Last season, the Tiger Track and Field Team over-performed in the State Meet. Heading into the day, they were predicted to finish 13th, but had a stellar performance and finished 6th overall. This year, the Tigers are poised to win their first state title since 2003. The Tigers are led by a large group of seniors, something they did not have the benefit of last year. They are rounded out by a strong class of juniors. As the first official meet of the year approaches, how does the Tiger Track and Field stack up this year?
The Tigers lose a major contributor from last year’s team in the form of Matthew Thomas. Thomas was one of the top runners in the State of Kentucky and has gone on to run at UK this year. In the State Meet, he placed 2nd in the 1600 and 6th in the 800.
This year, however, the Tigers still return the vast majority of their scorers from the State Meet. Headlined by senior Ryan Guenthner, juniors Patrick Schaefer and Cooper Marchal, and sophomore Zach Larkin. All four of these guys are coming off of a terrific Cross Country season in which they went to Nationals, and are ready for a big season on the Track.
Last season, Guenthner finished 7th overall in the 3200 and Schaefer finished 5th. While Cooper Marchal did not run in the 3200, he will vie for a top two spot this season, but look for these three guys to be interchangeable in the event. Zach Larkin placed 6th in the 1600 last season as a freshman, for look for him to make some noise this season,
Outside of this top group, sophomore Grady Shiftlet is coming off a big cross country season and looks to carry that momentum into track. Shiftlet is a strong 800m runner and will be a dark horse to make it to the state meet this year.
The Tigers have the strongest group of sprinters they have had in quite a few years. They will not lose a single person who competed in Regions last year.
Leading the charge for the sprinter group will be seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg. Both Masterson and Garr have four years of Varsity experience and have a relatively good shot of making state in the individual 100 and 200. Last season, Masterson placed 5th in Regions in the 200, while Garr placed 7th in Regions in the 100. On the other hand, Goldberg will be an all-around runner, who can run in the 100, 200, and 400.
Past these three guys, there is a slew of runners who could step up in the individual events. In the 100, sophomore Nick Erwin is looking for a big campaign. In the 200 and 400, guys like seniors Tanner Boling and James Bryant, junior Brock Mayer, and sophomores Beck O’Daniel and Clay Erwin all want to compete for individual spots in these events.
The Track and Field team returns every major contributor in the field events from last season. In the Jumps, senior Max Masterson leads the way. Last season, Masterson placed 8th in Long Jump at State, and is currently in the Top 3 for returning jumpers in Class AAA. Along with Masterson in the long jump, the high-flying sophomore Nick Erwin is looking to make some noise and is a dark-horse to make state this year in the event.
In the High Jump, Jax Goldberg and Nick Erwin will compete. In his first season, Goldberg qualified for the State Meet in the event and tied for 11th. His PR last year was 6’0″ and if he can improve on that, will easily score in the event this year.
In the Pole Vault, senior Barry Banta returns after missing all of his junior season with a back injury. During the Indoor Season, Banta came back and already tied his PR of 12’0″. Banta will be one of the top vaulters in the State and has said that anything less than being State Champion would feel like a disappointment.
Lastly in the Throws, seniors G.J. Wellinghurst and Justin Voelker lead the group. Wellinghurst has a great chance at placing in the Top 5 if not the Top 3 of the shotput this year. He placed 3rd in Region in his first year of competition and did not make the state meet, but with another year under his belt, has the capability of throwing around the 50 foot mark which should place him into Top 3 contention.
St.X has been known to bust out some of the top hurdlers in the State of Kentucky. This year will be no different. After losing current hurdler for the University of Indianapolis Dallas Ford to graduation, a few guys are looking to step up this year.
Those two foremost guys will be senior Jonny Dumuolin and sophomore Beck O’Daniel. While Dumuolin is sounder in form and rhythm, O’Daniel is the faster of the two. However, both of these guys are poised to make it to the State Meet in the 110m Hurdles and the 300m Hurdles.
Dumoulin is the only hurdler returning from the State Team last year. In the 300m hurdles, he placed 19th overall, but with a lot of the top guys leaving after graduating, Dumoulin will be in contention to score some points for the Tigers.
While O’Daniel may have not competed in either events last year, he has already shown that he is making strides in both events and has the ability to score points in State as well.
While the Tigers may never have the fastest individual guys, you can bet on them scoring points in every relay. This season, the Tigers are poised to place at least in the Top 5 in the 4×800, 4×400, 4×200, and 4×100 relays. On all four relays, they only lose two seniors in Cole Bollinger (4×800) and Matthew Thomas (4×400).
One year removed from St.X’s state record 4×800 team, the Tigers replaced every guy in their lineup. While Thomas was on the team, it was hard to replace Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George, and William Mulloy all at the same time.
This year, however, the Tigers return three guys from last year’s team who placed 5th in the State Meet. Ryan Guenthner, Grady Shiftlet, and Nick Poole all return for the Tigers, and will contend for a top spot in the State.
