Track with impressive personal bests

By Coach Mike Johnston
Saturday, April 2,  the EPHS boys and girls track teams competed in the Medford Rotary Relays at North Medford’s Bowerman Field.  .

The boys (6th) and the girls(8th) placed  near the middle of the pack.  Most events were contested as relays.  The boys took 3rds in the shot put relay (McFall, Valdivinos, Holmes), the 110 Shuttle Hurdles(Foster, Nesberg, Holmes), and the triple jump relay(Reed, Ash, Nesberg).  Tyrone Holmes personal best shot put mark of 46’7” moved into first place in the district by nearly 5 feet!  Garrett Snow’s 161’0” effort in the javelin maintained his number ranking in the district. 

Hannah Morris’ 98’2” javelin performance moved her into second place in the district standings. Sophomore Casey Johnson’s personal best of 52.19a in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles moved her into 4th in the district. 

The weather cooperated as Eagle Point hosted Grants Pass in a dual meet Tuesday, April 5.  GP dominated  in the team scoring( Boys GP 81- EP 64 / Girls GP 84 -EP 48) but, the Eagles posted numerous season bests.

For the boys, junior Tyrone Holmes continued to improve and is currently ranked number one in three different individual events in the district.  He achieved personal bests in each event and took first places in each.  He put the shot 48’9” for a PR of over two feet.  His teammate Tyler McFall exploded with  a 4 foot improvement to 44’.  Tyrone took first in the 110H 15.34, which moved him into first in the district.  Teammate Aaron Foster took second with a PR of 16.34.  Holmes finished his day with a PR toss of 138’7”, for another first, and another first place mark in the district.  Senior Tyler Van Dyke, who has been battling a sore knee, won both the 1500 and the 3000. Tyler was followed by soph, Blade Rittiman in the 1500, whose PR time of 4:45.5 placed him second.  Sophomore Caleb Ash continued to improve in the 200M  and won the event with a PR time of 24.34. He also took second in the long jump.

Sophomore Casey Johnson led the EP girls with wins in the high jump, triple jump, and the 300H.  The girls  400m relay team( Jazmin Arnspiger, Kim Simpson, Hannah Morris, and Cassie Boykin) dropped their season best time by over a full second to 52.5.  Boykin also won the 200M in a season best of 27.6 .  Arnspiger won the long jump and took second  in the 100M.  Morris hit a season best 101’01” to win the javelin.  Simpson ran a PR 66.65 for a third in the 400M. Senior Kaylee Tuttle ran a PR 18.03 in the 100H as did Freshman Brittany Miller in the 800M(2:48.40).

The Eagles are back in action Tuesday April 12 as they host the Roseburg Indians.  Field events start at 3:30 p.m. , with the first running events starting at 4 p.m.

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