2015 Results

Official meet results can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.  

 3/31/15 HOME MEET VS BLOOMINGTON NORTH 

Great start to the season.  With a much lighter indoor season than in years past, this was truly more of a "first" meet than we have had the past few years.  Usually, we have run enough indoors to have an idea of where we stood, but with the spring break falling on HSR State Finals, that went by the wayside.  Not a problem, just makes this the first real meet we have competed in.  We had a lot of really solid performances that give us a good starting point for the year. 

Boys took care of what they needed to, and performed well enough to beat BHSN for the first time since 2005, and only the 2nd time in about two decades!  Of course we had some areas we would like to have done better, but all-in-all, our guys performed pretty well.  Boys start  out 1-0!

Boys Wins:
  • 110HH: Austin Smith (15.73). Mason Saylor 2nd (16.79)
  • 4x100 Relay:  Levi Beyers, Rhett Blake, Lucas Poling, Austin Smith (44.96)
  • 300H: Austin Smith (42.05). Mason Saylor 2nd (44.51)
  • 4x400 Relay:  Levi Beyers, Blair Boruff, Austin Smith, Rhett Blake (3:34.64)
  • Pole Vault: Evan Simmonds (9'0"). Kaven Mayfield 2nd (7'6")
  • Shot Put: Zack Wagner (39'3"). Eli Housel 2nd (36'7")
  • Discus Throw: Brandon Fleener (139'5.5")
Other Boys highlights:
  • Freshman Jordan Headdy new PR in shot, to take 3rd (36'5")
  • Ayedlott sub 2:20 split in 4x8, then 2nd in 400m Dash, then solid leg in 4x4. (first time doing all three in official meet)
  • Levi and Rhett 2nd/3rd in the 100 and 200, to an outstanding, state-caliber runner.
  • Poling closing his 400 really well to improve mark to 56.18
  • Bradburn PR in 3200
Girls Wins: 
  • 4x800: Audrey Litten, Clair Phillips, Celine Hornick, Stephany Foster (11:41.94)
  • 4x100: Mallory Fisher, Amber Vercrumba, Ireland Butcher, Elizabeth Conway (52.93)
  • High Jump: Amber Verctumba (5'0")

 4/9/15 AT MARTINSVILLE: VS MARTINSVILLE AND BROWN COUNTY
Teams were competing tonight under some windy conditions, which did have some impact on events,  but we did dodge a bullet by missing the rainy weather.  Both teams were coming into the meet a little short handed, with some guys and girls out for various reasons tonight.  When this kind of stuff pops up, it is up to the next person on the depth chart to step up, and a lot of our kids did that tonight.  

Boys: Martinsville-74.5; Edgewood 74; Brown County 18.5 (Boys move to 2-1)
Tough night to come up half a point shy.  As a coach and as a team we can always go through the events and play the "if" game and find some spots where we could have gotten it.  But the bottom line is that when it is go time, every inch, every second (or fraction of a second, for that matter) is important.  Aside from the initial sting that comes with such a close call, we had some outstanding performances by our boys tonight.  
Track Events:
  • Levi Beyers and Austin Smith both had terrific meets.  Levi won the 100m with a really strong race, then won the 200m.  Smith took first place in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, and was really driving through the hurdles.  Both were also part of the 4x100 and 4x400 teams that ran to a first place finish.  Those two had a hand in 30 of our 74 points tonight, so their contribution can not be overstated.  
  • Mason Saylor was 2nd in the 110 hurdles then third in the 300s, which was a really strong race for him.  The 43.3 is a PR and is getting closer to seeing times in the 42s.  He also ran an excellent leg on the B 4x4, and though I dont have his split, there is no doubt that he was at or under 55.  Was by far his best 400 I remember him running.  
  • Lucas Poling also ran an outstanding race in the 400 and in the 4x4, after holding his own on the winning 4x1 team.  Today looked like a kid who started to believe that the 400 might be an even that he can get after.  
  • Rhett Blake is still working into track shape, but ran a solid leg on the winning 4x100 and 4x4 teams, with a win in the 400 squeezed in there.  
  • The 4x800 team took second by posting a 9:07, which is 21 seconds faster than last week.  Still some work to do there for sure, but a marked improvement for those guys.  
  • Harrison Cottingham ran a PR split of 2:14 on the relay, then took second with at 2:13 in the open 800, which was a four or five second drop.  
  • Alex Michael stepped up for us in the 1600 and 3200 tonight, in the absence of a couple of guys who had been ahead of him.  Not only did he PR in the 1600 (4:58) to take second, but he set a new PR in the 3200 (11:14) to take third.  He was just a few meters from closing the gap on 2nd place in the 32.  He knows there is more in there, and he just has to start trusting his ability to know he can turn it on a little sooner.  

