Eisenhower and Youngsville split their annual dual meeting in track & field Monday with the Knights claiming Region 4 victory in the boys event and Youngsville claiming victory in the girls competition.
The Ike boys won by a score of 99-42 while the Lady Eagles emerged a 74-67 victor over Eisenhower.
The girls competition could've gone either way with the score staying close throughout. On this night, however, it would be the Lady Eagles who would come out on top.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
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Youngsville’s Hailee Graham easily clears a hurdle while competing in the girls 100-meter hurdles event during Monday’s track & field meet with Eisenhower at Youngsville High School.
"All season, we've been a couple girls short going into meets and tonight was no different," said Youngsville girls coach John Victor. "I had to juggle the lineup to get some matchups I wanted and it worked out. I was a little worried considering we had to concede a couple of relays, but the girls came through. Our throwers and jumpers really stepped up tonight. They were a big reason we were able to pull this out."
Lady Knights head coach Mike Logue was also happy with the way his throwers performed and was pleased with how close the meet was.
"Basically, it was a dogfight," said Logue. "Of the 17 events that were run, they won nine of them and we won eight of them. It came right down to the end and today just wasn't our day."
Kellie Lindstrom led the way with three wins and Piper Olsen, Mallory Eastman and Katelyn Hall finished with two victories apiece in Monday's team victory. Lindstrom was an individual winner in the 400 and 800 and teamed with Hannah Morris, Olsen and Marissa Byler to win the girls 4X800 relay.
Olsen was a star in the two-mile, winning the 3200 in 13:52 and Eastman swept the hurdles events, winning the 100 version of the event in 17.74 and the 300 version in 51.36.
Both of Hall's victories came in the field with great performances in the discus and javelin. Hall's best toss in the javelin was 92 feet and six and one-half inches and her best discus throw was 70 feet, 10 and one-half inches. Sam Anthony added another field victory for the Eagles, winning the shot put with a throw of 27 feet.
For Eisenhower, the Lady Knights won two relays including the 4X400 and the 4X100 with Taylor Talasky, Holly Chapman, Tara Sleeman and Emily McJunkin. Talasky's big day also featured individual wins in the 100 and 200. Julia Bauer provided the Knights' last victory on the track, winning the mile in 6:05.6.
The Lady Knights swept all three jumping events as well with Bizz Baran winning the long jump, Holly Chapman the triple jump and McJunkin the high jump.
After starting the season with a loss to Titusville, the Eisenhower boys have now clicked off four straight wins and Monday was the latest in a long line of strong performances.
"The more meets we've had, the better things seem to be going for us," said Ike boys coach David Bauer. "Matt Eernisse and Jake VanHouten were strong once again and Jake had four individual wins. Our distance runners also did very well and we were able to defer to some of our younger runners, giving them a chance to go out there and win some events. Nathan O'Brien was also a pleasant surprise in the shot put. He just started throwing a couple weeks ago and is already clearing 40 feet. He's progressing very rapidly."
Youngsville coach Jeff Manelick knew his team was facing an uphill battle against a very deep and very talented Eisenhower club.
"We knew going in they were quite a bit deeper than us on the track," said Manelick. "We had some good showings. The 400 was a close race, Tom Chapman looked really good in the 110 hurdles and Austin (Mechling), Nate (Wilcox) and Mitch (Wilcox) all finished with season bests in the discus."
VanHouten's huge day featured a victory in his top track event - the 300 hurdles - and a sweep in the jumping events. After blazing through the hurdles in 42.26, VanHouten beat all comers in the long jump (18'6), triple jump (39'5 1/2) and high jump (5'6). The Knights' only other field win was O'Brien's victory in the shot.
On the track, the Knights had wins everywhere. Greg Mizak was a three-time winner, claiming the 1600 and 800 as well as the 4X800 relay with Logan Eadie, Derek Lasecki and Ben Perkins. Matt Eernisse won the 200 and 400, Richard Knisley won the 110 hurdles and Devin VanGuilder, Cody McMillen and Anthony Amroski all crossed the finish line at the same time in the 3200.
Rounding out the winners was the 4X400 relay team of Noah VanHouten, Randy Buchanan, Josh Eernisse and Andrew Onoratti.