The 4×400 team, who placed 8th last year, loses Matthew Thomas, but the team has a lot of depth in the 400 this year. Returning runners for the relay include Ricky Garr, Jonny Dumuolin, and Beck O’Daniel. However, due to their depth, look for guys to change in and out through the year. Brock Mayer, Jax Goldberg, and Tanner Boling will all compete to be apart of that relay.
To round out the bunch, the 4×200 and 4×100 Relay teams return all four of the same guys in the event. Seniors Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, and Jax Goldberg, along with sophomore Beck O’Daniel are looking to improve on their finishes from last year. In the 4×200, the foursome placed 5th, while in the 4×100 they placed 9th. Depending on the events that O’Daniel performs in, he may be ousted in place of sophomore Nick Erwin, but there is not a drop off between the two.
There are not many other teams in the state that can boast the all-around team strength that St.X has this year. Yes there are some strong team’s in the sprint sides (Ballard and Central) and some strong teams in distance (Manual); overall, St.X’s main competition will come from Paul Dunbar and that team on Shelbyville Road.
The Distance team is coming off of a National-caliber cross country season, while the sprinters are the most well-rounded the team has had in years. The Hurdlers have the ability to make some noise, and almost all the field events have the possibility to score some major points. I believe it is safe to say that the 2017 Tiger Track and Field team has the most realistic shot to win their first state title since 2003.
Next Race: Saturday, March 18th @ CAL
The Tiger Track and Field team captured their 3rd consecutive Region 3 Championship this past weekend. The Tigers dominated the competition and won the meet by 42 points. The Tigers won with 174 points, Male placed 2nd with 132 points and DuPont Manual finished in a distant 3rd with 67 points.
1) St. Xavier – 174
2) Male – 132
3) DuPont Manual – 67
4) Pleasure Ridge Park – 53
5) Central – 39
Runners Automatically Advancing to State
800 meter run – William Mulloy – 1st (1:56.44)
1600 meter run – Matthew Thomas – 1st (4:24.23)
3200 meter run – Andrew Garvey – 1st (9:58.54)
110 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs – 1st (15.19) and Dallas Ford – 2nd (16.11)
300 meter hurdles – Jaylon Hibbs – 1st (41.70) and Jack Raque – 2nd (41.82)
4 x 100 meter relay team – Jalyon Hibbs, Max Masterson, Ricky Garr and Ben Ruiz – 2nd (44.29)
4 x 200 meter relay team – Max Masterson, Ricky Garr, Patrick Ritter and Owen Johnson – 2nd (1:31.44)
4 x 800 meter relay team – Tyler Just, Michael Porter, Ben Kleine-Kracht and Eli George
Pole Vault – Barry Banta – 2nd (10-00.00)
Shot Put – Jake Glass – 1st (53-07.00) and Evin James – 2nd (46-05.00)
Discus – Evin James – 1st (134-10)
Other results by Tigers
100 meter dash – Sam Mishloney – 12th (11.88) and Ben Ruiz – 15th (11.97)
200 meter dash – Ben Ruiz – 11th (24.10) and Brock Mayer – 13th (24.32)
400 meter dash – Colin O’Daniel – 3rd (50.67) and Brock Mayer – 10th (54.73)
800 meter run – Eli George – 3rd (2:03.44)
1600 meter run – Cole Bollinger – 3rd (4:36.34)
3200 meter run – Patrick Schaeffer – 3rd (10:16.14)
4 x 400 meter relay team – Colin O’Daniel, Patrick Ritter, William Mulloy and Eli George – 3rd (3:27.69)
High Jump – Zac Rapp – 4th (5-04.00)
Long Jump – Max Masterson – 3rd (20-03.50)
Triple Jump – Mike Ervin – 4th (40-00.50) and James Bryant – 13th (34-06.50)
Discus – Jake Glass – 5th (118-03)
Kentucky High School State Track Meet – University of Kentucky – Saturday, May 23rd
The Tiger Track and Field team participated in the Male Invitational on Wednesday night and left with a 2nd place showing.
