Saturday morning proved to be a wonder weather day for the Annual Mustang Invitational.
13 teams competed in what was and will be on of the best invitationals in the state this year. In almost every single event, there was an athlete that will be competing in the state finals come June. It was a POWERFUL meet and also very FAST!!
In terms of our team, and how the Mustangs performed on the track and how they “hosted” this large team invitational, the Stangs were lights out!!! Our “workers” did a great job of handling the hurdles, ensuring blocks were where they needed to be, and just representing our school to the best of their ability. They did great!
On the track, the Stangs also came into the meet ready to COMPETE, and they did just that!
Starting the 4×8, Haskett got The Wood off to a roaring start. Unfortunately, the 2nd and 3rd legs did their job but allowed other schools to over take the lead that was created by Austin. Freshamn Aden Siek ran a fine 4th leg and the team was able to place 8th.
The 100 meter dash saw sophomore John McGlothlin qualify for the finals and PR on the season with a time of 11.10, strong enough for 6th place finish.
Liam Nelson and freshman Elliot Gough both competed in the 1600 meter race. Liam, battling some sickness, gritted out a 5:15.19. Elliot, for the 3rd meet in a row, was able to PR in the 1600 with a time of 5:26.69.
Our 4×1, missing 3 of the normal members, still put up a very tough effort and finished in the 10th spot with a time of 46.96. Again, missing 3 members, I thought Grant Raake, Joel Strickler, Ethan Hill and Drew Fletcher all did a great job and showed tremendous toughness.
The open 400 had an explosive finish with 5 athletes all going under 51 seconds. McGlothlin ran and placed 2nd, with a time of 50.42. Sophomore Izaiah Doering was able to PR in his trial of the 400, with a time of 57.75.
300 hurdles showcased senior Tyler Strcikland as he ran and won the event. Tyler sped to a time of 40.77, which is also a huge PR. The hurdles also saw Junior Nathan Bolin finish with a PR time of 43.52 and strong enough for a 6th place finish.
The 800 meter race showed great competition and the Stangs were able to have their freshman, Aden Siek run a 2:09.63. It also allowed Senior and first year runner, Spencer Thompson compete and run a 2:35.78.
The 3200 meter run saw Austin Haskett smash the competition by over 11 seconds with a time of 9:31.07, his all time PR.
The 4×4 team from EHS put together a strong race from start to finish and were able to get the baton around the track 4 times, faster than anyone else. They won the meet and finished with a time of 3:27.73, a season PR for them.
Colton Bowman was close to a all time PR and finished in 7th place in discus with a throw of 129-6.
Caleb Waugh and Rhyse Fenrenbach both had very nice days at pole vault also. Caleb set a new all time PR clearing 11 feet and earning a 3rd place finish! Rhyse, who has been missing some meets due to illness, was able to compete, score points and match a PR with a 10 foot jump and place 8th for the Stangs..
Noah Bise had a nice day. He was the 3rd leg of the 4×4, jumped 6-1 to finish 8th in HJ, and was able to put forth a strong effort in @ LJ with a jump of 21-9, to take first place in that event also. I think the coolest part of the day for Noah was being able to meet the gentleman who’s long jump record, which had stood for 43 years, Noah beat last weekend at the Park Tudor invitational. Noel Brinker, drove over 4 hours from Missouri, to come to the invitational, and meet Noah. Mr brinker made the drive early Saturday morning and stayed through the whole meet, just to have an opportunity to meet with, talk with and watch Noah compete. Mr Brinker also had the opportunity to address the team, after the meet was over. A lot of years I have been coaching and I am not sure that I have ever seen something so neat and so very inspiring as an “old track guy” making that long of a trip just so he could shake the hand of the young man who broke his record. It was a great way to end what had been an amazing day of competition.
The Stangs finished 4th in a very heavy hitter kind of meet and I was incredibly proud of their efforts. Not to mention, that for the first time in my career as the head coach that we were able to beat Bloomington North in a meet. That is a huge victory for our team as we make our march towards conference and the state series!