by Brian Goatley

On Tuesday, April 11, El Dorado Springs high school hosted their home track meet. We had 21 teams in attendance and the weather was great.

On the girls’ side, Brittany Stevens placed 5th in the high jump with a jump of 4’4”. Hailey McGatha placed 6th in the shot put with her personal best throw of 27’11.5”. Ashley Knoll placed 5th, in a very strong 800 field, with a season best time of 2:36.98. Ashley joined with Brittany, Emily Sutton and Sarah King to place 7th in the 4 x 800 m. relay with a season best time of 11:40.25.

On the boys side, Ethan Parshall got things started with a 6th place finish in pole vault, clearing 10’. Shelby McKinney placed 7th in the shot put with a throw of 37’11”. He followed that up with a 3rd place discus throw of 120’6”, and then a winning, school record throw of 142’8” in the javelin. In the running events, Brendon Parshall won the 200 with a personal record run of 23.44. Brendon then joined Keilan Jacques, Rickey Huff and Jamie Isaacs to win the 4 x 100 with a time of 47.53. Brendon, Keilan and Jamie joined with Tyler Goatley to win the 4 x 200 m. relay with a time of 1:38.51. Tyler Goatley finished 2nd in the 800 m. run with a personal best run of 2:03. Tyler then went on to join Matthew Reddick, Justin Ellison and Wyatt Cartwright to finish 7th in the 4 x 800 m. relay. Last, the 4 x 400 m. relay consisting of Tyler, Jamie, Brendon and Matthew finished 5th with a time of 3:49. The boys team placed 4th overall, with Stockton winning the meet.

On Friday, the team went to run at Pitt State. There were 37 teams in attendance from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. This was our biggest meet to date. We only had two place in the top 8, however, we saw several really good performances. On the girls side, Emily Ring did not place, however she ran 6:18 in the mile which was a personal best time, beating her previous personal best by 21 seconds. She was a different runner, there, running like she was on a mission. Ashley Knoll, ran two personal bests. She ran 5:35 in the mile, and then came back and placed 8th in the 3200 m. run with a personal best run of 12:02, just a couple of seconds off of the school record. On the boys side, Tyler Goatley ran a personal best time of 4:34 in the mile, just 3 seconds off of the school record, and then went on to break a 48 year old school record in the 3200 m. run, placing him 7th with a time of 9:55. We added this meet on a couple of years ago, knowing that we may not place a whole lot, but to get around the competition to get us good times. Overall a good day.

Next, we head to Lamar on Thursday, April 20, followed by our last regular season meet of the year, which is at SBU on Tuesday April 25.

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