Field Events:
  • Rhys Fehrenbach set a PR in the pole vault (7'0), which is a full foot over what he cleared before, and this was his first meet scoring points for us.  
  • Nick Mobley took the win in high jump.  Nick was our only jumper entered tonight, so he was a little more under the gun than in most meets up to this point.  Windy conditions do make it tough to jump, but he did what he needed, to secure those points.  
  • Cade Feather took fourth in shot for us tonight by a throw of 37'2.75" which was a PR by four feet!.  Zack Wagner was third with a 39'8", and he is on the cusp of finding that 40' throw.  
  • Brandon Fleener followed up his win last week with another one tonight in Disc, which was no easy task given the windy conditions that have an impact.  
Relay Splits:
  • 4x800 A 9:07: Kovach-2:15; Ayedlott-2:20; Cottingham-2:14; Weller-2:17
  • 4x800 B 10:09: Bradburn-2:22; Welch-2:30; Graef-2:30; Phillips-2:47
  • 4x100 A 44.3: Beyers-10.86; Blake-10.39; Poling 11.25; Smith 11.83
  • 4x400 A 3:36: Beyers-52.5; Ayedlott-55.9; Blake-53.3; Smith 54.9

 4/14/15 HOME VS MOORESVILLE AND TERRE HAUTE SOUTH
Boys came into the meet a light handed and sore from a tough day yesterday, but we soldier on.  It was a chance for some guys to get a chance to race with the pressure of being counted on a little more than they might be used to.  

BOYS HIGHLIGHTS: team moves to 3-2
  • Levi continues his strong season.  Win in the 100, with a pretty good time of 11.43 into a good wind.  He came up just shy in the 200, as the THS kid was really gunning for him after the 100.  He is a pretty quiet kid and I doubt he would ever say it, but I think he has to appreciate going into races at this level with other guys gunning for him.  
  • Mason won in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, really helping secure our team second-place finish.  He has done a great job at working with some of the more inexperienced hurdles the past couple of weeks and is starting to mature a little bit a as more of a leader.
  • Sophomore Alex Michael had a really fine meet.  He ran a 2:15 split on the B team 4x8 (2nd fastest of the day for us), then came back to break the 11 minute mark in the 3200 for the first time (10:58).
  • Nathan Weller also looked to be a little stronger today.  Posting his fastest 1600 and 3200 times of the season, 4:57 and 10:51 respectively, both scoring points for us.
  • Harrison Cottingham continues to develop into a pretty strong 800m runner for us.  He posted a really good 2:12 split in the 4x8 then a 2:15 in the open.  
  • It was good to see Hank back out in the mile.  Though he had the regulator dialed back a bit, it was sure a welcome site, and I think the whole distance crew got a bit of a lift from it. 
  • I thought the vaulters as a group did pretty well tonight.  Evan and Eli being back certainly helped.  And seeing Kaven hit 8-6 again was nice.  
  • Brayden Patton is starting to get a little better each time out and had a nice PR throw of 36 in the shotput.  
  • Zack Johnson and Matt Clemmons coming out in their first meet and getting over 30ft was a nice thing to see too.l
  • Blair Boruff returned to action for us tonight and scored in multiple spots.  2nd in LJ (17-7) , 4th in HJ, and holding down the best leg of the winning 4x4 relay.  He's a versatile athlete and when he is focused and dialed in, he can do some good things for us down the stretch. 
  • The throwers had 12 PRs on the night.  They are starting to see more progress and signs of the work they have been putting in.  
Relay Splits:
  • 4x8A: Denver-2:18; Kovach-2:18; Cottingham-2:12; Tyler-2:22
  • 4x8B: Alex-2:15; Welch-2:28; Graef-2:30; Tre-2:43
  • 4x4A: Blair-53.7; Lucas-55.5; Denver 57.6; Levi-55.2
  • 4x4B: Saylor-57.27; Graef-59.52; Cottingham-59.64; Pugh-58.91
 4/17/15   PARK TUDOR SMALL SCHOOL SHOWCASE

Boys 4th out of 13.  Move to 12-5 on season.
Mason with special guest, Olympian Bob Kennedy.
Lots of big PRs tonight, but the highlight was Mason Saylors sprint to a win in the 300 Hurdles, the lone Mustang champion of the meet.  This was his first big meet wearing a the target of a #1 seed, and he certainly came through.  Previous best of 43.3 got him the top seed, but the heat before saw a competitor run 42.5 and really turned up the pressure.  Mason held strong, and shattered his previous PR, to win in 41.45!  Fantastic job by him, and provided a big boost to the team for our final few events that followed. 

