The Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern last Tuesday to take on the Huskies in OK Blue conference action.
The meet began with the Hawks competing and getting results from their field event athletes. They finished with 26 out of 36 points, not including the pole vault, after four events. Things didn’t quite go as planned in the running events, as their four relays didn’t post one win during the evening.
After allowing the Huskies to climb back into the contest with those 20 points, the Hawks had their backs to the wall. However, with surprising performances from Casey VanEss in the 100m dash (third), Brandon Sipka in the 400m dash (first), freshman MavRick Cotton in the 300m hurdles (second) and Ilan Cabarello and VanEss in the 200m dash (second and third), the Hawks were in a position to clinch the meet after the 3200m run. Once again, the Hawks were faced with adversity as they finished second and third in the event. That left them with 67 points and the conclusion of the pole vault to come out victorious. Sophomore vaulters Tyler Hindenach and Dalton VanEss pulled through for their team and gained the points needed to win their eighth consecutive meet this year 71-66.
Also recording important points for the Hawks were Derek Ash (first in the shot put and discus); Connor Ackerman (second in the discus), Rylan Ash (second in the shot put and third in discus); Andy DiPiazza (third in the shot put); Aaron Dault (second in the long jump, third in the high jump and two wins in the hurdle races); Kaden Myers (third in the long jump); Nate Jones (second in the high jump); MavRick Cotton (third in the high hurdles); Connor Mora (first in the 1600m and 800m runs and third in the 3200m run); and Aaron Brooks (second in the 3200m run).
“In my 13th year of coaching, I don’t remember ever winning a meet and not winning a relay,” said Coach Jeff Myers. “Losing four relay events usually means disaster for some teams—but not this meet. They didn’t lose their focus, drop their heads or complain about anything. They knew that they had to perform better and did so. The coaches continued to encourage and discuss how they had to compete to keep it rolling. They showed us a lot of guts today,” he remarked.
The track and field team competes on Tuesday when they travel to Comstock Park to take on the Panthers and Sparta in their last OK Blue league meet of the season then hosts the annual Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium on Saturday.