new PR’s.
The 4×8 team of Doering, Siek, Gough and Roland had a great run and set a new season PR by 30 seconds. Their time of 8:50 was a huge PR and catapulted the Stangs to the #4 place instead of the #7 seed they had. It was very cool to see those boys run a strong race from start to finish. We absolutely knew they could do something in this time range and are excited to see that happen. Doering, for the first time leading off, set the tone for the team, running an aggressive 800 and forcing the others to match his intensity.
The 100 and 200 meter dashes proved to provide the Mustangs with more points than they were projected! Freshman Zack Raake, seeed 6th in the 100 meter dash, and sophomore Blake Love (who was not seeded in the top 8), both made the finals and Zack placed 3rd and Blake was 8th! Again, with these 2 performances, the boys from the Wood earned more points than they were projected. The 200 meter dash, saw junior John McGlothlin win in a powerful fashion and motored to a victory in the 200 meter dash by almost 1 second. Junior, Cameron Curtis also not seeded to place in the top 8, made the finals and was able to finish in 7th place! Again, more points were scored than were projected.
The 400 meter dash also allowed McGlothlin another opportunity to break his own WIC and school record. John had been telling his teammates all week that he was trying to go sub 49 (which means he would run under 49 seconds). John attacked the race and ran a very smooth race, coming in 1st place and breaking his own WIC and school record in the 400.
On Friday, John ran a 48.77, which makes his time the 3rd fastest in the state this year!
Austin Haskett…..what can be said about him that has not been said already!? He is a stud. He is a team player. He puts the team first in almost every situation. He is like the energizer bunny, just keeps going and going and going!
After putting the team on his back last year, running in 4 events, all distance races, the same heroic effort was not needed this season, yet the young man went and not only raced in the 800 (Aden Siek also placed 7th with a nice run in the 800), the 1600 (Liam Nelson for the 2nd time all season ran and was under the 5 minute mark in this race), and the 3200 (Elliot Gough had an impressive CAREER PR run in the 3200 also), but he ran competitive, intelligent races and was able to be a 3 time conference champ in those 3 events also. Austin was also a three time champ in these same events last year! I am trying to verify this, BUT, I am confident that this is the only time this has been achieved in our conference! Quite the accomplishment!!!! Again, he is a REPEAT 3 time WIC champ! I simply cant say enough about this young man!
The 4×1 relay team of G Raake, D Brown, C Curtis, and B Love, set a season PR (45.1) by almost 1 second (which is a huge PR time in this short of a race). The team was seeded 6th on the night and took that personally. To say they were locked in was an understatement and Grant took the gun and got off to a great start in the race! The team finished in 2nd place, which was a huge improvement from their seed. Cleaning up the handoffs a bit could allow these guys to shave even more time off their splits heading into sectionals!
Senior Nate Bolin also had an impressive night. The senior placed 3rd in both the hurdle races (110H and the 300) and was the 2nd leg of the Conference championship 4×4 team! Similar to Austin, I can not say enough about the character that this young man has and the effort and energy that he brings to this team everyday! He will not be replaced.
Also scoring in the 300 hurdles was first year runner and junior, Kolin Repass, who placed 7th!
Senior David Brown also had a standout night. Not only did he run an aggressive and fast time for his leg of the 4×1 team (they were seeded 6th and finished 2nd), but he was also able to manage the elusive double jump BLUE RIBBONS, as he won both high jump and long jump. He jumped 21+ feet for the win in LJ and once he had secured the HJ win by clearing 6’2, he went straight to tie the school record and had them move the bar up to 6’5. After his first attempt was a bad miss, he came as close as he couldnt with his 2nd attempt and had the back end of his booty hit the bar at the last minute and in slow motion, the bar dropped to the ground.
Davis had it as a goal to tie or break the school record at the WIC meet. I guess, he was just saving it for the Sectional stage!
In Pole Vault, first year vaulter Jarrod Robbins tied his PR by clearing 8’6. Although this was not high enough to score, it helped build some confidence for the junior and gave us an idea of what we can expect from him next year! Senior Wyatt Blake cleared a height for the first time in almost a month. A snapped pole at practice 3 weeks ago, lead to Wyatt having to train on a new pole and having to deal with some adversity. He had been struggling. Wyatt was able to get the pole going (with a little help from our friend, Trent) and cleared 11’, which was strong enough for a 5th place finish! It was nice having Wyatt back this year and we are excited to see how Jarrod grows for next year!
Wrapping up the meet was the throws. Led by senior Tyler Welty, the boys from the Wood had a great evening. Doing their job in discus, both boys threw what they should have and our senior finished in that event in 6th place! Junior Evan O’Connor had a decent throw but did not place in the top 8. Big Welt was fired up going into shot put and after already launching a CAREER PR with a toss of 46 feet, he took it one step further and bested his new found PR with a whopper of a throw, tossing the shot 48-5!!! A huge PR for the senior and had it not been for the senior standout from Sullivan who threw a bomb 51 footer, Tylers 2nd place finish would have been another 1st place to add to the mix.
On a night where the boys knew they were supposed to win, it could have been very easy for them to simply go through the motions. To not run with passion or to run like nothing was at stake! These boys from Edgewood Track and Field, went the other direction and absolutely put the smack down on the rest of the Western Indiana Conference. It makes the 3 WIC title for these boys in a row and is a testament to the attitude, determination, and effort that these boys have put forth not only this season but for the last 4.
Watch us as we move onto sectionals this week at BHSN. You will be hearing more from the Boys from the Wood!!!!