The Eads Girls’ Track team placed second behind Springfield at the 1A Invitational Track Meet in Limon over the weekend. The Boys’ team placed 8th behind Zach Haase’ exceptional performance in four different events. This meet is a good indication of the competition they will see at next weekend’s 1A State Track & Field Meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver. Eads will send 9 athletes to the state meet next week and they are gunning for some hardware.
But before we find out who qualified and in what event, let’s look at all the athletes who represented Eads throughout the season. Head Coach Stephanie Bohlander had quite a bit to say about every single athlete because she believes their hard work and dedication has been inspiring, whether they qualified for state or not.
We start with the Freshman:
Brad Musgrave continued to improve and learn a lot each week. He's gotten stronger and his experience this year will be key to his future success in the throwing ring. He threw some best marks, but didn't meet minimum marks for state.
Ally Spady is such a tough competitor. She's our anchor in sprint relays because she's that dog that will give whatever it takes to win. She's tough. She improved in her relays, and ran a strong 200M, but just didn't run hundredths fast enough to qualify. Her long jump, too, was just off.
Colby Stoker has finally found her stride after 3 weeks of knee issues, Colby came back to her normal form and threw herself into the shot put rankings! Her goal of State as a freshman is going to come true. Discus was a best throw too, but just out of the rankings. She's had to overcome some real physical adversity and she did it.
Kaycee Ellenberger is such a powerhouse for our relays; when she gets the baton, we make up ground and really go after teams. She ran great open races too, but was just a mere hundredth out of rankings, as well. We'll see what happens with scratches at the state level, but she'll be full up with the 3 relays.
Morgyn Johnson high jumped really well as she got to 4'10 and just missed by clipping her heels and calf once. But she will jump this weekend at JEFFCO! Her triple jump was short of the needed mark, but had a great season on that and made great improvements.
Miranda Mitchek struggled in the pits at Limon and didn't jump her best, but placed in both long and triple jumps. She battled through and made adjustments throughout the competition.
Kaylee Wilson didn't qualify in the long jump, but hit some key marks in triple and will qualify in that.
Reagen Johnson is nicknamed, “The Horse!” She ran her best in everything she did today. Reagen has gotten so much stronger this year and is a force. The team depends heavily on her legs in the relays and today she showed what she was made of by running herself into the open 400 rankings which is so tough and fast this year. She's 6th now in the rankings with a 63.34! The excitement for her was so contagious!
Emily Gyurman does things right and continues to improve. She works really hard and loves getting after it. She didn't throw the marks she needed to move on, but her season was a success....one year closer for her. She only picked up the shot and discus last year so for her to make such gains in two seasons is a big deal; it really tells you what she's like and what she's made of.
Zach Haase won both long jump and triple jump in Limon. He ran his season and career bests in 200M and 400M, but right now is 1/100th of a second out of 200M rankings! I was really proud of him on the track this year as watching him grow, mature, and get stronger from his freshman year has been a real pleasure as his coach. We are blessed to have Zach and our school/community is blessed to have him representing us.
For the first time, Mariah Smith will be throwing both shot put and discus at State! She has worked so hard on form and strength training and has really just been a forceful competitor. Out of 6 throws in discus, there was only 1 that was under 120"! That's a tough, consistently good competitor!
State qualifiers from Eads include Ally Spady in the 4x100M Relay, 4x200M Relay, 800M Spring Medley Relay;
Kaycee Ellenberger in the 4x100M Relay, 4x200M Relay, 800M Spring Medley Relay; Miranda Mitchek in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x100 Relay, 800M Sprint Medley Relay; Kaylee Wilson in the Triple Jump; Morgyn Johnson in the High Jump, 4x200M Relay; Reagen Johnson in the 4x100M Relay, 4x200M Relay, 800M Sprint Medley Relay, 400M Dash, High Jump; Mariah Smith in the Shot Put, Discus; Colby Stoker in the Shot Put.
Zach Haase in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Kit Carson will have the following track athletes at the state meet at Jeffco Stadium next week: Cordell Farmer in the Long Jump with a qualifying jump of 20’ 3.5”; Tess Hornung in both the Discus and Shot Put. She is 2nd in the shot put with a best throw of 38’ 2.75”. She sits 6th in the discus with her best being 107’. Olivia Isenbart also qualified in both the Discus and Shot Put. She is sitting in 7th place in each event.
Plainview senior Lydia Splitter is seeded 7th in the High Jump with her best jump t 4’ 11.
The heat sheets will be out this week and fans can catch all the action off of maxpreps.com.