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Eads Track Prepares for State Meet in Two Good Days of Competition

Since 2010 the Eads boys’ and girls’ track teams have broken quite a few longtime school records, and, ironically enough, if the throwing records have been set in Springfield, the running and jumping records have been set on the amazing facilities in Holly.  According to head coach Stephanie Bohlander, “It’s a fast track for us.” 
Senior Mariah Smith continues to dominate the discus with two championships over the past week.  (Photo credit: WildcatPridePhoto.com)Eads traveled to a couple of meets in Holly over the week including a make-up meet on Thursday.  They were pleasantly surprised early that they began the meet with gorgeous spring weather that lasted for most of the morning.  During that prime window of opportunity, they posted exceptional times and distances.  The throwers threw well as they were led by Mariah Smith who continued to dominate the discus winning it in 125’ and placing second in the shot put with a 35’ 11 mark.  Freshman Colby Stoker was back in good form getting a 5th place in the shot with a best 32’ 7.5 effort and 8th place in the discus throwing an 85’ 3.0 best. 

With the good weather still in play the 800M Sprint Medley team broke their own school record lowering the standard to a 1:57.95 for a second place finish behind Springfield.  The 4x100 relay placed second in a scorching 55.03 just behind nemesis Springfield who ran a 54.05. 

The jumpers were also on getting three athletes on the board including a phenomenal performance by junior Kaylee Wilson who won the event with a strong 32’ 1.75 effort.  Miranda Mitchek came in 2nd place with a 31’ 9.5 best mark, while Morgyn Johnson was fifth with a 31’ .75” effort.  The long jump pit was owned by Eads, as well, as three jumpers placed including Wilson in 3rd (14’ 11.75), Ally Spady in 4th (14’ 7.0), and Mitchek in 7th place (14’ 1).  Sisters Morgyn and Reagen Johnson held down the high jump pit placing 4th and 5th respectively with Morgyn going 4’ 8 and Reagen at 4’6. 
Morgyn Johnson gets over the high jump bar at 4’ 7” at Holly (Photo credit: Bob Schecter)
Bohlander explains, “Then, the wind and rain hit and our times were affected.  But, it was a Godsend that we were able to get this one re-scheduled. We also knew we'd be coming back on Saturday, so getting some kinks worked out early was key.”

By Saturday, Eads was back in Holly and this time they faced something new and unusual, “Saturday came and brought our first HOT meet.  We had to overcome a new adversity...heat and lack of wind.  Believe it or not, when you are used to 20 MPH wind and cool temps getting your body hydrated and learning to perform well in all weather conditions is something our kids have to learn...and we did well at this.”

According to Bohlander, “Morgyn Johnson had a great day.  She had 4 jumps in the triple jump that were over her season best (best jump of 31-10.75) and ran the best she's run all year in both relays.”  Eads was missing two of their key point earners in Mitchek and Wilson who were playing basketball in a tournament on the front range. 

The 4x100 relay lost to a few teams they wanted to beat, however, their time was the best of the season and it worked them from a 9th place to a 4th place ranking at the state level.  Bohlander was happy for them stating, “We really needed to run a decent time there as that relay was in danger of not qualifying.  Morgyn, Kaycee, Reagen, and Ally are great teammates to each other; they never quit on one another and give all they have for their team.  You could tell in this relay.  We had two rough exchanges to clean up here and as you know, in the 4x1, they have to be perfect.  Basically, you just have to get to state and run the race to see where you really are...anything can happen in this race.”
Kaycee Ellenberger (200M leg) hands off to anchor Reagen Johnson (400M leg) in the school record breaking 800M Sprint Medley Relay.  (Photo credit: WildctPridePhoto.com)
The 4x200 relay was spectacular as prior to Saturday their best time was 1:54.9 and they were seeded in 3rd at the state level.  But after their race on Saturday they left no question as who will be the team to beat as they were 1st with a 1:52.95; a time that is exactly 1 second off the 34-year school record set in 1984.  They beat the competition by nearly 20 meters and took two entire seconds off their previous time.  Bohlander observed, “We spent a lot of time together on this relay and exchanges this week.  They didn't want anyone to best them this time, so they took care of business by working very hard together.”  Team members are Spady, the Johnson sisters, and Ellenberger. 

Bohlander had high praise for her sprinters, “Ally Spady ran herself right into the 200 rankings bettering her time to 28.06 which.is a season best, and allowed our feisty freshman to see some self-confidence boosting accolades.  She and Kaycee and Reagen are just so strong; they run well and are very competitive.  It's rare for small schools to have 3, not to mention 4, strong relay legs, but we've got that.”

On Saturday, Smith had another championship in the discus and gets stronger each week.  This week she threw a 129’ 8.5 which is starting to get her out there to a state standard held by fellow Eagle Lori Weirich Elder at 133’ 3.5”.  On Saturday, Smith hit three strong throws and looked confident.  She would also place 3rd in the shot put with a 32’ 3.75 effort.  Stoker added a few points getting 6th in both the discus and the shot put.

The only Eads boy on the track team is Zach Haase, and, alone, the senior placed 8th in the team event.  In Holly he was stellar hitting another school record in the triple jump with an exceptional leap of 43’ 8.5”. The senior then turned around and won the long jump, as well, with a best jump of 21’ 4.25”.  He also put some time on the track placing 3rd in the 100M and 5th in the open quarter.  Then on Saturday, Haase stayed true to form and won both the triple and long jumps with less distance than on Thursday.  That might have to do with a double-header he played on Friday.  “Zach was pretty fatigued after Thursday's meet and his outstanding play on Friday in the kids' double header, so he didn't have a lot in the tank.  But, his long jump was still tough.”
Zach Haase broke the Eads school record in the triple jump for the second week in a row with a 43’ 8” leap in Holly.  (Photo credit: WildcatPridePhoto.com)
Eads will now go to Limon on Saturday for the much-anticipated 1A State Invitational.  According to Bohlander, “We will have a really good idea of where we stand after Saturday and how we add up.  It's great competition right before State.”

BOYS TRACK RESULTS
Holly Invitational, May 4, 2018
Rocky Ford 90, Springfield 89, South Baca 81, Holly 71, McClave 59, Cheyenne Wells 45, Kit Carson 38, Eads 30, Stratton 28, Las Animas 28, Granada 28, Walsh 20, Lamar 14, Wiley 10, Cheraw 3, Plainview 3, Crowley County NS

BOYS TRACK RESULTS
Tri-League Meet, May 5, 2018
Holly 118, Springfield 106, South-Baca 81, Cheyenne Wells 66, McClave 64, Granada 35, Kim/Branson 32, Kit Carson 28, Walsh 28, Wiley 21, Eads 20, Plainview 9, Cheraw 6

GIRLS TRACK RESULTS
Holly Invitational, May 4, 2018
Springfield 118, Eads 105, Holly 77, Wiley 67, McClave 42, Stratton 41, Kit Carson 39, Cheyenne Wells 37, South-Baca 28, Las Animas 26, Granada 23, Cheraw 19, Rocky Ford 10, Plainview 8, Lamar 7, Crowley County NS, Walsh NS

GIRLS TRACK RESULTS
Tri-League Meet, May 5, 2018
Springfield 132, Wiley 81, Holly 81, Eads 79, Kim/Branson 44, McClave 41, Kit Carson 39, Cheyenne Wells 38, Granada 33, South-Baca 24, Cheraw 12, Plainview 8, Walsh
 
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