More highlights and details to come.    
 4/21/15 HOME VS BNL:  
All-in-all a tough night for the boys, in getting edged by 1 pt. This is the second meet this season that has been decided by one point or less.  We did have some individual successes, but going into meets like this we want to see the whole team come together.  We have some things to clean up the next couple of weeks if we want to accomplish some of the things that were said back in February.  This group has the people to be able to do it.  Going to take some people taking that next step themselves but also pushing the guy right next to him.  These meets are not won or lost by one person.  There are 16 events where we can improve where we currently are, and hopefully tonight is a good motivator for us as we head into Saturday. 

Boys fall 66-65.  Slip to 12-6 on the season. 
BOYS Highlights: 
4x800 (Weller, Phillips, Cottingham, Michael) 
100m: Levi Beyers wins another one.  
1600:  Hank and Nathan looked improved, cutting through wind to take 1-2.
300: Saylor WIns, Pugh scores points (3rd) in his first time ever running it in a meet. 
800: Weller and Cottingham go 1-2
HJ: Boruff, Nick, Mason sweep. 
Shot: Wagner over 40 for the win
Disc: back over 130 for Fleener to get the win.


 4/25/15   MUSTANG INVITATIONAL:  BHSN, BHSS, Castle, Cloverdale, Edgewood, Martinsville, Mooresville,  Roncalli   

The 2015 Mustang Invitational went as well as could be expected, given the weather conditions.  We owe a big thank you to the folks who helped out.  That includes our coaching staff for showing up early and staying late this week to get stuff ready.  For our kids not competing to be right on task with their assigned tasks on meet day.  For our concession crew to keep the spectators satisfied.  And for our Athletic Department for getting us the facilities we need to host a quality meet.  Though we were not able to contest the Pole Vault, we were able to complete the 15 other events in the rainy conditions.  Every year this meet hosts a number of competitors who are likely to be competing deep into the IHSAA State Series, and this year was no different in that respect.  The winners from all 15 contested events are likely to be competing in June...and I think it is safe to say that had the pole vault been contested, that winner would have been Deakin Volz of Bloomington South, who is the top vaulter in the state (17'-11'25").  Needless to say, our Mustangs were up against the best competition we have faced so far this season and will be a good learning tool for us moving toward the Conference meet in a couple of weeks. 

Boys Highlights: Team 5th/8.  Moves to 15-10 on the season.
  • Mason Saylor continued his recent surge in performance.  After posting a PR in the 110s (15.85) for 2nd place, he came back to win the 300s with a strong late race surge.  He has started closing his races much stronger in recent weeks, and this is where it shows up.  After looking like the win was going to get away, his final 100 saw him close the gap and take the lead going over the last hurdle.  
  • Levi Beyers pulled out a pair of runner up finishes in the 100 and 200.  These races today did not look like what we have gotten used to.  Levi has typically been strong out of the blocks, then holds on.  Today though, he was closing the races strong, and passing competitors in the final stretch.  His 4x400 anchor leg also saw him move his team from 5th to 4th.  
  • The 4x800 posted their second fastest time of the season by 1 sec. and was the first time all season with back to back races under 9 minutes.  
  • Jace Pugh has exemplified the "team-first" mentality that we want to see from our kids.  He saw an area (hurdles) where we needed some guys to step in, due to some guys being out, and took a risk to put himself out there.  In only his second 300 hurdle race, he pulled a 6th place finish and was competing with the other schools' #1.  His time of 46.97 was a PR by almost 2 seconds and was good enough to score points for us today.
  • Nick Mobley in high jump shows the importance of approaching each attempt carefully.  7 guys cleared 5'-6" today, and the scratches were the difference between getting 5th (3 points) and 9th (0 points).  

