The Eads boys’ and girls’ track teams traveled to La Junta to the Tiger Relays on Friday. The girls came away with an impressive meet championship blowing away the second place Rocky Ford crew by nearly 30 points. In the process, they brought home seven meet titles.
According to head coach Stephanie Bohlander, “I’m so proud and excited for our kids --- all of them. But the girls, especially, as a team figured out how much fun they can have together and how tough across the board they can be. They are hungry and it’s a group that likes to win; they’re willing to put it on the line to win. It was a just a fun day.”
The Eads girls are experienced and, according to Bohlander, had a number of distractions including the rainy weather, close quarters, and a different event schedule, to deal with. It didn’t seem to bother them as most of the girls set personal bests for the early season.
Eads took home a lot of gold from the field events as Kaylee Wilson was a double champion in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. She hit a personal best in the Long Jump with a 15’ 10.5” effort. That standard has her currently ranked second in 1A. She also was stellar in the Triple Jump with a winning jump of 32’.
“Kaylee jumped another personal best in long jump beating everyone out, and in Triple Jump too had perfect marks, great execution through her phases, and lots of grit to win both events.”
Sophomore Colby Stoker keeps getting better in the throws leading the Eads group with a 5th place finish in the Discus with a 94’ 8” effort. She would then work her way to a title in the Shot Put with an impressive 34’ 8” throw. Freshman Kyra Sheridan grabbed some team points placing 7th in the Shot Put with a 32’ 1” effort; her best thus far.
The Eads girls used the sprint events to gain a large amount of points. Junior Kaycee Ellenberger won the 100M sprint in 13.39; sophomore Ally Spady won the 200M in a winning time of 28.21; and senior Reagen Johnson placed 4th in the 400M race putting in a decent performance of 1:07.85. Bohlander was very happy with her sprinters’ performances, “They all had super starts and were able to keep the edge through whole race. In one week, they made that much of a gain, so it just goes to show what they’ll be capable of in May.”
Freshman Rhealie Rittgers had a nice run in the two-mile placing fifth with a personal best of 14:25.60. Bohlander is impressed with Rittgers stating, “Rhealie was huge in the two-mile taking almost 40 seconds off in one week of the 3200. She’s finding her groove and so willing to go after that race; nothing will hold her back.”
Brooklynn Jones, in her first time back in the hurdles since her sophomore year placed a strong sixth with an 18.93. Bohlander said of her only hurdler, “Jones ran a good hurdles race for first of season. For laying out a season that’s a hard race to attack but she’s the one to do it. She’ll be a force as season progresses.”
The relays also brought Eads a wealth of team points as the 4x100M Relay and the 4x200M Relay both placed first. The 800M Sprint Medley placed third. All three teams improved their season times.
The 4x100 team came in with a 54:35 and includes members Johnson, Jones, Ellenberger, and Spady. According to Bohlander, “They ran a season best and looked so smooth together. We changed our order a bit from week one and it was for the best.”
The 4x200 team ran a 1:55.12 and also features Jones, Wilson, Ellenberger, and Spady. Bohlander described their progress, “They ran two seconds better than in the Lamar meet and really showed smooth exchanges. They’d worked hard on their exchanges but with picture day, field trips, and other events this past week, it was hit and miss. So, we were pleased with the exchanges and how well they meshed.”
The 800 Sprint Medley crew consists of Crystal Watson, Jones, Spady, and Johnson. According to Bohlander, “They ran a 2:01 which was 4 seconds better than week one. Again, exchanges were smooth. Crystal had a great opening leg and then it just continued from there. Ally was a beast in the 200 leg all day, so when Reagen got the baton we were on a PR pace. Springfield has an amazing anchor leg in Ellis, but Reagen goes after it hard and by May, will be where we need to be.”
Only a handful of Eads boys competed in the meet at La Junta as there was a baseball game that took away the numerous dual participants. Brad Musgrave threw for Eads in the Shot Put and Discus but did not place. Freshmen Ty Wilson, Will Crow, and Levi Johnson ran the mile and had about the same times as the week before.
However, senior middle-distance runner Blake Stoker had a good 800M placing fourth in a tough field. “Stoker ran beautifully. He’s a pretty runner and is focused on that race.”
Overall, the Eads track program continued to improve at the La Junta meet. Bohlander wrapped it up by stating, “They competed at every turn, put forth their absolute best for one another, and were willing to go the distance to win. There were good athletes there that pushed our kids hard, and I was so impressed with our determination and fortitude.”
Photo 1: Senior Kaylee Wilson controlled the jumping events at the La Junta Tiger Relays on Friday as she won the Long Jump and Triple Jump events. - Photo Credit Wilson Photography
Photo 2: Sophomore Colby Stoker won the shot put at the La Junta Tiger Relays on Friday. - Photo Credit Glenda Stoker
Photo 3: Crystal Watson hands off to Brooklynn Jones during 800M Sprint Relay action on Friday in La Junta. - Photo Credit Wilson Photography
Photo 4: Senior Blake Stoker was the only Eads boy to score points in La Junta. Stoker placed fourth in the 800M run. Photo Credit Glenda Stoker