Eddyville track is back in action after a one-year hiatus last season. With a strong core of athletes, and a brand new coach, things are looking up. Here’s a preview of the season, which has began three weeks ago.
Coach: Abi Warren (1st year)
Here at the little school of Eddyville Charter we have a new member to our athletics staff. Abi Warren hails from the small town of Triangle Lake which she stayed for her whole high school and middle school career. She has had a very successful track experience winning state her senior year in 400 meter and obtaining second in the 200 meter. She even holds 2nd place for the fastest Triangle lake girls 100 meter dash proving she has what it takes to be great. All of this success has led her to decide too take over the Eddyville track team that so far she has been doing a great job of. In addition to coaching the track team, she is also our 3rd grade teacher. Let’s hope all of her greatness encourages the team too an awesome season.
Here at Eddyville Charter School we have two High School long distance runners. Their names are Itzel Arizmendi and Rhyan Turner. Both freshman have some experience. Itzel coming off a recent soccer season hoping to keep endurance in the 1500m and the 3000m. And Rhyan Turner coming off of a very strong cross country season and definitely prepared for her long distance runs. Itzel has been to two meets and Rhyan is hoping to compete for the first time. Rhyan has tons of track experience from middle school though, where she competed for Philomath. There is an upcoming meet Thursday April 4th in Saint Paul. Hopefully the girls do good in their distance events.
Sprinters and Jumpers
Isaac Kinion is one of the three sprinters on Eddyvilles High School track team. He runs in the high 12’s to 13’s for his 100m dash and his most recent 200m dash was a 27.49. Isaac last did track as a freshman. Unfortunately he didn't do the 100m his freshman year, but he did do the 200m dash. He clocked in at that with a 28.94 for his PR that year. His PR this year is a 27.49 for the 200m, and his PR for the 100m is 12.98. Isaac’s favorite events are triple jump and long jump. His first jumping event was long jump in 8th grade with a PR of 15’9. Moving onto his next track season is this current year, his junior year. Right now, his PR in triple jump is 36’ 5.5”, and his long jump PR is a 17’ 9”. The team still has five meets left on the season, not including the State Champions meet.
Julianne Burkman is the only pure sprinter girl for the Eddyville Eagles. Her 100 meter time 15.80 seconds and her 200 time is 32.50. She’s improved a ton as the season has gone on so far, and is sure to drop her times even more with lots of practice and experience. She is new to track at our school as she just joined our school this year, right in time for track season.
Keagan Spikes, a 5 foot 9 inch junior, is a big time sprinter and jumper for the Eddyville Eagles track team. Spikes is now in his fourth track season and the first since his freshman year. He broke the Eddyville Charter School record for the triple jump at the most recent meet, with a jump of 40’ 1”. This beat the previous best jump, 38’ 2.5”, which was also held by Keagan. The best 100 meter time and best long jump for the Eagles this year is also done by Keagan. His time for the 100 is 11.94 and his long jump is 18’ 6”.
We have three throwers although one of them only does just one event in throwing. We have two boys and one girl. Our one female thrower only throws javelin and that is freshman Itzel Arizmendi. She has a PR of 38 ft. this season, which is her first season throwing the javelin. For the boys, we have Brier Rariden doing shotput and discus. His PR for shot put 31ft but he's shooting for 40 by the end of the season. His discus pr is 74 ft. Our second male is Payton Rockmore he throws discus and javelin but his record for discus is 77 ft and for javelin its 91 ft.
With many of the throwers being new to the sport, there are few forms on how to throw a shot put and discus to choose from. Both Eddyville throwers use the “barnyard shuffle’. Coach Tom does want the thrower's to continue practicing the spin and the glide but the shuffle is for more inexperienced throwers and will work just fine for now.
Written by Eddyville's own Sports Media Class.