 4/28/15 AT CLAY CITY 

Both boys and girls came out of the meet with a strong win.  Even better though was that we came out with a lot of new PR marks.  This was a meet that will hopefully set some of our kids off into new levels of competition.  

Boys Highlights: Team won.  Moves to 16-10 on the season.
  • The boys swept the relays tonight and even saw our JV teams finishing ahead of some of the Clay City varsity squads.  The 4x800 of Weller, Kovach, Cottingham and Phillips posted their third best time of the season, while running way out in front by themselves.  The 4x100 welcomed Smith and Rhett back to the lineup, and the senior heavy squad that included Levi Beyers and Blair Boruff pulled ahead for a commanding win.  The 4x400 squad of Boruff, Smith, Lucas Poling, and Levi ran from ahead, pulling out a 20 second win, in 3:38.  Not bad for a race run out by themselves for the duration.
  • Distance boys did well today, with some events being swapped.  Our 800 guys took the 1600 tonight and the 1600 guys took the 800.  Kovach (5:06), McGlothlin (5:12), and Cottingham (5:16) swept the 1600 with PR times.  Phillips (2:07) and Weller (2:15) took 1-2 in the 800.  Phillips is still working into racing shape, after being out for a few weeks.  It was good to see starting to race stronger today, and hopefully is a sign of more positive things to come down the stretch run of the season.
  • Our hurdle crew has really developed a good, healthy competition among themselves and was great to see them sweep the 300s and get 1-2 in the 110s.  Austin took both wins in his first meet back after being out for a couple of weeks, including a 14.4 in the 110s which was a new PR.  Mason continued his strong surge to really put pressure on Austin to hold that top spot in our crew. 
  • Rhys Fehrenbach scored his first pole vault victory tonight, continuing to build on his consistent, dedicated approach to his event.  He is regularly one of the last people to leave the track, and his dedication to it is showing more and more each time out. 
  • Levi Beyers continues to stand out among a group of strong sprinters.  Notching yet another pair of wins in the 100 and 200 (both by large margins), and securing important spots in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, he continues to show that he is truly one of the best sprinters in our area.  
  • Blair Boruff had a big jump tonight in high jump, setting a new PR by clearing 6'2" to snag the win.  He has been working on his approach and steps the past few days, and it appears that it is paying off.  With a more consistent approach, now he can let his natural jumping ability get him over the bar.  
 4/30/15 SENIOR NIGHT:  HOSTING INDIAN CREEK AND LIGHTHOUSE

Big night for kids to go out with win on last home meet for this group of seniors.  This is a special night for our group, as it is the last time this group of seniors will don the Edgewood uniform in their high school careers.  Our team members and manager have contributed so much time and effort in their time with us, that the 

Girls Highlights: 

Congratulations to all of the seniors tonight.  Ireland Butcher had her best meet of the season, Brynn Bosstick Pr'd in the 800 and Elizabeth Conway was able to come back from her injury and win her only race, the 300 hurdles.  We are setting ourselves up for a great run at the end of the year.

Boys highlights: Team won.  Moves to 18-10 on the season

Rhett looked much stronger tonight, in his second meet back.  Winning the 400 in 52.05 is much closer to what he can do.    Levi doubling up on the 100/200 and Fleener winning the Disc again has been something we have grown accustomed to seeing.  It is a little bittersweet to see them do it again tonight.  It's of course great to see, but strange to recognize that it will be the last time we get to see that from these guys at our own place.   Wagners PR in disc was great to see too.  Our senior led 4x400 team posted the best time of the season to wrap up the meet.  Austin, Blair, Rhett, and Levi dropped their time down to 3:31, which is much better than we had seen.  We still have quite a bit to go to get where we like to be, but it was definitely a good sign. Looks like things are starting to take shape for a good run down the stretch.  

 

Relay Splits: 

4x800A: HC-2:13; ZK-2:16; TM-2:16; HP-2:13

4x800B: DA-2:16; NW-2:11; NW-2:23; DB-2:29

 4x400A: AS-54.5; BB-54.2; RB-51.8; LB-51.5

4x400B: DA-56.2; LP-55.8; JP-57.5; AH-65.4

4x400C: MS-56.0; HP-56.5; LS-57.8; TC-61.8

 5/5/15 AT GREENCASTLE, W/ NORTHVIEW

This was a good meet for both the boys and girls.  There were quite a few PRs tonight on both sides, and the teams look to be rounding into shape for the final push to WIC and the IHSAA State Series.

