What a night to be a Mustang!! The Stangs unleashed the stables and made a decisive statement to the rest of the Mens WIC Field with a dominating 40+ point win over the next best team, the 2nd place Knights from Northview.
The night started strong with the EHS 4×8 team placing 1 seed higher than there were forecasted to. With a time of 9:15.68, the team of Nate Bolin, Izaiah Doering, Liam Nelson and Aden Siek, finished in 6th place and started the night off on the right foot.
Following the 4×8 were the trials for the 110 hurdles, the 100 and the 200 meter dashes.
Again, the Stangs were ready to run. Tyler Strickland was able to make it to the finals in the high hurdles and finished with a time of 15.96 and a 4th place finish in the finals. Senior Joel Strickler also competed well but was just shy of making the finals for The Wood. He missed the finals by .4 tenths of a second.
The 100 meter dash had both sprinters from EHS making the finals. Cole Hall was seeded not to make the finals but would not let that stop him from competing and running a 11.92 to finish in 6th place for the Stangs. Sophomore John McGlothlin led the Mustangs and finished in 2nd place with a time of 11.19. John was about the only competition even close the Stud Ethan Roach from West Vigo. Roach has dominated the WIC for the last few years, as he has won the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash for the last 3 seasons. He won the 100 with a time of 10.86.
The 200 meter dash saw Senior Ryan Hiatt pull up from finishing the race so he could save himself and his hamstring for the highly contested 4×1 race. Ethan Hill had a great start in the 200 trials and was able to better that time in the finals as he finished with a 2nd place ribbon and a blazing time of 22.75, only losing to the above mentioned Roach, who ran a 21.82. The 3rd place finisher had a time of 23.93, over 1 second slower than Hill and 2 seconds slower than Roach!
The 4×1 relay was a very cool race to watch. 4th seeded North Putnam came away with the win as the Stangs got buried early on and had to dig out of the hole. Some less than ideal handoffs and a small trip all led to the Mustangs (Hiatt-Hall-Curtis-Hill) finishing 2nd with a time of 44.74.
John McGlothlin came out with his mind made up that he was going to beat the 400 meter favorite from Cascade and do so while breaking the school record. Boy, oh boy, he did not disappoint!! The sophomore ran a strong and very fast race, leading from start to finish, winning by .2 tenths of a second and also while destroying the old 400 school record by .7 tenths of a second.
The 300 hurdles showcased 2 Stangs. Tyler Strickland and Junior Nathan Bolin did their thing and ran good races. Nate was just on the outside looking in on the final 8 as he missed scoring for the Stangs by .4 seconds. Tyler ran a nice race and was strong enough to finish in 3rd place with a time of 41.45. Both hurdle races were exponentially more difficult this year than last year! Our conference has gotten stronger and the athletes have really stepped up and increased their speed and decreasing their time. For example, last years winning time in the 110 high hurdles would have been fast enough to place 4th in this years meet!
In the Pole Vault, both Stangs started out strong but Senior Rhys Fehrenbach had to withdraw at 9-6 because of a sore wrist! Junior Caleb Waugh had a nice evening and tied his PR of 11-0. Caleb has been very consistent all season and we very much look forward to seeing him PR in sectionals.
Noah Bise had a great evening. Not only did he win the long jump, the high jump and was a member on the winning 4×4 team, but he did so in convincing fashion. Bise was able to clear 6-1 and looked as though he was well on his way to tying his season PR of 6-2. Noah also competed well in the long jump and only needed his 2nd jump to hit the winning distance of a 21-9. Bise also ran a very fast, almost sub 50 3rd leg of the 4×4. Noah had an awesome night and very much helped contribute to the dominating team win!!!
Colton Bowman did his job in the discus with a toss of 124-7 and a 3rd place finish. Colton was hoping to break the 130 foot barrier, but came up just a few feet short of that goal. Colton will have another opportunity to increase that PR at sectionals!
If the night belonged to the Stangs, then a good portion of that credit would most certainly belong to Junior Austin Haskett. Haskett was tasked with competing in the dreaded distance 3, the 1600, the 800, and the 3200. This was done so we could maximize potential points. At first, Haskett was a bit reluctant, but was able to wrap his mind around it and put forth a great effort. Austin started off strong in the 1600 and essentially led start to finish in that race. At one point, with 1 lap to go and knowing that he still had 2 tough races ahead of him, we were screaming at him to back off a bit, and conserve some energy. I dont think he listened. He won the 1600 with a time of 4:28.29, one second off the conference meet record! He then turned around and ran the open 800. This race proved to be more difficult of a task, as he and 2 runners from Brown County competed the whole time. Austin was able to finish with enough of a kick to beat out the 2 Eagles and Austin finished with a time of 1:58.01 and another conference championship. In his last race of the night, the 3200, Austin, literally, just finished the 800, had enough time to grab a quick drink and walk down to the clerk are for the 3200. The goal the whole time was for him to get out in front, control the speed of the race and slow it down. Austin executed this plan to a T. He allowed the runner from BC to take the lead and Austin just hung back and worked off of him. When the time got near the end, Austin does what he does and pulled away, creating separation and winning the 3200 with a time of 10:05.10 and by more than 5 seconds from the 2nd place Eagle. A triple distance trifecta for the Junior and one of the best runners in the state!!!
The final event of the night was probably one of the best races I have ever seen. The 4×4 has been talked about the entire season, including indoor season. The team from Cascade, previously unbeaten, has had a dominating season. They placed 1st in the small school state meet in March, have gone on to numerous invites and relays and are considered to be one of the best in the state, regardless to size of school. Our boys relay team, also very competitive and fearless, was up for the challenge and every bit of energy was needed as the race came down to the the thousandths, 3 of them. Ethan Hill ran an excellent first leg and placed the team in a position to compete for a championship. Tyler Strickland also ran a good leg (although he probably felt like he did not) and kept us right in the mix with the team from Cascade. Noah Bise, fresh off his win in HJ and closing in on the win @ LJ had a blazing fast 3rd leg and set up our anchor, John McGlothlin, to have a chance to win the race. John battled back and forth with the runner from Cascade. At one point, and I dont know if he did this on purpose or not, but as John moved in to get in front of the runner from Cascade, he did so right at the turn and caused the runner from Cascade to try to pass John on the outside of the turn. This is a huge no no in Track and Field and it caused the runner from Cascade to have to take extra steps and therefore sealing their fate as the 2nd place finisher, by .03 thousandths of a second. The winning time was a 3:23.70.
It should be noted that we expect to see both of these teams at the State meet at the end of the season! Both teams are very good, have tough kids and will absolutely be looking to prove to everyone else in the state that the WIC is no joke!!!!