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School Records Fall Over Track Week; Eads Eyes 1A Tri League Track Meet in Holly

Thus far, the Eads track teams have not been able to get out on the track on a good weather day and, at the same time, have all their athletes present and firing on all cylinders.  If they did, according to head coach Stephanie Bohlander, “We would be in a better position to qualify our team for state.” 4x200 girls relay with Reagen Johnson handing off to Ally Spady.  Eads placed in 1:54.67 (Photo credit: Bob Schecter)But, luckily, despite wind and rain, some more wind, and commitments in other organizations, the Eagles managed to get some of the tracksters on the right “track” and had a decent showing in Swink at the Ray Headley Invitational last Thursday.  By Saturday at the Springfield Invitational, Eads had most of their athletes back and things were starting to jive.  “As always, the Springfield Meet didn't disappoint us.  All except one school record in our throwing events have been set in Springfield, and this week showed why,” stated Coach Bohlander.

The first school record that fell this week was in Swink as the girls’ 800M Sprint Medley Relay broke their old standard of 1:58.96 coming in second place to Springfield in 1:58.90.  Members of that team included freshman Ally Spady (100M leg), Miranda Mitchek (100M leg), Kaycee Ellenberger (200M leg), and Reagen Johnson (400M anchor leg).  According to Bohlander, “None of them were too excited about it as they lost to Springfield, BUT little gains and records broken make everyone happy the next day!”

In Swink, most performances had improved.  Individually, Morgyn Johnson cleared 4' 9” which was a personal best for her in the high jump.  She moved herself up into rankings with a 4th place finish.  Sister Reagen ran a good 400M time (not her personal best but best of the season) and worked her way into the top 5 in state rankings.  She would finish 4th in the 400M in a time of 1:05.78.  The jumpers struggled at the pit a bit, but got back into the competition by working out some kinks.  In the triple jump Eads placed three girls including Kaylee Wilson with a fourth place finish hitting a best for the day of 32’ even.  Mitchek and Morgyn Johnson came in 6th and 8th place, respectively, with jumps of 31’ 2.25” and 30’ 2.25. 
Zach Haase won the Triple Jump in a 43-00.75 performance, a new Eads school record (Photo credit: Bob Schecter)
Bohlander was very happy with the Eads throwers, “I think our throwers saw a boost in the shot put as most of our athletes threw season bests there.  Mariah Smith placed 7th in the shot with a 31’ 9.75” performance.  But her real competition came at dusk when Mariah, having trailed all competition to Heather Graham from Hugo in the discus, had to step up in the ring, deal with nerves, and throw her 121’ 9” for a personal best on the year and for the win! 

According to Bohlander, “That was such a huge confidence boost for her.  To make that throw under pressure, when everything was on the line, is a great step in the right direction for an athlete.  Emily (Gyurman) continues to improve too, and all she needs is one good throw...just one and she's in.  She's capable.  Colby is trying hard to get back on her feet after her injury, so we'll see where that leaves her and where she stands.”  

The only boy who scored points on the Eads boys’ track team is senior Zach Haase.  He continued to dominate in the triple jump in Swink with two jumps over 42 feet, showing him that whenever he needs to, even with a few weeks out of competition, he can hit the big jump.  He would win the event with a 42’ 2.75” best jump on the day.  He struggled somewhat in the Long Jump, but still hit a big enough jump, 20’ .75”, for second place.  Haase also had success on the track with a second place finish in the 400M in a time of 54.01 which put him in the state rankings in that events. Overall, Haase scored 26 points for Eads, good enough for a “team” 10th place finish.  Freshman Bradley Musgrave continues to improve in the throwing events but has not placed as of yet.
Morgan Johnson placed 5th with a 30-04.25 jump. (Photo credit: Bob Schecter)
The Eads throwers, in particular, had their best performances of the season in Springfield.  “When the wind blows in Baca County, our throwers rise to the occasion,” stated Bohlander.  Smith found a whole other level of talent in Springfield winning both the Shot Put and the Discus with season AND personal bests.  In the Discus the senior won with a 126’ 10” effort; and in the Shot Put, an event that had alluded her for the early part of the season, she threw an excellent distance of 34’ 11”.  “These two throws solidify a great ranking in the state for her,” stated Bohlander.   Emily Gyurman also rose up and threw a personal best of 31’ 2” in the shot put where she placed third.  Stoker managed to compete, as well, with a sixth place toss of 29’ 6” in the shot put.  Gyurman also gave Eads points in the Discus throwing 84’even, good enough for fifth place.

The Johnson girls both had season best marks in the High Jump with both of them clearing 4’ 9” and placing in 5th.  Plainview’s veteran high jumper, Lydia Splitter, had a good day, as well, placing third with a 4’ 10” accomplishment.  Morgyn Johnson was the only Eagle to place in the triple jump with a best effort of 30’ 4.25” and a 5th place finish.  Wilson and Mitchek were not at this meet.
On the track, the 4x200M Relay team ran 2 seconds better than their last effort at Swink.  Bohlander stated, “We were a lean away from taking the 1st place medal, but made huge gains this week in this relay. This next week at Holly we'll go after it again. Currently, we're seeded 3rd in the state by mere hundredths of seconds.”  Morgyn Johnson, Ellenberger, Reagen Johnson, and Spady ran a 1:54.67 time.  Spady and Ellenberger ran strong open 200's placing 4th and 5th respectively in times of 28.94 and 29.33.  Ellenberger also placed fifth in the 100M in a 13.78 time. Reagen Johnson ran a season-best time in 400M (65.22) and placed in 4th.  Of Johnson, Bohlander stated, “She learns a lot about her race each time she competes, so in the next two weeks, she could really be exciting in the 400.”
Kaycee Ellenberger placed 5th in the 200m dash in 29.33.  (Photo credit: Bob Schecter)
In the boys’ division at Springfield, Haase again was exceptional breaking a 28-year old record in the triple jump set by Neil Lane in 1990 at 42’ 8.75”.  That record looked to be impossible to break, but Haase let one go in Springfield that set a new standard over 43 feet as the new record is now set at 43’ .75”.  Haase’s mother, Duff Liebl, who was herself a great Eads track athlete and multiple state champion, was on the 1990 team and was present when Lane set the 1990 standard.  It was special for her to see her son be the one to find excellence in the Eagle record book.  Haase also placed 3rd in the long jump with a 20’ 2.5” effort.  On the track, Haase tried his hand at the 200M where he placed second in a time of 24.93.  Haase, alone, scored all of Eads’ 24 team points. 

Plainview athlete Alex Schmidt had a good showing in the grueling 400M with a 6th place finish in a time of 56.76.

“The next two weeks are huge for us as the rankings and weather change daily; we just need to lock and load and take care of business.  If we do that, there's no doubt in my mind that we'll be just fine.  Our goal isn't just to qualify, even though that's always the first step...it's to win.  So having solid practices, solid meets and competition is a must.  I told the kids at the beginning that this season is a process.  A process to become a better athlete, a process to become a better competitor, and a process to learn how to win on a big stage; all that takes time, practice, preparation, and confidence.  We're getting there.”

Eads will be in Holly on Saturday for the Tri League Track meet.

Photo Credit Bob Schecter
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