Boys Highlights: Team won, Moves to 20-10 on the season.

While it is great to get a team win that included a number of PR efforts, the story of the meet tonight was the setting of two school records.  
  • The 110 High Hurdle record of 14.7 (Hand-time) was set in 1984 by Brad DeStefano.  The FAT Conversion time of that mark was 15.04.  Austin Smith eclipsed that mark tonight with a 14.41 (hand-time) mark.  The official FAT conversion time is 14.74, which should stand as a new school record.  This has been something that Smith has talked about getting for the past four years.  Each year he got a little bit closer, and tonight he cleared that hurdle...pun intended!  
  • Not to be outdone, Levi Beyers ran away with the 100m Dash win.  The 1975 school record of 10.8 (hand-time)  would be an FAT conversion to 11.14.  That was matched by Beyers' 10.82 (hand-time) run, which also goes to 11.14 FAT Conversion time.  Given that Beyers had previously run a 10.7 at Martinsville, his FAT converted mark should stand at 11.04.  When he first ran that race at Martinsville, we had told him that he would have to run another one like that for us to make it a record.  He did that tonight.  
  • We also saw another win from Fleener in the Disc, going over 136', and had a second throw that was over 131'.  
  • The 4x800 posted their fastest time for the season, hitting 8:45.  After seeing over 9:00 for most of the season, this group has started to see the time shave off.
  • The 4x100 looked much cleaner on the handoffs tonight, posting their 2nd fastest time this season of 44.92, their best in about four weeks. 
  • The 4x400 was just off their fastest mark this season with at 3:31.88.
  • The 300s saw Smith and Saylor go 1-2 (40.66 and 40.85 respectively), to give us a big boost.  
  • In Rhett's first Long Jump competition of the season, he won with a jump of 19'5", a full foot over the 2nd place jump of Blair Boruff (with a solid 18'4.5".  Rhett also took the 400 win in 51.07, for his fastest time of the season. In that race, he pulled away in the final 100 meters or so, to win by three full seconds. 
  • Levi also won the 200m dash in 22.83, winning by more than a second
  • Nathan Weller and Hank Phillips were able to work together to take 2-3 in the 1600, while sophomores Alex Michael and Daniel Bradburn did the same in the 3200
  AT OWEN VALLEY
Boys and Girls Both Win

Boys Highlights: Team won, moves to 21-10 on the season
  GIRLS WIC CHAMPIONSHIPS (at Edgewood)

I am proud of the way our girls competed tonight.  Congratulations to Amber Vecrumba and Elizabeth Conway on their WIC Championships.  We had many great performances on the night.  Our seniors showed great leadership and lead our team to a solid second place in conference.  I am proud of our team and hope we continue it on to next week in Sectionals.


  BOYS WIC CHAMPIONSHIPS (at Northview))

Boys Highlights: Team won, moves to 27-10 on the season

The boys came into the meet tonight with a little more pressure than this group has ever felt heading into the WIC meet.  Seed times for all events had West Vigo winning the meet with Edgewood finishing 2nd, and Northview 3rd.  This is, as they say, why they run the meets.  

Some people say that sports build character.  I tend to think that it reveals and develops character.  These young men showed their character tonight, by standing up to that challenge and facing it head-on.  Of the 29 entrants (26 individuals and 3 relays) 22 met or surpassed their seeded position, and pulled out the program's 13th consecutive WIC title.  
  • The 4x800 (Cottingham, Kovach, Ayedlott, Phillips) started things off for us tonight.  Coming in seeded 4th w/ a mark of 8:45, they all ran with a passion and dropped to 8:24 to win the event. It got the rest of the boys fired up to see it happen.  
  • Smith and Saylor took 1-2 in the 110 hurdles, as did Levi and Rhett took 1-2 in the 100m dash finals.  This has been a fantastic group of four for us all season.
  • Brandon Fleener defended his discus title, by posting his first 140+foot throw in quite awhile.  It was good to see him back up there, after consistently climbing for the past few weeks. 
  • Zack Wagner PRed in Disc to take 4th.  Has seen ups and downs in the ring, so it was great to see him maintain focus on the task at hand. 
  • Rhett locked down one of his season long goals of winning the 400m, with at time of 50.64, more than a second ahead of second... like that?  
  • Lucas Poling ran his first open 400 ever under 53, to secure the 4th spot in 52.82.
  • Nathan Weller ran his finest race of the season in the 3200 to grab third place.  Good to see him execute a race plan that well, and to find some mojo heading to Sectionals. 
  • Hank Phillips secured the win in the 800m run, with a strong move at 300m to go.  Given the injury he had dealt with early in the season, it was  a big race for him to win.  
  • Levi was battling through an illness, but still had enough gas in the tank to pull out the win in the 200.  He is a tough kid, and this race shows it.  
  • Brayden Patton smashed his previous PR in shot put, by posting a throw of 42' 2.5", to take 3rd after being seeded 11th coming into the meet.
  • The 300 hurldles once again saw Smith and Saylor go 1-2. 36 points today, between these two in the hurdle races.  That is huge for the team scoring.
  • In vault, Eli and Evan both matched their PR, which we have not seen every time out.  Both are on the verge of new PRs, which is a good feeling heading into sectionals. 

