Both the Eagles and the Lady Eagles track and field teams placed first at the Husker Invitational Meet at Higginsville High School Monday, April 17.
“There were 11 teams there,” said Holden track and field coach David Diener. “As the meet was going and we kept having multiple Holden athletes named in the top three, I knew we had a really good shot at placing high with both teams. So to have them both win the event is something to be proud of as an overall team.”
The Holden boys team totaled 161 points to lead the pack with Higginsville placing second at 115 points.
The Holden girls team placed first with 133 points to also defeat the host team as the Lady Huskers posted 97 points.
Holden’s sprint medley (100, 100, 200, 400) relay team of Kolby Hill, Jacob Andes, Sam Comer, and Carson Moreno turned in a first-place time of 1:42 for the Holden boys team’s top relay placing.
Pole vaulter Tyler Hankins placed first with a height of 11’-9.75”, and recorded a runner-up finish in the high jump.
Cole Zillner took the top spot in the high jump with a first-place height of 5’-10.75”.
Hurdler Masyn Powell recorded an individual top finish on the track with a first-place showing in the 300m hurdles in a time of 40.78 seconds. Powell placed third in the 110m hurdles by timing out at 15.81 seconds.
Distance runner Zach Willis took the runner-up spot in the 1600m run with a time of 4:48. Willis carried the baton in the distance medley relay with teammates Rett Hankins, Jackson Treece, and Ethan Rice for a second-place finish. That same group of four runners carried the baton to a third-place finish in the 4x800m relay.
Reco Jenkins placed second in the long jump with a distance of 18’-5”, and was followed by teammate Wally Walker who placed third with a jump of 18’-02.5”.
Also in the arena of field events, Sauren Folson placed third in the javelin with a toss of 125’-9”.
On the girls side, Kia Harmon recorded two individual first-place finishes. Harmon led in both the high jump, and in the long jump. The sophomore jumper cleared 5’-3” in the high jump, and went 15’-9.75 in the long jump pit. Harmon added a third-place finish in the triple jump.
Adalyn Campbell timed out at 1:01 to place first in the 400m dash for a top individual finish, and placed third in the 200m dash.
Jazzy Brown took the second-place finish in the 200m dash.
Campbell joined teammates Alli Iles, Marah Klover, and Gracie Carver on the Lady Eagles’ 4x400m relay team in a first-place finish.
The Holden girls sprint medley team of Kimmie Spring, Clara Hernan, Rachel Wamsley, and Carver also took a first-place finish.
Lady Eagle pole vaulter Addilyn Wooster cleared a height of 9’-10” to place first in the event, and was followed by teammate Izzy Guinn who placed second with clearance of 8’-10.25”.
Hurdlers Lilee Keller and Marah Klover also turned in top-three placings on the day with Keller placing second in the 100m hurdles, and Klover placing third in the 300m hurdles.
Shot putter Chloe Hernan placed second in the event with a distance of 34’-1.5”.
Clinton Meet Results
Battling through cold temperatures and heavy winds, the Holden high school track and field teams competed at the Clinton Invitational Meet on Saturday, April 22, with both the Eagles and the Lady Eagles placing fourth in the team standings.
Eagles thrower Sauren Folson broke his own Holden school record in the javelin on the day by turning in a distance of 41.18m.
“Sauren was able to break his own school record at Clinton with a throw of 41.18m, breaking his old record of 40.15m,” said coach David Diener. “It was only a matter of time until he broke his PR (personal record) from last year. His throw was good enough to place him fifth a the meet, and he continues to keep making improvements.”
On the girls side for the Lady Eagles, sprinter Adalyn Campbell placed first in the 200m dash with a time of 28.10 seconds, and took the third-place medal in the 400m dash with a time of 1:01. Jazzy Brown placed second in the 200m dash, just two-hundredths of a second behind Campbell.
In field events, Kia Harmon placed first in the high jump with a height of 1.55m, and third in the long jump with a distance of 4.82m.
Marah Klover grabbed the third-place medal in the high jump with a height of 1.5m.
The Lady Eagles 4x100m relay team of Kimmie Spring, Rachel Wamsley, Clara Hernan, and Jazzy Brown placed fourth in a time of 53.33 seconds.
The Lady Eagles 4x200m relay team also placed fourth with Campbell, Wamsley, Grace Kendrick, and Gracie Carver carrying the baton to the finish line in a time of 1:51.83.
“The girls 4×200 really wanted to get in the 1:51’s at the Clinton Meet,” said coach Diener. “It was exciting to see them hit that mark in the colder weather as we try to get that time down into the 1:50’s for the district and sectional meets.”
For the Holden boys team, Cole Zillner took the top finish in the high jump with a height of 1.75m.
Tyler Hankins followed Zillner with a third-place finish in the high jump. Hankins placed first in the pole vault with a height of 3.6m.
“Cole and Tyler have had great battles in high jump all year,” noted coach Diener. “For both of them to go out in the elements and hit good marks was a good sign that as the weather warms back up, they will keep hitting marks to qualify them for late season runs in the high jump for Cole, and both high jump and pole vault for Tyler.”
Hurdler Masyn Powell placed first in both the 110m hurdles, and the 300m hurdles with times of 15.73 seconds, and 41.56 seconds, respectively.
Distance runner Zach Willis placed fifth in the 1600m run for the Holden boys team’s top distance race showing on the day.
With Willis and multiple other track and field team members leaving the Clinton Meet near the midway point of events in order to prepare for Holden’s prom scheduled for Saturday evening, sophomore Caleb Koehn stepped into Willis’s spot in the 3200m run as Koehn joined fellow sophomore Rett Hankins in the race. Hankins scored team points with a seventh-place finish in the race. Though not earning a points placing as he finished in 11th, Koehn set a personal record in the race with a time of 11:40.
“Caleb Koehn has done a great job taking advantage of being a distance alternate for us,” said coach Diener. “Each time he is entered, he throws down PRs in the mile, and the two mile. Zach has had some dominating performances this year, but Caleb’s work ethic and improvements are going to keep our distance program moving the right direction after Zach’s senior season.”
The Eagles 4x100m relay team of Jacob Andes, Sam Comer, Wally Walker, and Reco Jenkins closed out competition with a fourth-place finish for the Holden boys team.
The Holden high school track and field teams host an invitational meet this Friday, April 28, with events beginning at 3:30 p.m.