Saturday’s Mustang Invite was just the 4th time this season the Stangs have been able to run wild at a meet and although the weather was rainy and overcast, the Stangs used the opportunity to shine. The team finished 4th out of 9 teams and when the clouds broke away the boys from The Wood finished with 18 season PR’s.
The boys 4 x 8 team, A Gough, E Gough, J Kohne and J Stone set a season best with a time of 9:16.23. This is much improvement from a month ago and we are excited to see the growth continue in the next 2 weeks.
Zack Raake, junior and one of the team Captains, led the Stangs on the day with a fantastic performance. For the first time all season, Raake was tasked with running trials in the 100 and 200, then finals in both events as well as an open 400 and finishing his day with the team 4×4.
Raake set Pr’s in the 100 and was the Blue Ribbon winner (11.50) (PR) and finished just shy of a double win in the 200 (23.51 PR), losing to an athlete from Decatur Central by .01 hundredth of a second.
First year track runner and senior Brody Schaeffer also competed in the 100 meter dash and finished just shy of his season PR and ran a 12.17.
Senior standout and fellow team Captain Blake Love also completed and finished 4th in the 200 with the time of 24.08 (PR)
Raake went on to run a season PR in the 400 dash as he finished with a time of 51.86.
First year competitor, senior Zeke Powell had a season best time in the 400 also and ran a 57.43.
Senior team Captain Elliot Gough competed in the 8 and after running a PR in the 1600, and also after being the lead leg of the season PR effort from the 4×8 team. He ran a solid 2:08.75 and we start to align his events with the opportunities for him in conference. Also running in the 800 was Junior Elijah Gill. He also ran a season PR of 2:31.10.
This event saw Elliot Gough run a season PR of 4:44.43 and he held his own in a very competitive race against numerous worthy opponents, mainly from sectional combatants North and South.
This race also featured freshman Josh Kohne who was just shy of his season PR and ran a time of 5:20.26.
Featured sophomore Anthony Gough and junior Anthony Richardson.
Gough ran s strong race and was able to finish with a season PR time of 11:56.81.
Richardson was just shy of his PR, but had a race plan for the first 3 laps and executed that plan well and was able to finish 12:43.65.
Although neither of the Stangs that competed in the hurdles made it to the finals, both Freshman Richey Maloney and exciting newcomer, sophomore Aiden Ziliak raced strong races and set season PR’s. AZ 19.62 and RM 22.50. Ziliak has knocked more than 2 seconds off his time since his first race of the season and Maloney has also pushed a 2 second decrease since his first race of the season. Very impressive for 2 young hurdlers!!
Although they did not make the finals, there is a good chance that they raced against 2 state qualifiers in athletes from Castle and B South. A great experience for them.
Again, AZ and Maloney found themselves running against very good competition and although Maloney was just shy of his season PR he ran a good race and for the 2nd meet in a row attacked the hurdles and developed. AZ had a huge 1+ second PR in the 300’s and has really started to come on strong as he PR’d with a time of 45.24.
The team of team Captain Andrew Blessinger, fellow senior Quintin Fortier, first year senior Brody Schaeffer, and senior Captain Blake Love were just shy of a season PR which would have been the 2nd consecutive meet performing their best. Less than .5 of a second stood away from their season PR but a less than stealthy handoff at the first split led to a slight delay. Fortier was able to gather and continued the baton’s path around the track. The team finished in 4th place overall and there is much to be excited for as they continue to fines and perfect the craft that is the 4×1.
Again, led by senior leader Andrew Blessinger, fellow senior and first year track head, Zeke Powell, junior Justin Stone and junior Zack Raake, the Stangs ran a season best of 3:48.55. Although this is an improvement and we are celebrating that, we also know that this is not the time we expect our 4×4 team to be running. This group has worked hard and knows the challenges in front of them as we progress towards conference and the state series.
“The throws” as they are affectionately referred to had a solid day.
Senior Kyle Goble and fellow senior and Team Captain Chris Bitner saw very good competition and there is a good chance that they saw 1 if not 2 athletes that could end up in the state meet.
Goble chucked the shot 43’4 and was able to secure a 4th finish.
Freshman stud Chris Davis performed well and increased his season PR to 41’7 which was also strong enough for 6th place finish.
Bitner was shy of his season PR and was just on the outside looking in on the finals as his toss of 111’8 was good enough for 11th place. Junior Elliot Buehl competed and was also just shy of a season PR with a toss of 106’3.
Senior Blake Love was able to finish in 3rd place and also set a season PR with a jump of 20’8. Fellow senior “Q” (Fortier) also set a season PR with a jump of 17’8.
High Jump saw both first year seniors, Landon Ringler and Zeke Powell perform wonderfully as both set season PR’s with jumps of 5’4 (ZP) and 5’10 (LR).
Although freshman Drew Bell and junior Houston Byrd did not clear a height, we are hopeful the experience that was gained from being around the level of competition they faced will help them understand and handle the stress and grind as we approach the conference meet.