 5/19/15IHSAA GIRLS SECTIONAL, at BHSN

 I was very proud of our girls.  Amber Vecrumba was very consistent in her early jumps, which gave her the win, because she didn't miss at any height unitl 5'1".  Elizabeth Conway did what she needed to do.  She is still battling an injury, but she is getting better every week.  Finally Taylor Acuff had a great night in Disc.  She PR'd by over 8 feet and was able to qualify for Regionals.  I am very proud of all three of these girls.  We are also still waiting to see if Mallory Fisher will qualify in the 300 hurdles as well.  She got fourth, but I believe her time will allow her to advance to regionals.
 5/21/19  IHSAA BOYS SECTIONAL, at BHSN

Boys Team 3rd Place, Moves to 35-12 to finish full-team scoring for season.  (.744 win %)

Boys Highlights: 
  • 7 Guaranteed Regional qualifiers, with a few on the bubble. 
  • Austin Smith double sectional champion in 110 Hurdles 15.05 and 300 Hurdles 41.21
  • Levi Beyers sectional champion in 100m Dash 11.13
  • Saylor advances in 110s with a 3rd place finish, in 15.25
  • 4x800 of Harrison Cottingham, Zach Kovach, Denver Ayedlott, and Hank Phillips advance in 3rd place (8:31.24) 
  • Rhett Blake advances in 400m Dash 50.49, which set a new PR for him.  
  • Brandon Fleener advances in Disc 139-06 in a tightly contested battle for the #3 spot.
  • Eli Housel and Evan Simmonds set new PRs tonight in pole vault, 10-10 and 9-10 respectively.  
  • Brayden Patton went over 41 ft for the second meet in a row, ending his season on a high note. 
It was great to see such a solid performance from our guys tonight, in a lot of different areas.  It is down to crunch time now though, and we still have some work to do to have a shot at our next step, which is Regionals next Thursday.  We will be back at it this week, with this crew, and hopefully a few others will get the callback to extend their seasons another week. 

UPDATE:  After results from the other three sectionals are posted, we can get an idea of where guys might be seeded.  Keep in mind that these are my preliminary readings of it, and is nothing official (which we likely wont have until Saturday).

My initial Summary of Regional Qualifiers: 
  • 4x800: #8.  Looks like they made the fast heat.
  • 100m Dash: Levi looks like the #1 seed.
  • 110 Hurdles: Austin looks like the #1 seed, Mason looks like the #3
  • 400 Dash: Rhett looks like the #2 seed.
  • 300 Hurdles: Austin looks like the #4 seed, Mason looks like the #10
  • 800m Run: Hank looks like the #10 seed...after getting 6th in our Sectional
  • 4x400: #7. Looks like they made the fast heat.
  • Discus: Brandon looks like the #5 seed, making the top flight.

 5/28/15IHSAA BOYS REGIONAL, at BHSN

Boys Team places 3rd out of 28 schools reporting a scoring event. 

Man, what a night!  All week (and all season) we have talked to the guys about controlling what we can control.  If we handle our business, and take care of the things that are in our control (namely our approach and our effort), then whatever the results are, we can live with that.  We  saw that approach pay off tonight, seeing six events and 8 guys advance to the IHSAA State Finals next Saturday.  Congratulations to these guys, because they have worked incredibly hard to extend their season one more week, to have a chance to compete at our state's highest level. 

