Golden Eagles battle Central, placed sixth at Newark Invite

By Gary Henery

April 9, 2014

Sophomore jumper Isaac Lucas made his first Big Walnut varsity track meet one to remember.

Lucas scored firsts in both the long jump, equalling the sophomore school record with a distance of 22 feet, 2 inches, and high jump (6 feet, 0 inches) in the Golden Eagles’ season opener Tuesday, April 1 with Westerville Central at Golden Eagle Stadium. Big Walnut captured eight events, but fell short in a 75-63 non-conference loss to the Warhawks.

“Issac was incredible in the long jump going 22 feet 2 inches which ties our sophomore record,” Big Walnut jumps coach Mike Ryder said. “Issac is a super strong guy, but when he learns to finesse this event, everyone in Division I should look out!”

Joining Lucas with Golden Eagle firsts were senior Kaden Thompson in the pole vault (11-0), junior Bobby Bogantz in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 0.4 seconds), junior Michael Buckles in the 400 meters (0:54.7), junior Cole Stark in the 300-meter hurdles (0:43.7) and junior Joe Muench in the 800 meters (2:09) taking with 3,200-meter relay relay team (8:52.2).

BIG WALNUT at NEWARK INVITATIONAL — The Golden Eagles, scoring 48 points, placed sixth out of 17 teams at Saturday’s Newark Invitational at Newark High School. Westerville Central, scoring 104 1/3 points, won the meet by a 44-point margin over runnerup Canal Winchester which tallied 60 1/3 points.

The Golden Eagles were paced by their 4x800 relay team of Logan Perry, Bobby Bogantz, Joe Muench and Michael Buckles which finished second with a time of 8 minutes, 34.14 seconds. Kaden Thompson also picked up second-place points, clearing 12 feet, 6-inches in the pole vault to take runner-up honors.

Cole Stark was a steady performer for the Red & Gold, finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles thanks to an effort of 43.12 seconds. Stark was also productive in the field events, finishing in a fourth-place tie in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 — a mark equaling that of teammate Isaac Lucas, who finished sixth due to more misses.

Area schools in the field included Dublin Scioto, tied for seventh with Heath with 39 points, Olentangy Orange 11th with 32 points and St. Francis DeSales 13th with 23 points.