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.
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.”
Eads knew going into Friday’s District 3 championship round that they had to win the whole thing to be able to advance to the State Regional tournament, the Elite Eight, located in Denver next week. Last year, Eads was in the same situation having to play Cheyenne Wells in the District Championship game, and losing to the dominating Tigers. However, last year they were not subjected to the some would say unfair RPI rules that are in place this year. So, even though Eads lost a year ago in the championship, they still advanced to the Elite Eight round. This year, in the same scenario, the RPI debacle ended Eads’ run after they lost in the District 3 championship game on Friday afternoon, 13-3, to Holly. The loaded Wildcats will be the only team from the area to advance.
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.”
The Eads Baseball schedule saved the best for last including two tough games with Springfield and Holly over the past week. Both teams have virtually mowed down their competition within and out of the conference. Eads would get a strong 5-2 win over Springfield, but fell apart midway in the game at Holly eventually losing, 11-1. The loss handed Holly the top spot in the upcoming District 3 Tournament to be held in Las Animas this week. Eads will have a bye in the first round, based on their runner-up finish, but will have to take on Springfield to get into the championship game on the same day. The District 2 finals will be held in Las Animas on Friday.