LEON – Central Decatur took advantage of being at home for their Class 1A state qualifying track meet May 10, earning numerous slots at Drake for the coming weekend.
Cauy Spidle broke his own school record twice in a matter of minutes, setting a new personal record height of 6-7 on the high jump. Moments later, he cleared 6-8 in his second attempt, once again raising the bar on his own record-setting mark.
“It was unreal. It’s a big difference going from the not really short heights to going way up there,” said Spidle.
Spidle was unable to clear 6-9, but seemed optimistic that it was a mark he could clear in the future.
The junior uttered just two words when it came to his own expectations at the state track meet this weekend.
Spidle will get his shot to do just that Friday morning at 9 a.m.
In another field event Cole Pedersen outjumped the field to earn himself an automatic bid to the blue oval.
Pedersen, a sophomore nearly eclipsed 21 feet, landing in the sand at 20 feet, 10.5 inches, sett a new PR mark for himself as well.
“It felt really good. I knew it was my farthest,” said Pedersen.”Going in I don’t even think I was in first, but I was in a comfortable lead after that.”
His jump bested second place by well over a foot.
“I’m just hoping to get 21. If I get 21, I’ll be pretty content. I’m still competing for first, but trying to get up to that little mark,” said Pedersen.
Elsewhere, the Cardinals boys and girls shuttle hurdle relays locked up automatic qualifications for the blue oval winning their respective races.
The boys unit, consisting of Tyler Davis, Carter Boothe, Spidle and Pedersen recorded a first-place time of 59.69. According to quikstats.com the sub-one minute time is the fastest in Class 1A run this season.
Pedersen, Boothe, Spidle and Grant Atwood also grabbed an at-large slot in the 4x100 with a time of 45.10.
The girls team breezed its way to a shuttle hurdle victory as Emma Atwood, Riley Bell, Lydnsey Dale and Maizee Lindsey in a time of 1:09.37.
Their time is also a top-three time in Class 1A, according to quikstats.
Emma Atwood and Riley Bell both qualified their way to state in other events as Atwood picked up an automatic spot in the high jump, clearing 5-4.
As a high jump qualifier for the Drake Relays, Atwood has some experience jumping at the blue oval.
“I’m way more consistent this year. I’m clearing 5-4 in most of my meets. ... Hopefully have a better jumping day once we are up there,” Atwood said.
Though she hasn’t done it yet in a meet, Atwood has cleared 5-6 in practice, giving her a dash of confidence heading into the final weekend of the season.
“It’s pretty good to know I have 5-6 in me. It just depends on the day and maybe once that adrenaline rush happens at state we can make it happen there,” said Atwood.
The two also finished 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles with Atwood earning the automatic slot in 16.22 and Bell gaining an at-large qualification in 16.57.
Bell earned an at-large nod in the long jump also, clearing 15-9.75.
Pedersen had had a shot at winning in the 110 meter hurdles outright, but clipped a hurdle late slowing him down just enough to take second.
“I caught him back up and then I hit one,” Pedersen said after the race. “Possible make it to state, but who knows.
The sophomore will get his chance in the 110 hurdles as his final mark of 15.73 will give him a chance to run a clean race at Drake this weekend.
Davis also picked up an at-large big in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.86, finishing just off the pace of Pedersen.
As a team, both the Central Decatur boys and girls squads finished in third, ending the day with 88 and 76 points, respectively.
Murray breaks a 30-year old school record
The Lady Mustangs continued to find ways to earn points all over the docket, just like they have done all year.
Megan Keller’s third place finish in the 200 meter dash (28.52) is Murray’s best chance at sending an individual to the state race, but the freshman will be on the outside looking in.
The Murray girls garnered fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays on its way to a tie for seventh in the team standings with 46 points.
In the 4x200, Emma Decker, Macy Greif, Zoie Lecy and Megan Keller set a new school record of 1:56.48, breaking the previous record set in 1988.
“First time those four had run together was on Monday and they were three-tenths of a second off the school record and kind of blew it away tonight,” said head coach Keith Shields.
Kylie Shields, a senior, picked up more team points with a seventh place finish in the 1,500 meter run and a sixth place result in the 3,000.
“Overall, we’ve been pretty happy with how the season has gone. We’ve had a really solid team,” said Shields. “A lot of these young girls got an idea tonight of what they’re going to have to do to get to Drake.”
Hailey Chew and Emma Decker each picked up a third place finish as well in the long jump and shot put, respectively.
On the boys side, freshman Colton Siefkas helped lead the Mustangs to 14 team points with a sixth place result in the 1,600 meter run, slashing his PR by nearly 10 seconds and a fifth place finish in the 3,200.
The Mustangs distance medley unit of Siefkas, Chance Lecy, Cole Lecy and Damien Kitner grabbed a fifth place finish in 4:17.95.