THE MUSTANGS HAD 3 REGIONAL CHAMPIONS TONIGHT
  • Levi Beyers-100m Dash Regional Champion:  (11.23) The recognition that Levi has gotten outside of our own team has not done really done him justice.  He's so steady in what he does, and he's not flashy and I feel that he gets overlooked sometimes. All he does is come in every day and brings it.  Never backs down, never backs off.  I would really have to dig to find a really bad 100m time for him this year.  Each time out, he is right down there in the low 11s.  That is how he approaches his workouts on a daily basis.  Because of that approach he has gotten better each year, and he is consistently racing right at the front, in the fast heat at every meet we go to.  

  • Austin Smith-110m Hurdles Regional Champion: (15.11) Smith has wanted this for a long time.  What a race! South's Zack Pederson pulled ahead w/ 3 hurdles to go, and Smith fought back.  Hats off to Pederson, for sure, but Smith stepped up big time under the gun.  In such a short race, if you lose a lead like that, it can really throw you off, but Austin never wavered.  Just kept grinding it out and hit the ground after each of those final few hurdles in a full sprint.

  • Rhett Blake-400m Dash Regional Champion: (50.49)  Rhett was on a mission from the gun, and came out of the blocks smoking!    I just really felt like he expected to win today, and was running with that singular focus.  North's Bryce Frazier is a fast kid, and Rhett knew he wouldnt quit.  He was mentally prepared for a fight down to the finish today, and that is exactly what he got.  Going out like he did, I have to believe it put a little pressure on Frazier to reach a little earlier in the race than he normally does.  Rhett took advantage of that, and fought coming off the curve to bring it home.  
OTHER STATE QUALIFIERS
  • 4x800 Relay (Harrison Cottingham, Zach Kovach, Denver Ayedlott, Hank Phillips): (3rd place-8:23.74) These guys came in seeded 8th, just barely making the fast heat.  Knew they had their work cut out for them to do something we havent done in six years, but we also knew they are capable of more than what we saw last week at Sectional.  At WIC, this team ran an 8:24 to win that, but still felt like there was more there.  Each guy today ran exactly the race they needed, to extend their season another week.  Harrison ran his strongest race of the season (2:05 split) to lead us off and keep us in contention.  Kovach (2:10 split) as a freshman is really getting some great experience here.  Denver is a kid we made a switch on this season, and he is starting to figure out the 800 now.  Not only was his 2:06 split his best he's ever run, but his implementation of racing strategy has grown by leaps and bounds.  He made some moves to get from 6th to 3rd in the last 300meters, that were really important today to give Hank the baton in third.  That move really put some pressure on the anchor leg for the #4 and 5 teams, as those guys had to go out a little quicker than they probably wanted, which took their kick away.  Then in anchor leg, Hank did what hank does.  He ran a consistent strong race, and finished with a flurry.  When the kids caught and passed him on the first lap he didnt panic.  He just settled in, got ready for the fight then turned it on his second lap.  That being the first event of the meet really kickstarted the night for the rest of the boys.  

  • Brandon Fleener-Disc: (3rd Place-151-03)  Brandon came into the meet seeded 5th.  We knew that advancing would not happen if we only relied on the guys ahead of him slipping.  He knew he would have to step up as well.  His previous PR was 141, but he hit a 148 in prelims to get in third and put pressure on the other guys.  As the pressure mounted in the finals, the other two seeded ahead of him weren't able to get any further.  Once he knew he was in, unleashed a 151 on his final throw.  But the look on his face after the 4th place throw distance was announced was why I love this.  All the work he's put in, all the challenges he's had...not even sure if he was going to be able to compete early in the season.  He has really stuck with it and just keeps getting better. I was really proud of that effort and focus tonight.

  • Austin Smith-300m Hurdles: (2nd Place-40.51) He knew a big run would be needed, and that he would really have to dig in.  Was not sure about it at the start, but man he really closed his last 200 strong, and kept picking people off.  Kinda feel like he just ran out of room on Grissom, but this was a great example of why we never give up in a race.  We just keep fighting like mad, and let the results work themselves out.  
OTHER SOLID PERFORMANCES:
  • Mason Saylor-100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles: (5th-15.77 and 6th-42.08) Mason has come so far this season, and has really grown into a strong hurdler.  Only recently has he started to see what we've seen in him for some time now.  At the start of the season if you told him he would qualify for Regionals and score in the finals, he would have taken it.  But as he has gotten more confident in his abilities, he has raised his standard.  He is a competitor, and it stings to get so close, but I have to believe this is going to be a positive thing for him moving forward.  This kind of night will surely fuel him going into the off season.  And God-willing, I will be looking forward to seeing him get back in this position a year from now, to see how he can learn from this to be even better in the future. 
 6/5/15 IHSAA STATE FINALS, at IU  (Full Official Results Here)

