Nearly 40 teams were on hand for one of the largest all-classification track meets in the region on Thursday as the La Junta Tiger Relays dragged on into the darkness of evening as competitors battled to finish strong in their given track & field events. The Eads boys placed in 13th and the Eads girls’ team were 9th with just one 1A team in front of them, and that being Springfield.
According to head coach Stephanie Bohlander, the La Junta meet was a difficult one for the Eads athletes as prevailing cold weather and nagging leg and hip soreness was the name of the game for many of the athletes. “We know it takes a few weeks to get in the groove and train into the season. Minor leg and pain issues made our day shorter than expected but what we did we went after it.”
Zach Haase is the face of the boys’ track team and was a huge force in the jumping pit during the day. “Zach continues to jump at the highest competitive level. He lost to a 4A jumper from Pueblo West by two inches.” Bohlander is referring to Haase’s performance in the long jump where he came in second with a strong 21’ 4 best effort. The winner was from 4A Pueblo West. A couple of other area jumpers were in the action alongside Haase, including Kit Carson’s Cordell Farmer who placed 4th in the long jump with 20’ 3 best; and Quade Pelton from Cheyenne Wells placed sixth jumping 19’ 0.
The same scenario occurred in the triple jump as Haase, again, placed as the runner-up, this time behind Lenz from Sanford. The Eads senior would fly to a 41’ 3 performance bettering his overall showing. Cheyenne Wells’ Noah Scheimer came in fourth place in the triple jump with a good 40’ 2.5 jump.
Mariah Smith won her second championship in as many meets in the discus competition that saw the throwers going into the evening hours. The senior stepped up and continues to perform exceedingly well with a 118’ 11 championship throw. Olivia Isenbart from Kit Carson placed 6th in the discus behind Smith with a 97’ 7 effort. The next best performance for Eads was by Emily Gyurman who was just out of the discus money in 9th place out of a field of over 80 throwers hitting a best 86’ 9.
Kit Carson’s Tess Hornung and Olivia Isenbart placed third and fifth respectively in the shot put hitting very respectable throws of 34’ 8 and 32’ 0. Eads has a little freshman shot put thrower in Colby Stoker who was just out of the money in 9th place hitting a 30’ 6 best and despite throwing in poor weather conditions.
Miranda Mitchek got on track in the triple jump placing second with an excellent performance of 32’ 1.5”. According to Bohlander, “Miranda finally got solid marks and triple jumped well.” Another solid performance came from sophomore Morgyn Johnson who would place 5th with a 30’ 6.75” effort in the highly competitive jumping arena.
Eads only managed to place two relays in the money due to the irritating injuries that are somewhat plaguing the team. However, the 4x100M relay team came in 6th in a time of 55.34 with Mitchek taking the first leg, Kaycee Ellenberger running second, Reagen Johnson takes the third leg, and freshman Ally Spady brings it all home. The 800M Sprint Medley relay team consists of Spady and Ellenberger who run the 100M sprint legs, Mitchek in the 200M leg, and Kaylee Wilson in the quarter. Their time was better at 2:01.99, an improvement of 4 seconds, and they were only beaten by larger schools.
The track team will be on the road twice this week as they travel first to Cheyenne Wells on Friday, April 6th and then to the very competitive Limon Invitational on Saturday, April 7th. Bohlander hopes her athletes will be healed and ready to go. “We will be stronger even next week with the lessons and strength gained.”
EADS GIRLS TRACK TEAM RESULTS – La Junta Relays
Alamosa 112, Pueblo West 60, Lamar 45, Springfield 42, Del Norte 40, Fowler 39, Genoa-Hugo 33, Centauri 32, Eads (9th) 30, Crowley County 24, Hoehne 24, Cotopaxi 24, Swink 23, La Junta 20, Center 17, Kim/Branson 16, Rocky Ford 16, McClave (18th) 15, Kit Carson (19th) 13, Custer County 13, Granada (21st) 11, Trinidad 10, Primero 10, Wiley (24th) 10, Lewis-Palmer 9, Cheyenne Wells (26th), 1, Sierra Grande 1, Sanford 1, Mancos NS, La Veta NS, Walsh NS, Las Animas NS, Moffat NS, Plainview NS, Centennial NS, Cheraw NS, South Baca NS, Ellicott NS
EADS BOYS TRACK TEAM RESULTS – La Junta Relays
Pueblo West 85, Alamosa 81, Hoehne 69, La Junta 55, Rocky Ford 50, Cotopaxi 42, Lamar 38, Ellicott 37, Centauri 32, Sanford 28, Crowley County 25, Cheyenne Wells (12th) 16, Eads (13th) 16, Custer County 15, Mancos 15,, South Baca 12, Springfield 10, Lewis-Palmer 8, Kit Carson (19th) 5, La Veta 4, Del Norte 4, Fowler 3, Trinidad 3, Genoa-Hugo 3, Las Animas 3, Wiley (26th) 2, Granada 2, Primero NS, Swink NS, Kim/Branson NS, Moffat NS, Walsh NS, Centennial NS, Plainview NS, McClave NS, Sierra Grande NS, Center NS, Cheraw NS.
Photo Credit: Glenda Stoker and Duff Haase. To view captions/credit hover over photos.