What a SENIOR night it was! The clouds parted, the sun heated up the atmosphere and so did the Stampeding herd of Mustangs.
The day before the meet, I delivered a message to the team, that unlike last year, Northview and OV meet would be more highly contested meet. We would see that come to fruition!
Northview and OV turned in some great performances and really pushed our team to COMPETE. I loved every second of it. And NV, coming off a 10th place finish at WIC last year, has found some speed and some jumpers and will absolutely compete ate WIC and I am guessing will place in the top 3 or 4 spots this season. Enough about the evil empire.
Our athletes started the meet with a 2nd place finish in the 4×8. The team og Bolin, Doering, Haskett, and Siek turned in an almost PR time of 8.58.77.
The 110 hurdle race showcased 3 of the top athletes in the WIC last night. Senior Tyler Strickland and Joel Strickler competed well and were able to place 3rd and 4th respectively. Strickler and first year runner, Tristan Bland both PR’d on the night.
John McGlothlin won the 100 meter run with an almost PR time of 11.12. Also setting new personal records in the 100 meter dash were Grant Raake, Drew Fletcher, Jackson Ludlow, Byaden Cornwell and Lincoln Hammond. A nice evening for those young men.
The distance races were not contested very well, as Junior standout Austin Haskett won both races easily (by 20 seconds (1600) and almost 1 minute (3200)). However, strong performances by Elliot Gough and a PR time by Andre Adkins set the tone. Dylan Robertson was also able to decrease his PR time!
Both the 4 x 1 relay and the 4 x4 relays were ran well and won by the Mustangs! The 4 x 1 team, getting the starters back for the first time in almost 3 weeks ran a season PR time of 44.79 and won by .3 of a second. The 4×4 team had a little easier time in their race and although they did not PR, they won by 9 seconds over the 2nd place NV team.
The 400 meter dash was won by John McGlothlin as he went sub 51. Freshman Brayden Cornwell Pr’d in the race and was able to place in the 5th position for the Stangs. Also PR’ing on the evening in the 400 was Spencer Thompson, Madison Ingram, and Lincoln Hammond.
The 300 hurdles saw Tyler Strickland exact his revenge on the hurdling field as he approached the final hurdle. Tyler had a 2 second lead on the field but managed to clip his foot on the last hurdle, causing him to fall, stumble and lose to the runner from OV by .15 seconds. Although not the ending he wanted, Tyler clearly let the rest of the field know that he was ready to run! Nathan Bolin and Joel Strickler finished out the scoring for the Mustangs!
The 800 meter run saw freshman Aden Siek compete well and finish 2nd. Izaiah Doering, in his first ever open 800 ran a nice time of 2:22.28.
The 200 meter dash showcased senior speed guy Ethan Hill as he won easily with a time of 22.71, also a PR for him and a time that could very well carry him far into the state series. Also Pr’ing in the 200 meter dash was sophomore Cam Curtis, Drew Fletcher, Grant Raake, Btayden Cornwell, and Lincoln Hammond.
The field events were highly contested alos but saw the Mustangs have some awesome performances! Noah Bise was able to double win the LJ and HJ. David Brown PR’d in the LJ with a 20′ jump and also saw him go 2nd in HJ. The Pole vault bro’s went 3-4 and both are on the verge of hitting over 11-6 and PR’ing just in time for WIC and sectionals! SHot and disc also proved to be a noteworthy day for them. Colton Bowman placed 2nd in disc with a 136 and Tyler Welty, Austin Hahn and Jackson Ludlow PR’d. Welty was able to place 4th in shot put with a toss of 39-6 and also provided PR opportunities for Bowman, Hahn, Chris Bitner and Bryson Smith.
Clearly, for both teams to win this meet, on senior night was very cool. The best part of the evening though was as we watched our seniors deliver “Thank you” letters to their parents. A small gesture like putting feelings to words to paper, expressing that to the people you love, surrounded by your team can lead to some powerful and emotional reactions, which is what we got! I love this aspect of our senior night. I believe it humbles our kids a bit, Causes the to stop and actually process how much has been done for them and in a small amount of time, they are able to give thanks and praise to the people that they care about the most. A very touching , powerful moment for sure!
A proud day to be a coach of these teams!