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Eads Track Hampered by Weather

In a sport that depends on each meet counting as a possible state qualifying performance, the area track athletes have felt their share of frustration as of late.  The wind, in particular, is a killer for track athletes because their times and distances won’t qualify if it is considered “wind-aided.”  Therefore, it has been nearly three weeks since a full Eads team has competed at a track meet.  This is frustrating to say the least, but Eads head coach Stephanie Bohlander understands that everyone is in the same situation and patience is definitely a virtue at this moment in the season.

On top of the weather, many area track athletes attended the four-day FBLA state convention in Vail so practices and meets have been nearly eliminated up to now. 

On Monday, at press time, Eads was at their first meet in three weeks and the girls’ 800 Sprint Medley Relay had already performed better than expected as they broke the school record set last year in the same event.  Monday’s relay time was 1:58.90 beating the old standard which stood at 1:58.96 from a year ago.  More information will come on this meet next week in the Independent.

On Thursday, only four athletes traveled to the La Junta Lady Tiger Invitational meet because most of the team was at FBLA.  Eads scored 11 points on the average day that, at the very least, gave the four who showed a little conditioning opportunity.

Placing at that meet were Miranda Mitchek who was 5th in the Long Jump with a best performance of 15’ 6”, and 8th in the Triple Jump with a 30’ 3” best effort.  Sophomore Morgyn Johnson placed 7th in the Triple Jump just edging out Mitchek with a 30’ 4” leap.  Johnson was just out of the money tying with her sister, Reagen Johnson, in the high jump.

Finally, senior leader Mariah Smith had an average day for her placing 4th with a 111’ 2” best effort in the discus.  The athletes who placed above her were all from 3A and 4A schools.

Coach Bohlander is excited to see some decent weather on the horizon and now, because of all the delays, the track team is about to get very, very busy.  They hope their long rest will allow them to be fresh in order to put in state qualifying performances.  Only time---and some good weather---will tell.

Mariah Smith throwing at the state meet a year ago.  Over the past week, Smith got in a little work despite terrible weather conditions causing many area track meets to be cancelled.  (Photo credit:  Lamar Ledger)

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