Couldn't be more proud of the guys and their coaches.
  To have the season start with the thousands of kids across the state competing in each of these events, it really is an incredible feat to be among the 27 finalists competing on this one day.  Every season there are guys who are "supposed" to do this or that, but still only 27 find themselves on the starting line, or stepping into the ring on that last day of the season.  No one in our group took anything for granted at WIC or Sectional or Regional...but no one here backed down when guys on other teams were "supposed" to beat them at any step of the way.  Common thread with our guys today: They did what they came to do.  None of our guys caved or buckled under pressure.  They just came in to do what they have done all year, which is prepare with the things that they could control, focus on their performance and their effort, while the results work themselves out.  It is a formula that has worked all season, and we were not about to change that up at the biggest meet of the year. The result was that we had a night filled with results that we can live with, and great memories these guys will have for the rest of their lives. 

 RESULTS: (IN ORDER OF COMPLETION)

4x800: Seed 27, Place 27-Guys ran hard, w/ effort.  Just a few seconds off the teams fastest of the season.  6 weeks ago, these guys were struggling to crack 9:00, and making it to the state finals was not a realistic conversation we were ready to have.  Meant a lot for Hank to have a chance to run at that meet, after all he has meant to the distance crew for a number of years.  He has had a really tough season, battling back from injury, and to finally have a chance to compete in this meet really meant a lot.  Younger guys got a great experience that hopefully they can build on for future seasons.

 Brandon Fleener (Disc): Seed 22, Place 15- At one point this season we weren't sure if he was going to be able to even compete.  Hes shown up worked his tail off,  and kept getting better as the season went along.  3 or 4 weeks ago, if you would have told him he would have ended up 15th in the state, he would have taken it, no questions.  After his final throw, you could tell that even though he has reason to be proud, there was the slightest hint of competitive frustration.  I believe he knew that there was one in there that might have gotten him to the finals. We just have to look at what he did accomplish though.  The heat of the day and the pressure of the meet really got to a lot of the guys at this meet.  He kept his focus and composure and ended up just a few feet shy of his PR, on a day that many many others were 15-20 ft down. 

 Levi Beyers (100mDash): Seed 27, Place 20-Really ran a fantastic race.  Was actually 4th in his preliminary heat after being seeded 8th.  But he caught bad break of a timing error that likely cost him a few positions, and a better time.  There was an error with the video review, and they had to go to hand times, which had to be converted up.  He and the other two that were close to him all had a hand time that rounded up to 11.1, then 0.24 added to that, giving them all the same official time of 11.340.  Tough break, but those are the rules and is something that is out of our control.  Even with that happening, he ended up 7 spots higher than he was expected based on seed times.  He was a fast kid when he came out as a sophomore, but he has never settled.  He has continually worked to improve every aspect of his racing, with an attention to the smallest detail.

 Austin Smith (110Hurdles): Seed 19, Place 15-Austin has put so much effort into his events, and has legitimately become one of the fastest hurdlers in the state.  The 110s has no margin for pacing or being timid, but it is attack mode the whole time. Finding himself in the preliminary heat with the eventual winner and runner up, he just went about his business, and ran his race.  That competition and his drive saw him run one of his faster races of the season, on a day when some others succumbed to the pressure of being in the state meet.

 Rhett Blake (400m Dash): Seed 22, Place 18-Just barely over a year from when he started running the 400, Rhett found himself among the final 27 guys in the state.  He has been driven from day 1 by an urge to keep getting faster.  After setting a new PR in the regional meet (50.49) to win that title, he still had a goal in mind, which was to get under 50 seconds to set a new school record.  His confident, aggressive start coupled with a drive down the finish saw him accomplish that.  He set the new school record at 49.93 in his final lap as a high school student-athlete.

 Austin Smith (300mHurdles): Seed 22,  Place 18-In our final race of the night...and probably a bit buoyed by watching Rhett run the 400, Smith went out to run the best race hes ever run in the 300s.  Aggressive from the gun, 1st over the 1st hurdle, and the first coming off the curve.  Stumbled a bit out of the curve, but never quit.  B/c of his aggressive start and fight down the stretch, he ended his final HS race with a new PR.

  

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