The Eagles and Lady Eagles track and field teams hosted and competed against 13 teams at the Holden Eagle Invitational Meet on Friday, April 9.
As head coach Spencer Gudde, meet officials, and meet workers worked to complete the meet before an incoming rainstorm in the forecast entered the area. Holden’s track and field athletes turned in several top finishes, and numerous season-best performances.
“It was good to get it in, and it was great timing with the weather,” said coach Gudde. “The boys team is coming along, and we are starting to find which boys will fill out spots as we get closer to the postseason.
“The girls are progressing as well. We will hopefully start lining out relays in the coming weeks, and make sure we have the best ones ready to compete when it matters most.”
As a team, the Lady Eagles placed second.
Top Lady Eagle performers on the day included Camille Davidson with two first-place finishes, Sam VanHooser with two first-place finishes, and Marah Klover with two top-three finishes in individual events.
Davidson took first place in both hurdles races at the meet. The sophomore clocked a season-best time of 17.93 seconds in the 100m hurdles, and a season-best time in the 300m hurdles at 52.11 seconds. Davidson also turned in a sixth-place finish in the high jump with a height of 1.35m (SB).
VanHooser grabbed the gold medals in both the shot put and the discus field events. The senior’s put of 10.5m put her at the top of the leader board in the shot, and her discus distance of 33.53m proved to be a season-best distance.
Klover turned in a second-place height of 1.45m in the high jump, and timed out at 2:40 (SB) in the 800m run for a third-place finish.
“They are doing great, and their marks just keep getting better,” said coach Gudde in regard to Davidson, VanHooser, and Klover. “They will score lots of points when we get to the conference and district meets.”
Another top-six finisher for the Lady Eagles was Rachel Wamsley with a fourth-place finish in the 400m dash in a time of 1:10 (SB).
Peyton Kilgore placed fifth in the discus.
MaReya May turned in a 21.37 seconds (SB) in the 110m hurdles to place sixth.
Autumn Cantrell placed sixth in the triple jump.
Sahara Tjardes, Elaina Young, and Natalie Moss each tied for sixth place in the pole vault with a height of 2m.
The top relay race showing for the Lady Eagles was turned in by the 4x800m relay team of Klover, Gracie Carver, Alli Iles, and Abby Wamsley. The team clocked a time of 11:34.80 (SB) to place third.
The Holden girls 4x100m relay team of Kimmie Spring, R. Wamsley, Autumn Cantrell, and Moss placed fourth in a time of 57.55 seconds (SB). That same group also placed fourth in the 4x200m relay with a time of 2:01.90 (SB).
Davidson, Moss, Iles, and Klover placed fourth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:46.93 to close out the meet for the Lady Eagles.
Multiple top-six placings and season-best times were displayed by the Eagles boys team with Tyler Hankins turning in the top performance for the squad.
Hankins set a personal record height of 3.2m in the pole vault to place first in the event.
Maysen Powell placed third in both the 110m hurdles, and the 300m hurdles. Powell posted a time of 18.28 seconds (SB) in the 110m hurdles, and a time of 46.08 seconds in the 300m hurdles.
Sprinter Brian Johnson placed third in the 200m dash with a time of 24.54 seconds (SB), and placed fourth in the 400m dash at 55.10 seconds.
Distance runners Michael Rinella and Zack Willis both turned in season-best times in the 3200m run. Rinella clocked out at 11:51.45 in fourth place; Willis posted a time of 11:56.69 to finish sixth.
“They will hit their stride when it matters most,” noted coach Gudde of the boys’ team’s top placers at Holden’s home meet.
In field events, Garrett Abel placed fourth in the javelin with a toss of 31.37m, fifth in the discus at 26.51m, and seventh in the shot put with a distance of 9.34m (SB).
Keyghin Orcutt placed fifth in the shot put with a distance of 10.25m (SB).
With a triple jump distance of 11.02m (SB), Reco Jenkins placed fifth.
The 4x400m relay team of Powell, Tanner Atkins, Johnson, and Wally Walker took a fifth-place finish with a time of 3:55.96.
As a squad, the Holden boys track and field team finished in sixth place on the day.
“We will just keep our focus on what we have been doing so far…work hard in practice, and compete in meets,” summarized coach Gudde’s of the track teams.
Other top-10 finishes: Lady Eagles – Maddie Sechrest, triple jump, 7th; Peyton Kilgore, javelin, 7th; Gracie Carver, 1600m run, 8th; Abby Wamsley, 100m dash, 9th; Maaike Van Zomeren, 100m dash, 9th; MaReya May, 300m hurdles, 9th; Elaina Young, 200m dash, 10th.
Eagle Boys – Tyler Hankins, high jump, 7th; Connor McQueary, discus, 8th; Marshall Doogs, javelin, 8th; Reco Jenkins, 200m dash, 9th.