So in case you haven’t heard, THE 2016 INDOOR SEASON HAS OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF! Technically we’ve had two meets so far, but we will just compress the results into one fantastic write up as both meets featured smaller squads.
The first meet of the season kicked off with a crew including throwers Hayley Morse, Claire Oterro, Andrew Galloway, Taylor Oppedyk, and multi-eventer Tiana Thomas. What was anticipated to be a rust busting meet quickly turned into a record breaking spectacle. On the throws side of the stadium, the record book was nearly rewritten as Hayley Morse claimed a pair of records. In the weight throw, Morse established the new record with a heave of 12.26 meters. Not finishing the meet quietly Morse also threw a National A mark qualifier and new school record of 13.35m in the shot put! On the men’s side of the throws, Andrew Galloway tackled the 6 year record in the weight throw with a toss of 13.98 meters. Getting a little energy to the track portion of the facility, Tiana Thomas made her presence felt in the pentathlon. With an overall promising performance, Thomas pushed through the five events and snuck by the long standing pentathlon record of Emily McCutchan. Thomas’ effort in the 800m (2:19) pushed her past the former record by 6 points for a total of 3,295. The better news? Thomas left some points on the track. The overall performance of these three athletes (Morse, Galloway, and Thomas) earned them Red Lion-Cascade Conference Athletes of the Week awards.
The following weekend, more of the Yote crew was unleashed on the track. This meet featured nearly a complete showing of the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and throws squads (distance and middle distance were kept in the cupboard for a later date). Maintaining the energy established in the first meet, these squads brought the energy again.Not happy with her previous school record in the weight throw, Hayley Morse decided to push the mark a little further with a heave of 14.23, adding nearly 2 meters to her previous best! Continuing the great showing of field event athletes, Joseph Bolin picked up nearly where he left off last year with a vault of 4.50m. After establishing a new school record, Bolin took three swings at the National B mark of 4.65m. Narrowly missing the mark each time, Bolin showed promise for the first meet of the season.
On the track the highly anticipated showing of the sprints crews lived up to the hype. On the women’s side, Tiana Thomas continued adding to her handful of NAIA qualifying marks. Thomas blew by the previous 600m time by over 2 seconds and set a new record of 1:34.53. On the men’s side, there were a number of notable performances. One performance topping the list was Malik Whitfield with a blazing 60m time of 7.13 seconds, narrowly missing Mike Hurd’s record of 7.11 seconds. Adding to the sprinter debut was Tyler Higby who ran the 200m in a fiery 22.37 seconds. If not for the small technicality of a lane violation, Higby would have established a new school record by over half a second (who needs lanes anyways?). Adding to their collection, Tiana Thomas and Hayley Morse both received Red Lion Players of the Week awards for the second week in a row.
It looks like the hype this year is the real deal! This weekend (2/5-2/6) we will get an even better idea of how the teams are looking as the middle distance and distance squads will be taken off the shelf and let onto the track. If you’re in the area and looking for something to do this weekend the meet kicks off at 1:30pm on Friday and 9:10am on Saturday.