Eagles finish second, fourth at Arnold Invite
Blede breaks school shot record.
ARNOLD—The Eagle boys racked up plenty of team points in the field events Friday at the Arnold Invite.
After earning nine places in the six field events, Brady coach Rich Britten thought his boys were doing pretty well.
“They never once announced any team standings along the way so unless you were keeping track of all the events as they went along, you wouldn’t know where we stood,” he said.
It wasn’t until the final event was ended that Britten knew the boys finished second.
“I knew we’d score heavily in the field events,” Britten said. “I guess we finished in enough right places in the running to come in second in the team standings.”
Burwell took the team title with 110 points followed by Brady with 77 and Mullen at 63.
The Eagle boys earned three gold medals including Corbin Blede’s first in the shot as he set a new school record.
Blede, a senior, had several throws in at 49 feet or slightly better during the preliminary flights to lead the slate into finals.
“Corbin has been hovering over 49 feet all spring,” Britten said. “He finally got the throw he wanted in the finals.”
Blede threw 50 feet, 5.25 inches to surpass the previous school record of 50-1.25 set by Joel Popkin in 1971.
“Now he just has to keep working to get better,” Britten said.
Brad Ward also earned an individual gold in the high jump and the 4x800 relay of Tyrel Grasz, Cole Viter, Lincoln Blede and Dalton Riedel shaved another four seconds off their time to win the event in 9:13.8.
On the girls side, the Eagles finished in fourth place with 65 team points. Burwell was a double winner, taking first in the girls team race with 106 points.
“We don’t really have many girls out for track,” Britten said. “To finish fourth with limited numbers is really good for us.”
Sophomore Courtney Widick earned the only gold medals of the day for the Eagle girls.
She won the 800-meter dash in 2:40 and took first in the long jump with a distance of 14-10.5.
“We’ve still got some room to grow,” Britten said.
The Eagles will attempt to improve performances Friday when they travel to the Sutherland Invite.
Britten said the meet is Class C and D schools and offers Brady a look at some different competition. Field events are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. with running events starting at 1:30 p.m.
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