1) North Hardin – 142
2) St. Xavier – 90
3) Male – 78
4) Eastern – 74
5) Pleasure Ridge Park – 55
Results for Tigers
100 meter dash – Ricky Garr (11th – 11.63), Sam Mishloney – (23rd – 12.05), Jonathon Coats (28th -12.30), Joe Butler (33rd – 12.76)
200 meter dash – Brock Mayer (19th – 24.32), Jonathon Coats (26th – 25.02), Sam Mishloney (28th – 25.63)
400 meter dash – Patrick Ritter (3rd – 52.64), Brock Mayer (6th – 54.23)
800 meter run – Ben Kleine-Kracht (2nd – 2:01.45), Clint Sherman (15th – 2:12.59), Johnny Vaughn (17th – 2:14.35)
1600 meter run – Tyler Just (2nd – 4:36.86), Eli George (3rd – 4:42.12), Joey Schrepferman (10th – 4:53.17), Jacob Young (11th – 4:56.06), Cooper Marchal (16th – 4:59.86), Andrew Edwards (18th – 5:05.48)
3200 meter run – Patrick Schaeffer (1st – 9:55.96), Cole Bollinger (2nd – 9:56.80), Henry Geisler (3rd – 10:03.75), Eric Portaro (15th – 10:41.08), Nick Grove (16th – 10:42.07), Brennan Schaeffer (17th – 10:47.56), Ken Barlow (24th – 11:33.01)
110 meter hurdles – Dallas Ford (5th – 16.88), Jack Raque (8th – 17.36), Johny Dumoulin (12th – 18.42)
300 meter hurdles – Jack Raque (2nd – 42.31), Owen Johnson (5th – 43.35), Dallas Ford (12th – 45.14), Johny Dumoulin (13th – 46.56)
4 x 100 meter relays – Max Masterson, Sam Mishloney, Ricky Garr and Ben Ruiz (12th – 45.74)
4 x 200 meter relays – Owen Johnson, Max Masterson, Patrick Ritter and Jonathon Coats (8th – 1:35.10)
4 x 400 meter relays – Eli George, Patrick Ritter, James Bryant and Nick Poole (5th – 3:36.72)
4 x 800 meter relays – Clay Meiers, Michael Porter, Nick Poole and Clint Sherman (3rd – 8:43.47)
High Jump – Mike Ervin (9th – 5-04.00), Zac Rapp (10th – 5-02.00)
Pole Vault – Barry Banta (4th – 10:06.00)
Long Jump – Max Masterson (3rd – 19:06.50), Ricky Garr (12th – 18-00.50)
Triple Jump – James Bryant (10th – 37-06.00)
Shot Put – Evin James (3rd – 46-05.75), Joe Fisher (5th – 43-02.75)
Discus Throw – Evin James (4th – 115-07), Joe Fisher (9th – 108-05)
Kentucky Dream Mile – Saint Xavier High School – Friday, May 1st, 2015
Part two in a 5 part series previewing the 2015 St. Xavier Track and Field Tigers: Field Events
WHERE DID THEY FINISH LAST YEAR?
Discus – Jake Glass (7th)
High Jump – Colin O’Daniel (20th)
Long Jump – Blake Isaacs (4th)
Pole Vault – David Flynn (13th)
Shot Put – Jake Glass (2nd), Stephen Gray (7th)
Triple Jump – Lucas Miller (5th at Region)
Discus – Jake Glass (SR), Michael Richards (SR)
High Jump – Colin O’Daniel (JR)
Long Jump – Max Masterson (SO)
Shot Put – Jake Glass (SR)
Triple Jump – James Bryant (SO)
Senior Jake Glass will lead the field events this season, as he finished 7th in Discus and 2nd in the Shot Put last spring at state. If the Tiger Track and Field team wins their first state title since 2003 this year, Glass will be a huge reason why. With a couple of seniors from other schools graduating and moving on from high school discus, Glass has a huge opportunity to improve on that 7th place finish last season.
“It was a long offseason, and I’ve already done what it takes to be competing for the gold medal,” Glass said. “Once my competition rhythm is back, the tape will tell the story.”
Last year in the High Jump, Colin O’Daniel finished 20th at the State meet. This year, he will be in contention for a top 8 spot and the ability to score for the team.
“I would say I need to work on my form for one thing,” said O’Daniel. “Also, I need to work on saving my legs. My legs were worn out and I had shin splints during state last year. This year I’ll work on stretching them more. We also have a new high jump coach, and I’m sure he will help me improve.”
In the Long Jump, the Tigers lose Blake Isaacs to graduation, but they return sophomore Max Masterson. Masterson finished 11th in the Region as a freshman last season, and he could make some noise this season. He could be a dark horse to make state this season. There are a lot of young horses in the Long Jump around the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so it will be difficult. He was the 2nd best freshman in Kentucky in the event last year, so expect to hear even more about Masterson in the coming years.
The pole vaulters on St. X lack major experience, as no one on the roster has vaulted at state. This will be an event to watch throughout the season, as it will be interesting to see who steps up and takes the roster spot for Regionals.
Triple Jump will have one member coming back form the Region team last year. Sophomore James Bryant will be vying for a spot in State and an opportunity to score points, a chance St. X did not have in last season’s State Meet.
Glass will also participate in the Shot Put this season. He is coming off a runner-up finish last season in the event, and it will be a great matchup between him and Landon Young of Lafayette, last year’s state champion. It will most likely come down to those two, and if Glass could become an individual champion in the event, those two extra points could go a long way in the team standings.
“I’ve put in just as much, if not more, time than any athlete in this state, and now I’m walking into this season as a different entity,” Glass explained. “I’m stronger, faster and I don’t think anyone in the state can beat me.”
Next up: Hurdles