The Red Hawk track and field team continued to stay on top of the OK Blue last week with a 96-41 win over the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. Their league record is now 5-0, while their overall is 8-1. The Hawks began the day by winning four of the five field events and finished the day by winning ten of the remaining twelve events.
“Not a bad night. Statistically, many boys turned in their best performances of the season. This is exactly what we are looking for,” commented Coach Jeff Myers. “As a team, we need to continue to improve as we get closer to the conference and regional meet.”
Leading the Hawks with improved season performances were freshman hurdler Aaron Dault; junior pole vaulter Jake Rickner; sophomore thrower Derek Ash; junior throwers Joe Simon and Trevor Hemry; the 3200m relay team of brothers Conner and Austin Mora, Achrim Tillbrooke, and Alex Bray; freshman distance runner Ethan Menefee; and sophomore distance runner Aaron Brooks.
“We have to continue to focus on working hard to make ourselves better. We cannot look past our next two opponents, Comstock Park and Sparta. They both provide difficult match ups against us,” noted Myers. “The Panthers have some great throwers, a good sprinter, hurdler, and jumpers. Sparta always has a good distance crew; they have two good throwers, the best vaulter in the league, and a league leading high jumper. Plus, Sparta is our biggest rival. We’ll need to be mentally as much as physically prepared,” he added.
On Saturday, the Hawks hosted the eight team Red Hawk Invite. The team format track meet provided three competitors per event. The Hawks battled with Kenowa Hills, who they lost to in the first meet of the season 69-68, throughout the day. After the running events had concluded the last event to finish was the pole vault. After tallying the scores, it was determined that the Hawks had pulled out a four point win.
“I was surprised,” remarked Myers. “At one point, I knew that we were up by seven. But, I knew that Kenowa won the 300m hurdles, the 800m run, and the 1600m relay. I didn’t think we had enough to stay ahead. What a great effort by the team today. We had a school record set in the 800m relay. The team of Ron Fisk, Alex Hemry, Justin Balczak, and James Putnam will now see their names on the record board (1:31.5). This meet isn’t about how many first places you earn, it’s about making sure that you finish a race, beat the guy next to you, and have one clean jump, throw, or vault. Everyone had the opportunity to score today and did,” said Coach.
Top performances included a second by Hank Porter in the long jump; a second place by AJ Olszewski in the pole vault; a first by James Putnam in the 100m dash; a third by the 3200m relay team (Mora, Mora, Bray, and Tillbrooke); a first by Justin Balczak in the 110m hurdles; a second place by the school record setting 800m relay team; a second by Conner Mora in the 1600m run; a second by Blaczak in the 300m hurdles; a second from Putnam in the 200m dash; a second by Mora in the 3200m run; and a second by the 1600m relay team of Austin Mora, Fisk, Balczak, and Tillbrooke.
The Hawks have their last league meet of the season on Tuesday, as they travel to Comstock Park to face the Panthers and Sparta.