by Head Track Coach Brian Goatley

On Tuesday, April 9, despite threats of storms, the El Dorado Springs high school track team was able to host it’s home meet without any weather issues. This year has been a very difficult year, weather wise. This was supposed to be our 5th meet of the year and was just our 3rd, so we were very pleased to get this one in and also give the home crowd a good show.

On the girls’ side, Courtney Hooper and Emily Ford placed 4th and 6th, respectively, in the discus throw. They threw well and keep getting better.

In the running events, the girls 4 x 800 m. relay consisting of Tessa Durnell, Elizabeth Clark, Hannah Bruggemann and Katie Bruggemann, placed 4th. Cameron McPeak placed 3rd in the 200 m. dash and 2nd in the 400 m. dash. Cameron joined up with Jaynee Beaty, Elizabeth Clark and Tessa Durnell to take 3rd in the 4 x 400 m. relay. Hannah Bruggemann placed 2nd in the 3200 m. run. Elizabeth Clark placed 6th in the 800 m. run. Jaynee Beaty finished 4th in the 100 m. hurdles. All of this scoring led to a 5th place finish as a team for the day.

On the boys’ side, Colton Hedrick led the way in the field events, placing first in the shot put and 2nd in the discus. We also saw Tanner Hixson place 2nd in the pole vault with teammate, Tyler O’Bannion, placing with a tie for 5th in his first time out. Rounding out the scoring on the field events side for the boys, was Landen Smith placing 3rd in the long jump, Josh Girven, placing 6th in the triple jump and Heath Sutton, placing 6th in the high jump.

In the running events, our 4 x 800 m. relay, consisting of Tommy Cornejo, Jakob Boleyn, Richard Lyness and Ronnie Bohrer, got things started off with a 3rd place finish. Lance Molz continued with a first place finish in both the 100 and 200 m. dash races. The 4 x 200 m. relay, consisting of Lance Molz, Landen Smith, Tanner Hixson and Heath Sutton placed 1st. These same guys followed that up at the end of the night with a 2nd place finish in the 4 x 400 m. relay. The 4 x 100 m. relay of Tanner Hixson, Landen Smith, Richard Lyness and Derek White finished 2nd. We saw Heath Sutton place 3rd and teammate Richard Lyness place 6th in the 400 m. dash, and Tommy Cornejo place 5th in the 800 m. run.

When all the dust had settled, the boys’ team ended up on top with a team championship just edging Jasper, in a hard fought battle, by 2 points. It has been a few years since the boys’ team has been able to contend for a title, so this was really nice.

Our next meet at Skyline, which was scheduled for Thursday, April 11, got cancelled. Our next couple of meets included a JV meet at Nevada on Tuesday, April 16, that faced iffy weather at press time and one at Lamar on Thursday, April 18.

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LANCE MOLZ TURNS IT ON – Bulldog Lance Molz motored to a close victory in the 100 and also in the 200 meter dash races.

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CAMERON BRINGS IT HOME – Cameron McPeak took second in the 400 meter dash (shown here) and 3rd in the 200.

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HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP – Bulldog Josh Girven took 6th in the triple jump during the Bulldog Relays last Tuesday.

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OFF TO THE RACE – With fierce concentratin on his face including biting his tongue, Bulldog Tanner Hixson gets a good start in the 4 x 200 meter relay. The start, coupled with the efforts of Landen Smth, Lance Molz and Heath Sutton earned them a first place finish.

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HIGH HURDLES, MINOR INCONVENENIECE – Jessica Jone, El Dorado Christian School senior, led the way in the 100 meter high hurdles during the El Dorado Springs Bulldog relays last Tuesday.

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HIXSON GOES HIGH ENOUGH – The winner in the pole vault at the Bulldog Relays last Tuesday from Liberal cleared 12 ft. 6″ the same as Bulldog Tanner Hixson, shown here. Tanner just took more attempts to clear that height so Tanner got second.

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WERNELL FINISHES – Tessa Wernell finished her mile run during the Bulldog Relays last Tuesday as Brian Goatley coaches her across the line.