Bloomington North and Bloomington South have dominated the sectionals since 1998.
Since that time, no other team has placed better than 3rd in this sectional, with Edgewood placing there numerous times, including the previous 2 seasons. The last time that anyone other than those 2 schools won the sectional would require you to go back to 1986, when Seymour was able to pull it off.
They say close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades……..Well, Thursday night the Stangs got as close as any team has been in the last 20 years to have a team not named Bloomington North or Bloomington South to win a sectional championship in the one class Track & Feild sectional championship. The Wood finished in 2nd place with 130 points, losing only to Bloomington South who scored 144. A 14 point deficit is a very close track meet, especially at this level.
The 4 x 8 team of Bolin, Nelson, Doering, and Siek PR’d as a team and finished in 8th place.
The 100 meter dash saw 2 of the Stangs finish in the top 4 as John McGlothlin and Ethan Hill ran very well. Both also set new PR times in that race! John will be advancing to Regionals.
The 110 hurdles showcased senior Tyler Strcikland and Joel Strickler, who both placed in the top 6 also had great runs. Tyler will be advancing to the Regionals this week in this event.
Ethan Hill ran a very competitive race in the 200 meter dash and ran away with a sectional championship, in a time of 22.74. He qualified for regionals this week.
The 1600 meter run watched as Junior running phenom Austin Haskett was able to out kick the 2nd place finisher. Austin ran a time of 4:17.43 and was also the Sectional champion. He will advance. Liam Nelson also had a solid run and finished in 12th.
The boys 4×1 team placed 2nd in the sectional and advance to the regionals this week. They ran a time of 44.03 and lost to Martinsville, who ran a time of 44.02.
John McGlothlin had enough in the tank to finish in 3rd place in the open 400. This will be a very competitive race in regionals and John will look to bounce back and take the dub in regionals. Izaiah Doering also ran a nice 400 and PR’d with a time of 57.21.
The 300 hurdles saw Tyler Strickland and junior Nathan Bolin run very competitive races and both placed and scored points for the Mustangs. Tyler was the sectional champion with a time of 40.65 and advanced to regionals.
Aden Siek and Madison Ingram were the 2 open 800 meter runners for the Stangs. Both ran good races but were not fortunate enough to advance.
Austin Haskett stayed in the winning lane in the 3200 meter run as he ran a time of 9:39.94 and won by over 3 seconds. Freshman Elliot Gough also had a great run and finished his 2 mile in 12:23.98, good enough for 18th and a MONSTER pr.
The 4×4 team had enough gas left in the tank to qualify for regionals. With some guys doubling up and running extra events in an attempt to spoil the championship for South, we had some tired horses. Fortunately, we advanced and will improve our time at regionals.
Senior stud Noah Bise and junior jumper David Brown had HUGE nights. Noah is the sectional champion in the long jump and David is the sectional champion in the high jump. Both young men complimented each other as they placed 2nd in the other jumping event. I can not tell you the last time a team went 1-2 in both jumps, with the same 2 kids. This is a rare occasion and shows how focused our boys were on competing. Noah tied his PR in HJ and David set a new PR in LJ. A great showing! Both of these guys advanced to regionals and will look to continue their high level jumping.
Colton Bowman is the final Mustang to advance to regionals. He was just shy of his PR on the season and finished in 4th place overall. In part, because our sectional is so competitve, Coltons mark would have been big enough to win 2 other sectioanls, therefore he was called back and will have one more chance to compete at regionals.
Rhys Fehrenbach had a great night, setting a new PR in PV with a jump of 10-6, but that mark was not strong enough to advance another week.
When the dust settled, the Stangs had 6 Sectional Champions!!!!
Austin Haskett in the 1600 and the 3200.
Ethan Hill in the 200.
Tyler Strickland in the 300 hurdles.
Noah Bise in Long Jump.
David Brown in the High Jump.
We also have student-athletes competing in 12 of the 16 events at the Regionals this week. The athletes are listed below and now the goal is advancing as many of our relay teams and individuals to the STATE MEET!!!
N Bise—LJ-HJ-4×4 relay
N. Bolin–300 hurdles–alternate 4×4 relay
C Curtis–4×1 relay
I Doering–alternate 4×4 relay
D Fletcher–alternate 4×1 relay
C Hall–4×1 relay
R Hiatt–4×1 relay
E Hill–200–4×1 relay–4×4 relay
J McGlothlin–400–4×1 relay alternate–4×4 relay
G Raake–4×1 relay alternate
T Strickland–110 hurdles–300 hurdles–4×4 relay