"Mikel kind of made amends for what happened in the discus by placing third (shot put), which was well ahead of his seed entering the competition," Kramer said. "We had a little bit bad luck in the fact he actually had same distance as second place finisher, but they take second best throws in that case and he was awarded third. It was that kind of night. Garrett Ferguson had a nice night as he made the finals in shot put also but just missed placing. I am excited with our young throwers.
"Jake Keown was seeded in top six in this event (long jump) and he just couldn't get it done," Coach Kramer said. "It was a little disappointing that we couldn't get a decent jump. Jake didn't jump well here last year at sectionals, so I am hoping it was just the track. We host sectionals and he jumps better here. Much like what Mikel Welton did in shot put, Jake did in triple jump. He placed third and was well above his seed place coming in. It was great to see him rebound from long jump and get us those points."
Hatfield was close to a fourth straight pole vault championship, but he was edged out.
"He finished second on misses at a lower height even though both vaulters cleared 13-0," Kramer said. "Luke had a little bit of bad luck. The pole vault was late starting and he got pulled over to the 4 x 1 just as he was ready to vault 13-6. When he came back he was pretty exhausted from race and even though he was tired he still almost made the height. It was just another example of some things that didn't go our way. Freshman Sebastian Smith had trouble with his steps but if he makes 10 ft which he has before he would have gotten a point for us. So we gave up more points in the vault then we should have."