Stephanie Bohlander has been at the helm for Eads High School Track & Field for many years. Last year the entire season was cancelled and Bohlander found herself severely disappointed as Eads had the potential for an amazing track season for both the girls and boys’ divisions. But that was then and finally after two years the Eagles are now back on the track and in the pits.
Bohlander says, “Our first full weekend was a hot one in many regards. Hot days, hot times and smoking jumps and throws. We had a good feeling going into this weekend but just needed to know exactly where we stood. We came out with a bang in all events and had great energy all around.”
Bohlander, who is the athletes’ biggest fan, continued, “We posted good first week times and distances. Of course, we have a lot of room for growth, but now we know the little things to focus on. It’s the little things now that we can focus on over the next five weeks to perfect the events.”
The girls’ and boys’ teams traveled to two meets over the past week starting out at the Ray Headley Meet in Swink on Friday, May 7, and then finishing up on the nice facility in Holly during the Holly Invitational on Saturday, May 8.
The boys’ team placed 6th overall out of 26 teams in Swink and 9th overall out of 15 teams in Holly. Limon, a powerhouse 2A school, won the Swink meet with 127 points. Eads was the top 1A team with 39 points. Lamar won the Holly meet with 148 points. The Eagles lacking most of their team because of their home opener in Baseball on the same day, tallied 26 points.
The Eagle girls placed 4th out of 26 teams in the Swink Meet and 5th out of 15 teams in Holly. Again, it was 2A Limon who won the Ray Headley meet with 81 points. The Eagles racked up 59 points and was the top 1A finisher. In Holly, a strong McClave group of girls won the meet scoring 115 points. Eads would have 63 on the day.
Some of the highlights for Eads Track & Field happened at the throwing pit where senior Colby Stoker and junior Kyra Sheridan presented a one-two knock out punch for the competition. Both girls began the season by posting personal bests in the shot put and the discus. Senior Brad Musgrave joined the two throwers in getting his personal best, as well, placing 5th place in Swink throwing 38’ 3.5” and was also 5th in Holly with a throw of 38’ 10.5”.
Stoker came roaring out of the gates in Swink beating the 32-person field by more than six feet in the Discus. Her 99’ throw was the best of the day. Stoker and Sheridan teamed up in the Shot Put grabbing the gold and silver medals out of a field of 34 throwers. Stoker had a best 35’ 3.5” while Sheridan came through with a 34’ 5.5 best attempt.
Stoker was second in Holly in the Discus throwing a 105’ 2” but would lose to nemesis Alissa Hebberd from South Baca who threw the disc 114’. But no one, at least this weekend, had the Shot Put strength of both Stoker and Sheridan as the duo again went gold and silver in Holly. Stoker threw 37’ 7.5” and Sheridan was right behind her with a best throw of 36’ 6.5”.
Sophomore Maggie Haase controlled the jumping events for Eads winning both the High Jump and the Triple Jump in Swink and Holly. Haase, who was a freshman when the 2020 season was cancelled, won double championships in her first ever high school track meet. Haase won the High Jump in Swink with a best 4’ 11” effort and the Triple Jump going an impressive 34’ 3”.
Haase continued to dominate the jumping events on Saturday in Holly as she improved substantially in the High Jump winning it again with a jump of 5’ 1”. She also won the Triple Jump for the second day in a row with a 32’ 10.75” leap.
For the boys it was seniors Damien Barnes and Joe Haase who found great success in the jumping pits on Friday in Swink. Bohlander was impressed with the two saying, “They both really jumped well for the first time out.”
At Swink Barnes placed 3rd in the Long Jump with a best 20’ 6.75” but won the Triple Jump with a very impressive start at 41’ 2”. Haase was fourth in the Triple Jump with a 38’ 9.25” best performance.
The boys’ 4x100M relay and 4x200M relay teams were fun to watch. The two relays feature Barnes and Haase as well as freshman Porter Spady and senior Hatch Nelson. Bohlander was also impressed saying, “They are really fun to watch. They’ll get faster and smoother in exchanges, but really busted those races open. When you run against the best in 2A and 3A like a Limon, and you’re neck-and-neck with them, you’re running well.”
In Swink the 4x100 Relay placed third in a time of 47.15. Their 4x200M relay was 2nd with 1:39.99 time. Eads would win the 4x100 Relay in Holly with a slightly slower time of 47.7. They were quite a bit slower in the 4x200 in Holly placing 3rd with a time of 1:43.17.
Eads is still looking for a track meet for the upcoming week as they aren’t scheduled again until a Saturday, May 22 meet in Limon. Bohlander, though, is not concerned as she knows her kids will continue to improve, “We are all very pleased after the first week, but also know we have a lot of gains to make in our process to be champions. We’re in it to win it.”