Golden Eagles win final tuneup prior to District Indoor Meet
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
Following Saturday’s tune-up meet at Capital University, the Golden Eagles girls indoor track and field team is ready to defend their 2012 Central District Indoor Championship this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Otterbein University.
Joe Evener’s Big Walnut squad, posting 10 top-six finishes, including firsts by Olivia Small in the long jump and triple jump, captured the 65-team meet in Columbus.
“We used this meet as a tune up for the Central district Indoor meet, and I am very pleased with the way the team did,” Evener said, noting that the Golden Eagles were missing two of their “big guns” on the track, Asia Medlock in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay and Bethany Bogantz in the 800 meters. “We were still able to put together enough overall points to distance ourselves from the rest of the competition.”
Big Walnut enjoyed a solid day in the field event competition with two firsts, a second, a tie for fifth and an eighth which produced a school record.
Small captured the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 8¾ inches and the triple jump with an effort of 35–11¾.
Jordan Lyle took second in the pole vault at 9–6 while Leah Thomas placed third in the triple jump with a 32–10 effort. Avery Kerns and Small tied for fifth in the high jump at 4–10. Hannah Griffith placed eighth in the weight throw with a school record 27–7¼.
“I continue to be very impressed at how well our field events are performing,” Evener said. “They are scoring major points in every meet we go to.”
On the track, Big Walnut’s 4x400 meter relay team of Samantha Godby, Addision Shawver, Olivia Daggett and Kerns finished third in 4 minutes, 48.33 seconds. Recording a pair of fourths were Small with a time of 0.27.67 seconds in the 200 meters and Thomas with splits of 0:08.11 and 0:08.04 in the 60 meters. The Golden Eagles’ 4x800 quartet of Medlock, Bogantz, Catie Craig-Bowden and Makenna Hemming placed sixth with time of 11:26.65.
Evener reported that 25 members of the squad were able to get additional experience at the meet.
“We also got 25 girls additional experience, and for me, that is huge at this time of year as we start winding down from the indoor season and gear up for outdoor,” he said “Overall 32 girls got meet experience and were able to compete and improve during the season.”
Meet strategy for Saturday is not complicated for Evener.
“Saturday at the CDI we will line up our top two competitors in each event and see how well we do in defending our title from the past two years,” he said. “I am looking forward to watching the girls, who for the most part have been underclassmen the past few years, step up and compete as the upperclassmen and take over from their predecessors.
“That is what it’s all about. Every year gives us a new team, a new look and a new adventure — maintaining our standards from one year to the next is our goal and challenge. I feel good about the potential this team has shown me so far this indoor season.”