After the opening 2 meets of the season made athletes endure frigid temps and medium winds on less than suitable running conditions, the Mustangs were bound to catch a weather break. That is exactly what happened Friday night at Park Tudor High School. The Stangs showed up and were ready to show out on what proved to be a warmer than we have experienced, slightly overcast, record breaking night.
The Stangs came out firing on all cylinders and started the meet off with a first place finish winning the 4 x 4 with a time of 3:29.50. Ethan Hill, Tyler Strickland, Noah Bise, and John McGlothlin were less than 2 seconds off of the meet record, which was set by Edgewood in 2014.
Austin Haskett continued his dominating season! Austin ran, won, PR’d, broke the meet record and Edgewood’s 1600 meter record, with a blazing time of 4:17.17. The previous record had stood for 17 years, set by Greg Hottell, with a time of 4:18.71. Austin also broke the Park Tudor meet record which was a time of 4:24.21, set back in 2010. Liam Nelson ran a fantastic race in the mile also. Liam was not seeded to score, yet ran a gutsy and bold race, and was able to pull ahead of 2 opponents in the closing 200 meters to finish 8th for the Mustangs!
The second relay of the night was quite the race. After last years team was disqualified allowing the Mustangs to capture the 4 x 1 title, Cardinal Ritter had something to prove. The Mustangs placed 2nd in the 4 x 1, losing to Cardinal Ritter by .21 seconds! A tough race to lose, but it was a fun race to watch. Ryan Hiatt, Cole Hall, Cameron Curtis, and Ethan Hill just narrowly missed the 1st place finish but still ran one heck of a race!! Cameron Curtis stepped up big time as the Mustangs were dealing with an injury to one of the normal runners, Cole Flora. The Mustangs were .7 away from the meet record.
John McGlothlin, in his 2nd 4oo meter run of the night, started strong in the open 400 meter run and pulled away from the pack to win the open 400. His time was 51.44, which was close to a season PR and was only .8 off of the meet record.
The 800 saw freshman Aden Siek run in his first varsity invitational. Aden ran a smart race, controlling his emotions and adrenaline and finishing right in line with his seed time of a 2:09.37. Aden was seeded 4th but was able to compete and finish one spot ahead of his seed in 3rd place!
The 6th event of the night saw Austin Haskett dominate the 1200 meter run. Austin led start to finish, with a tight battle with a runner from Danville for about 700 meters. By the time the race was over, Austin had another medal, another meet record and 10 more points for the Stangs. Austins time was 3:11.40, which was almost 15 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Liam Nelson, again, not projected to score points was able to run a magnificent race and finish in 6th place. Liam took some huge steps during the meet in his own progression and is starting to establish himself as a legit scoring threat for the upcoming WIC meet.
The 300 hurdles showcased Edgewoods top 2 hurdlers, senior Tyler Strickland and junior Nathan Bolin. The “Hurdle Bro’s” finished 1-2 for the Stangs and beat the 3rd place finisher from Ritter by 2 seconds. Tyler Strickland ran a 40.71 (which was less than .90 off the meet record set back in 2014). Nathan Bolin started very well, leading the first 100 meters of the race. Unfortunately, Bolin gives away quite a few inches to Stricklands long legs and was not able to keep the distance he had created. He finished in 2nd with a fantastic time of 43.46.
The 8th event was another showdown between the sprinters from The Wood and Cardinal Ritter. The 100-100-200-400 meter sprint relay is a fast race and a race that you dont run every meet, so a cool experience for these athletes. The Stangs were the 3 seed coming into the race but knew they had enough in the tank to push for a medal. The race came down to the wire, with Edgewood nudging Ritter for the 1st place finish, a new meet record, and bragging rights. The Stangs destroyed the previous meet record, set by Cardinal Ritter in 2016 (1:38.31) by running a dominating 1:35.49.
The final relay of the evening was the 4 x 8. This relay has been working all year at getting better and establishing an identity. After several key losses from last years roster (graduation and not returning), the 400 and the 800 meters have been sots that the Mustangs have been looking for athletes to step up for. Austin Haskett got the Mustangs off to a nice lead. Sophomore Zay Doering and Spencer Thompson, both running in their first varsity invitational, ran well, over coming some nerves and anxiety and were mere seconds of being within their projected split times. Aden Siek brought the Stangs home in the anchor leg with a nice split and a strong finish to place the Mustangs in 3rd place!
Boys high jump saw senior Joel Strickler step up out of no where to fill a void in the lineup. Noah Bise, jumping after long jumping and running the 3rd leg of the 4 x 4, had enough juice left in his legs to clear 5-10, which was very solid and strong enough for a 2nd place finish.
The fans watching the long jump witnessed Noah Bise set a new school record. Bise was able to jump 22-1.5 inches. That distance was .5 inches further than Edgewood’s old school record, set by N Brinkley all the way back in 1975! Nathan Bolin, seeing a void in the lineup, volunteered to long jump. Nate had not long jumped all year and in fact his last time jumping was over 1 year ago. I can not explain how invaluable this was for us as a team! Very unselfish and in doing so, Nate was able to jump a PR of 18-7, which was strong enough for him to finish in 6th place and helped the Stangs secure points that they were not supposed to earn!
Last year, the Mustangs did not score a single point in the Shot put. This year, they vowed to not let that happen again. Ryan Stuffle, also splitting time with baseball, and junior Tyler Welty both PR’d and both threw over 40 feet, allowing them to finish 5th and 6th, for a total of 9 HUGE points. Welty threw a 40-7 and Stuffle finished with a 41-2. A very cool and exciting night for both of them as we march to the WIC meet.
Discus wrapped up the nights field events and saw sophomore Evan O’Connor finish in 10th place. Evans season best throw of 108 has him as the number 2 disc thrower for the Stangs and this meet allowed him to earn some very cool varsity experience and some confidence also!! Senior Colton Bowman was 1 throw away from capturing Edgwoods 7th in of the night, but the thrower from Ritter had other plans and beat Bowman by 6 feet on his very last throw of the evening. Colton finished in 2nd place with a throw of 125-10. Bowman is on the verge of having a big break through as we expect to see him in the 140’s-150’s come WIC time!!
When the night finished, fans witnessed a dominating performance by The Wood. They won 6 events, set 4 meet records (1600, 1200, 1-1-2-4) (the 4th one was Noah Bise in LJ, but he was beat by the 1st place finisher on his last jump by .5 inches, coincidentally, the same distance he beat the school record by), and set 2 school records (1600 and LJ). This also marks the 3rd year in a row that The Wood has come away as the Champions of the Park Tudor invite!
Not ones for being satisfied on current accomplishments, as we will always push for more and better results, the Stangs will get back to work next week as they prepare to host one of the most powerful and fast invitationals in the state, the Mustang Invite. 13 schools, including, Pike, Jeffersonville, Evansville Mater Dei, North, South, Martinsville, will be showcasing their athletes at the Mustang track and field this coming Saturday! The Mustangs move to 14-1 on the season!