A large group of senior year athletes were recognized prior to the Senior Night Holden Eagle Invitational Meet at Holden High School on Thursday, April 6.
Track and field senior team members Autumn Cantrell, Gracie Carver, Alli Iles, Marah Klover, Kimmie Spring, Camille Davidson, Alex VanHooser, and Lea Heine were recognized on the track from the girls team prior to the start of the meet. Zach Willis, Tyler Hankins, Wally Walker, Keyghin Orcutt, Ruben Wiesmann, and Joseph Powell were presented from the boys team.
“This senior group is full of hard-working athletes, and it has been an exciting group to work with these two years,” said second-year Holden high school track and field coach David Diener. “This group is defined by joy for competition. Each week we keep seeing improvements by these seniors because of how hard they want to compete and win. Our seniors continue to be great leaders. It was fun to be able to recognize them, and put them in the spotlight for their main events in front of our home crowd.”
Both the Eagles and the Lady Eagles teams recorded second-place finishes on the night.
Four-year team member and previous state meet qualifier Marah Klover turned in the top individual finish from the Lady Eagles group of seniors by placing second in the high jump. Klover’s top-three medal finish was earned with a height of 5’-1”. Klover placed fifth in the 300m hurdles to add individual points with a top-eight finish.
Senior Gracie Carver circled the track in the 400m dash in a time of 1:04 to place third.
Senior Alli Iles turned in an eighth-place finish in the 800m run by timing out at 2:53.
Two Lady Eagles relay teams carried the baton to second-place finishes with Iles, Klover, Carver, and freshman Adalyn Campbell taking the silver medal in the 4x400m relay in a time of 4:25.
Senior Kimmie Spring, and underclassmen Rachel Wamsley, Clara Hernan, and Jazzy Brown captured Holden’s other second-place relay finish in the 4x100m by clocking out at 54.15 seconds.
Spring also led off the 4x200m relay as she, Carver, Wamsley, and Hernan placed third in a time of 1:57.
Iles carried the baton with underclass teammates Abby Miller, Ava Young, and Malea Brewington in the 4x800m relay for a fourth-place finish.
Senior Autumn Cantrell placed ninth in the long jump, and 11th in the 100m dash. Senior Alex VanHooser placed 20th in the discus and 26th in the shot put. Senior Lea Heine placed 22nd in the shot put.
Top individual finishes by Lady Eagles underclassmen included sophomore Kia Harmon placing first in the 100m dash, first in the high jump, third in the triple jump, and seventh in the long jump.
Freshman pole vaulter Addilyn Wooster marked the meet by breaking the Holden high school record in the pole vault with a height of 9’-06.25”. Wooster’s clearance placed her third in the event.
Brown continued positive progression in her freshman season by taking the second spot in the 200m dash for an individual medal, and by placing fourth in the 100m dash.
Campbell placed second in the 400m dash, and third in the 200m dash.
Sophomore Lilee Keller cleared the barriers in the 100m hurdles for a second-place finish, and earned points in the 300m hurdles with a sixth-place showing.
Freshman Malea Brewington jockeyed her way to a third-place medal finish in the 3200m run, and placed fourth in the 1600m run.
Junior shot putter Chloe Hernan recorded a medal finish with a put of 31’-00” to place third in the event.
“Overall, I was pleased with the girls’ performances,” said coach Diener. “Both Kia and Marah improved in the high jump this week. Jazzy Brown keeps making improvements in her sprints, and Malea, Ava, and Abby Miller in distance races all made big steps forward.
“We have a great group of young sprinters. Adalyn Campbell and Jazzy Brown showed great in the sprints. Lilee Keller had another good placing in the 100m hurdles. Addilyn Wooster and Olivia Wooster keep improving each week with their field events. Kia continues to have great marks in her field events, and we were able to get her back in the 100m this week where she ran well again. Then, the biggest achievement of the night was freshman Addilyn Wooster breaking the school record in pole vault with a vault of 2.9 meters.”
Other Lady Eagles Top-Eight Finishers: K’Lea Westover, 400m dash, 7th; Abby Miller, 800m run, 5th; MaReya May, 100h, 7th; May, 300h, 8th; Izzy Guinn, pole vault, 5th; Olivia Wooster, javelin, 5th.
Leading the senior representation from the Holden boys team were seniors Tyler Hankins and Zach Willis with top-three medal finishes.
Hankins placed second in the pole vault with a height of 11’-11.75”, and won the third-place medal in the high jump by clearing 6’-00.75”
Willis captured the silver medal in the 3200m run by clocking out at 10:22. He contributed team points with a fourth-place time of 4:51 in the 1600m run.
Senior Wally Walker placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 17’-03.5”. Walker toted the baton with underclass teammates Carson Moreno, Sam Comer, and Reco Jenkins in the 4x100m relay for a second-place finish.
Walker also contributed team points as a member of the Holden boys 4x400m relay team as he joined Masyn Powell, Sam Comer, and Carson Moreno in a sixth-place finish.
Willis opened events on the track during Senior Night by carrying the baton on the first leg for the 4x800m A relay team as he, and underclass teammates Rett Hankins, Ethan Rice, and Jackson Treece placed fifth in the race.
Seniors Ruben Wiesmann and Joseph Powell joined teammates Caleb Koehn and Lukas Hunt on Holden’s 4x800m B relay team on the day.
Senior Keyghin Orcutt turned in a ninth-place finish in the shot put, and placed 12th in the discus.
Top individual finishes by underclassmen included junior Masyn Powell placing first in both the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. Powell timed out at 15.91 seconds in the 110m barriers race, and clocked a time of 41.89 seconds in the 300m race.
Junior Cole Zillner recorded a second-place medal finish in the high jump with a height of 6’-00.75”.
The third-place medal in the 4x200m relay was earned by relay team members Powell, Comer, Moreno, and Jacob Andes as that group recorded a time of 1:41.
“Zach has had a great season,” said coach Diener in describing senior contributions. “His toughness at the end of races and his game planning of race splits and kicks he has to execute each meet…his leadership and example he sets will be hard to replace next year. Wally is such an important piece to any team he is on. You know he is going to give his max effort in every event, and I am proud of his improvements he keeps making each week. Tyler has had a great start to his jumping events. As he keeps getting more opportunities in meets, he is going to keep getting higher and higher marks.
“Cole Zillner has really stepped up his high jump this past week,” added coach Diener. “He is getting cleaner on his early jumps, and then started getting personal records this last week. Jacob Andes has been a big lift to our open sprints and sprint relays. He is a strong runner and will keep getting better as the season goes. Our 4×100 relay has been really competitive each meet.
“Rett Hankins also had his best meet so far, and it was good to see him run as strong as he did. We also have a young group of throwers that I believe will turn in some point-scoring throws by the end of the year, or starting next year.”
Other Eagles Top-Eight Finishers: Reco Jenkins, 100m dash, 5th; Rett Hankins, 1600m run, 5th; Rett Hankins, 3200m run, 4th; Dylan Malkmus, 110m hurdles, 7th; Jenkins, long jump, 4th; Jenkins, triple jump, 4th; Kolby Hill, triple jump, 8th; Jayden Ring, pole vault, 8th; Marshall Doogs, discus, 5th; Sauren Folson, javelin, 5th; Doogs, shot put, 7th.