Underdog Stangs use gritty, dominating performance to defend their Title @ Park Tudor Relays
Friday morning displayed gray tones throughout the skies, toting along with it were clouds filled with rain that came pouring down. After a wet and cold start to the day, the Mustangs from the Wood turned the temperature to MAX level HEAT at Park Tudor High School during the Park Tudor Showcase.
Winning 6 of the 13 events on the evening, the Stangs arrived @ Park Tudor prepared to compete and delivered knockout blows event after event. What started as a 15 team invitational quickly turned into a 2 horse race, as the Raiders from Cardinal Ritter battled with the Mustangs for supremacy!
Getting started on the right foot, Edgewoods 4×4 team of Z Raake, Bolin, Doering, McGlothlin started the meet with a victory! A season PR od 3:35.67 was more than 2 seconds faster than the next best team and started the night off with 10 points for the Stangs.
The 1600 meter & 1200 meter run watched as senior Austin Haskett continued his dominance at this meet, winning both events in some-what easy fashion. Last year, Haskett set the records in both of these events. This year didnt need the fortitude displayed last year by Haskett, yet he still ran well and was able to win both races in strong fashion. Liam Nelson was just out of reach of PR in the 1600 for a 9th place finish and the 1200 displayed sophomore Elliot Gough and a 6th place finish with a time of 3:39.47.
The relay teams, 4×1 and the 1-1-2-4 sprint relays, showcased the speed the Stangs have in the stable as they were able to finish 2nd and 1st respectfully. The team of G Raake, Z Raake, Bland, and Curtis ran a season PR of 46.30 and finished in 2nd place behind the speedster team from Ritter, who finished 1st with a time of 43.93. The team of G Raake, Curtis, Z Raake, and McGlothlin finished in 1st place with a time of 1:37.10, which was less than 1.7 seconds slower than the meet record which was set in 2018 by the boys from The Wood (E.Hill,C.Hall, R.Hiatt, J.McGlothlin).
The 400 and 800 meter runs saw 2 lads from Edgewood run great races. John McGlothlin defended his title as the 400 champion with a meet record run of 49.54, while sophomore Aden Siek improved upon his 2018 performance in the 800 (5th place finish) and ran a CAREER PR of 2:06.81 for a 3rd place finish!
Nathan Bolin and junior Jackson Ludlow led a 2-8 punch in the 300 hurdles. Senior Nate Bolin was in range of his PR and was literally hundreths of a second off of his PR and raced to a 2nd place finish with a time of 43.86. One and a half years removed from the hurdles, Ludlow, stepped up for the team and competed in a race that he had not done since 2017, as a freshman, also, 25 pounds lighter. He displayed crazy fortitude and was strong enough to place 8th in the race with a very respectful time of 48.12.
The throws team of Welty and O’Connor contributed to the team and earned points in both events. Senior Welty and junior O’Connor earned .5 points as they tied for 8th place in the discus throw with a toss of 106’9. Welty also earned a 3rd place finish in the shot with with a heave of 43’5.
Senior David Brown had a phenomenal evening. The 4 year Mustang track athlete jumped a CAREER PR in HJ and lept 6’4, which was also a Park Tudor Relay meet record. That was also strong enough for a 1st place finish which was 1 seed better than his projected seed.
He also jumped a PR in the LJ with a jump of 22’3, which is the 2nd best jump in EHS history, one inch short of current record holder Noah Bise.
The 4×8 was the last event of the evening and again, proved that the Mustangs would not settle for their seeded place or time. Seeded in the 7th position, the Stangs had everything to go for as it still was not determined how the top 2 spots were going to be awarded. The team of Siek, Doering, Roland and Haskett, ran a 9:00.75, which was 2 places better than they were seeded and finished in 5th place.
On an evening where the Stangs were seeded to be 2nd place, athlete after athlete stepped up for the team and absolutely performed at an elite level! Jackson Ludlow, Nathan Bloin, Haskett, McGlothlin, are just a few of the names that rise to the top of athletes that were instrumental in the defense of the Park Tudor Relays trophy! The effort and fortitude displayed by the Stangs on Friday evening was a fantastic performance and very praise worthy!
With approx. 3 weeks until the WIC, the Stangs will look to keep everyone healthy and the eye on the prize of defending the WIC Championship!