The Youngsville boys finished the afternoon with three individual wins and one relay triumph. Rocco Gatta won the 100 in 11.81 seconds, Austin Mechling won the discus with a throw of 128 feet, eight and one-half inches and Mitch Wilcox won the javelin by throwing 160 feet, 10 inches. The 4X100 team of Gatta, Tom Chapman, Mike Hamrick and Andrew Tyers won in 48.88 seconds.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday as a busy week of track & field continues. The Knights visit Union City while the Eagles travel to Lawrence Park to face the Iroquois Braves.
Youngsville girls 74, Eisenhower 67
3200 relay: 1. Youngsville (Olsen, Morris, Lindstrom, Byler) 12:29.95
100 hurdles: 1. Eastman (Y) 17.74, 2. A. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Wallin (E)
100: 1. Talasky (E) 14.19, 2. Lindstrom (Y), 3. A. Swartzbaugh (Y)
1600: 1. Bauer (E) 6:05.6, 2. Olsen (Y), 3. Morris (Y)
400: 1. Lindstrom (Y) 1:07.49, 2. Daugharthy (E), 3. Stanko (E)
400 relay: 1. Eisenhower (Talasky, Chapman, Sleeman, McJunkin) 59.39
300 hurdles: 1. Eastman (Y) 51.36, 2. A. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Seamens (E)
800: 1. Lindstrom (Y) 2:40.14, 2. Bauer (E), 3. Daugharthy (E)
200: 1. Talasky (E) 29.84, 2. Stanko (E), 3. Cedrone (Y)
3200: 1. Olsen (Y) 13:52, 2. McMillen (E), 3. L. Swartzbaugh (Y)
1600 relay: 1. Eisenhower
Long jump: 1. Baran (E), 2. L. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Eastman (Y)
Triple jump: 1. Chapman (E) 28'9 1/2, 2. L. Swartzbaugh (Y), 3. Jewell (E)
High jump: 1. McJunkin (E), 2. Seamens (E), 3. A. Swartzbaugh (Y)
Shot put: 1. Anthony (Y) 27'0, 2. J. Talasky (E), 3. Hall (Y)
Discus: 1. Hall (Y) 70'10 1/2, 2. Anthony (Y), 3. Tichinel (E)
Javelin: 1. Hall (Y) 92'6 1/2, 2. Hice (E), 3. Reilly (Y)
Eisenhower boys 99, Youngsville 42
3200 relay: 1. Eisenhower (Mizak, Eadie, Lasecki, Perkins) 10:36.28
110 hurdles: 1. Knisley (E) 18.00, 2. Adams (E), 3. Stein (E)
100: 1. Gatta (Y) 11.81, 2. M. Eernisse (E), 3. Perkins (E)
1600: 1. Mizak (E) 5:23, 2. McMillen (E), 3. VanGuilder (E)
400: 1. M. Eernisse (E) 54.57, 2. Gatta (Y), 3. Perkins (E)
400 relay: 1. Youngsville (Chapman, Hamrick, Gatta, Tyers) 48.88
300 hurdles: 1. VanHouten (E) 42.26, 2. Chapman (Y), 3. Lange (E)
800: 1. Mizak (E) 2:25.69, 2. Amroski (E), 3. McMillen (E)
200: 1. M. Eernisse (E) 24.6, 2. Gatta (Y), 3. Clark (Y)
3200: 1. VanGuilder (E), Amroski (E), McMillen (E) 12:41.47
1600 relay: 1. Eisenhower (N. VanHouten, Buchanan, J. Eernisse, Onoratti) 4:02
Long jump: 1. J. VanHouten (E) 18'6, 2. Chapman (Y), 3. Hamrick (Y)
Triple jump: 1. J. VanHouten (E) 39'5 1/2, 2. Hamrick (Y), 3. Onoratti (E)
High jump: 1. J. VanHouten (E) 5'6, 2. Onoratti (E), 3. Bubbenmoyer (Y)
Shot put: 1. O'Brien (E) 40'4 1/2, 2. N. Wilcox (Y), 3. M. Wilcox (Y)
Discus: 1. Mechling (Y) 128'8 1/2, 2. N. Wilcox (Y), 3. M. Wilcox (Y)
Javelin: 1. M. Wilcox (Y) 160'10, 2. N. Wilcox (Y), 3. Knisley (E)