Eaton’s boys and girls track teams opened their spring season and new track last week by hosting a pair of events.
The Eagles hosted Carlisle in dual meet on Tuesday, April 1, before hosting the new Eagle Relays on Friday, April 4.
Eaton coach Randy McKinney said his program was pleased to finally have the opportunity to share “our new track & field venue with other southwest Ohio schools.”
With the new venue comes a pair of new events.
Eaton now offers the steeplechase and hammer throw during home meets and McKinney believes it could benefit athletes who are looking to compete at the collegiate level.
“In the first two meets we were able to offer the steeplechase as an event along with the hammer throw as additional events. We are only one of two or three schools in Ohio who are able to offer those two events,” McKinney said.
“Our hammer cage, made possible through the generous donation of one family, is a great addition for our throwers. The hammer and steeplechase are events which I am excited to offer our high school athletes at our home meets. College coaches are looking for athletes who know how to throw the hammer and run the steeple, which can only open additional doors for our athletes to compete at the next level.”
Eaton swept the dual meet over the Indians with the boys winning 104-41 and the girls claiming a 103-34 win.
The boys team tied Dayton Dunbar for first place at the Eagle Relays with 90 points. Tri-County North was fifth with 37 points.
Placing first for the Eagles were the 800-meter spring medley of Austin Puckett, Yue Lin, Tyrell David and Zavier Spears; the high jump team of Drew Campbell and Seth Reynolds; the hammer throw duo of Darius Spears and Brandon George; shot put relay of Darius Spears and Troy Morrison.
On the girls’ side, Eaton finished second to Talawanda with 78 points. The Braves tallied 93 points. Tri-County North was seventh with 21 points.
Finishing first was the 3,200-meter relay team of Michelle McKinney, Taylor Broermann, Danielle Newport and Lauren Muncy; the 1,600-meter relay team of Hannah Luther, Kristi Floyd, Michelle McKinney and Floyd; the 300-meter hurdles team of Courtney Smith and Brooke Selby; the shot put team of Madison Bowman and Brittany George.
“The weather was not very cooperative on Friday, but we got through the night. I am excited to get the 2014 season under way and the staff is excited to host the various competitions we have scheduled at Eaton over the next couple of months,” McKinney said.
Eaton was scheduled to compete at the Blazer Relays on Tuesday, April 8, and at the Troy Invitational on Friday, April 11.
Tri-County North was scheduled to run at the Blazer Relays.