Eaton’s track teams traveled to Troy to compete in the Herb Hartman Invitational last Thursday, April 10.
The 16-team field was very competitive and predominately Division I, along with a few D-II schools, according to Eaton coach Randy McKinney. The Lady Eagles placed 13th in the field while the men’s team placed 11th overall.
“Team placement is not our purpose in attending this meet it is about the competition for our individual athletes. Every event was loaded with some of the top track & field athletes in the state. Our veteran athletes understand what we are doing and know that this type of meet pays dividends later in the season,” McKinney said.
“Our younger athletes competed well and were exposed to some outstanding competition which is what we are after for our athletes.”
Seth Wright placed 2nd overall in the pole vault, Seth Reynolds was 4th in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, Branson Bennett finished 4th in the 2000-meter steeplechase and Zavier Spears 5th in the 400 meter dash.
For the girls, Michelle McKinney placed 1st in the women’s 800-meter run, establishing a new meet record of 2:16.13. Taylor Broermann placed 4th in the 3200 meter run, Madi Bowman 5th in the shotput, and the women’s 400-meter relay team of Courtney Smith, Brooke Selby, Kristi Floyd and Liana Dickerson place 6th overall.
Other Eagle placers included:
Brooke Selby, 7th place – women’s 100 meter hurdles; Courtney Smith, 7th place – women’s 300 meter hurdles; Brittany George, 7th place – women’s shot put; Miranda Lee, 8th place – women’s pole vault; Seth Wright, 8th place – men’s 110 meter hurdles; Brandon George – 8th place – men’s shot put.
“I’m very pleased with the attitude, progress and efforts of our athletes to this point in the season. Our goal is to work toward becoming more competitive each meet out. We are working toward the championship phase of our season, which is why it is important to get a little better each time out,” Coach McKinney said. “Getting better at this point is about each of our athletes learning a little more about his/her abilities and strategies in the various events in which each competes.”
Eaton is scheduled to travel to Twin Valley South for the Durkle Invitational Thursday, April 17.
“The invitational is always highly competitive and a great fit for our athletes early in the season. A few of our athletes will then travel on Saturday to compete in the Kentucky Relays and the University of Kentucky,” McKinney said.