Domination: Boys Track Team Finishes Season Undefeated with Big Win Over Rival Bellwood-Antis

Back Row- Zach Slate, Ricky Reader, Cullen Raftery, Jeff McNelis. Middle Row- John Chronister, Adam Zook, Carly Crofcheck, Marlena Wagner, Bella McCracken. Front Row- Draven Fisher, Matt Wilson, Nick Bonsell, Larry Kobuck, Sean Isenberg, Scott Goss, Will Lash, Erika Voyzey. Missing from picture- Emily Beam.

Coming into yesterday’s meet, the boys Golden Eagle track team had not beaten Bellwood-Antis in over a decade. That all changed yesterday with a resounding 104-46 victory for the boys team to culminate an undefeated season for the second year in a row.

After a dramatic tie last season broke the decade old losing streak against Bellwood, the boys have been looking forward to the opportunity to notch a win all season long.

“They got what was coming to them,” said senior runner Adam Zook following the victory, “Disrespect is always met with defeat, and they learned that today. I’m happy that my last home track meet was a win that broke a losing streak that went on for far to long. You couldn’t write up a better ending.”

Zook took first in the 400 meter dash and second in the 800 meter. He was joined by the team of Isaac Woomer, Zach Kohler and Joe Kohler in the 3200 relay that won convincingly and set the tone for the blowout that was to come.

They got what was coming to them. Disrespect is always met with defeat and they learned that today. I’m happy that my last home track meet was a win that broke a losing streak that went on for far to long. You couldn’t write up a better ending”

— Senior Adam Zook

Joe Kohler had a day to remember, as he won every event he competed in last evening. He bested his teammate Zook in the 800 and was followed closely by his brother Zach in the 1600 and 3200 runs.

J. Kohler was extactic after his herculean effort on the track, “I was really happy I was able to maintain a high competition level after running four events. I was surprised that I ran the 800 as well as I did because I hadn’t ran it since middle school.”

Cullen Raftery was a double winner in the triple jump and long jump, leaping a new personal best of 20’1.5″ in the long jump. His vault of 10’6″ was good enough for second behind teammate Brandon Loose, who also cleared the same height. Jumper Jake Meredith took second in the long jump and fellow jumper Michael Lewis jumped a new personal best of 40’0.5″ for a second place finish in the long jump. Lewis also cruised to a victory in the 110 meter hurdles at 17.69.

Parker Mitchell was double winner in the 100 and 200 meter dashes at 11.37 and 23.58 respectively. Will Lash followed closely behind in both races, taking second in the 100 and third in the 200. Lash completed his day with an impressive victory in the 300 meter hurdles.

Not to be outdone, the Golden Eagle throwers came up big when it mattered most. They swept both shot put and discus, taking the top three in both events before finishing second and third in javelin. Ricky Reader won the shot put at 42’7.5″ and Jeff McNelis won the discus with an impressive toss of 123’6.5″.

“I’m so proud of my teams effort, boys and girls both,” said Head Track Coach Chris Shedd, “I spoke to Bellwood’s coach after the meet and he told me he couldn’t remember the last time a team scored 100 points on them. Today was just a resounding success.”

The girls team lost a close contest with the Lady Blue Devils 79-71. Erika Voyzey took first in the high and long jump by convincing margins. Makenzie Stauffer won the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles and was followed closely by teammate Payton Wagner in both events. Shaniah Lowery won the shot put, Rebekah Schleppy won the discus and Carly Crofcheck took first in the javelin.

This marks back to back undefeated season for the boys team, also repeating as Mountain League Champions. The girls team made great strides this year as they finished at 4-4 on the season. Both teams will gear up now as the dual meet season ends and highly competitive invitationals lie ahead.

I’m so proud of my teams effort, boys and girls both. I spoke to Bellwood’s coach after the meet and he told me he couldn’t remember the last time a team scored 100 points on them. Today was just a resounding success”

— Head Track Coach Chris Shedd