by Don Hiatt
State Indoor results
In the State Indoor meet held at Purdue University last Saturday the Eagles had no one qualify for the finals but had some good numbers. Kyle Mathewson long jumped 20’ and ran the 55 meter dash in 6.81 seconds. Also competing in the long jump was Alex Zolman who jumped 19’ 7”. In the shot put Skylar Greve finished in 20th place with a throw of 41’ 9”, and fouled on his other two attempts. The boys 4×200 relay team placed 11th with a time of 1:38:90.
Heather Monk grabbed a 13th place finish with her throw of 31’ 11” in the shot put. Alex Eyer (12:57) and Rachel Fehring (13:28) placed 20 & 21 in the 3200 meter run. The distance medley team of Peyton Hunsberger (400 m), Haleigh Gross (800 m), Fehring (1200 m) and Eyer (1600 m) finished with a time of 14:30 for tenth place
Boys Track Preview
“Hey! You got to lean, you’re not leaning,” shouts Track Coach Zach Dock, at one of his athletes running the hurdles. He is always teaching and pushing his athletes to dig down to better themselves. Coach Dock is beginning his fourth season as the track coach here at Churubusco.
The sprints were one of the Eagles’ strengths last season led by Mike Hall who graduated last year. Brian Trump (senior), Kyle Mathewson (junior) and Jeremy Forker (junior) look to lead the Eagles in the sprints this season. In the middle distance the Eagles will have Forker, Alex Zolman (sophomore), Josh LeFever (sophomore) and Joe Zumbrun (freshman). Kyle Monk (junior) is expected to be the one to beat in the high jump and with Jordan Hamilton hurt (back) and not expected to return until the end of the season the Eagles will need LeFever and Monk to step in and take over the hurdle responsibilities. Mathewson and Zolman, both State Indoor qualifiers, will lead the long jump for Churubusco.
In the throwing events Karsten Lehner (discus) will be missed but the Eagles have Skylar Greve (senior) and Spencer Conrad (junior) to fill the void. Conrad will come in and replace Lehner, “Busco throws should be better with Conrad and Greve and are looking for more point production out of the throwing events. James Fehring (senior) will set the pace for the distance runners, with strong competition from Conner Hogeston (freshman) and Davon Geiger (freshman).
Again Coach Dock shouts out, “Hey, we got to do another one. Let’s go start at 300, our speeds are not good enough and we need to get better.”
It’s going to be another tight race this season with Fairfield, Angola, Lakeland, Westview and Central Noble. The Eagles’ season depends on how hard they work and what type of leadership they can get. “If we are willing to work hard and we have good leadership like we had last year then we have a chance to be right up there at the top of the conference,” said Coach Dock. “If we don’t work hard with a good attitude we could be in the middle of the pack. We are going to have to have a good year to be able to win this season.”
Coach Dock started in 2007 with the same coaching staff and they all have the same expectations, to be the best and win championships. The boys team was 0-9 for four straight years before Coach Dock arrived. In his first season he started with 28 kids and finished with just 17. He had to change work ethics, attitudes and discipline and once this was done the Eagles finished 5-7 that year. Since then the program has taken off and the numbers have grown. In 2008 they finished 10-2 and won the Busco Invitational. Last season they finished 10-2, and were the NECC season and meet Champions, Busco Invite Champions and the Central Noble Invitational Champs.
“All four of our coachs work their tails off and I couldn’t ask for a better staff or better kids, our kids work their tails off too,” stated Coach Dock. “Having 47 athletes (the boys team) is a real good number for a school our size and I’m real proud of that. We try to find new ways to keep so many kids going, we’ve got a good coaching staff and we push our kids hard and that’s our goal to get the most out of our kids.”
“We open here with Lakeland Christian Academy and then we run at Northfield which is a pretty solid team. Then we run at Heritage who is the real deal, they are always at the top of the ACAC. We’ve lost by as few as eight (last season) and as much as 62 in my first year here. Every year we have gotten a little closer to them and that shows our program is getting better, but we need to win, we need to beat them,” stressed a confident Coach Dock. “We have a lot of work ahead of us. Our coaches feel we have a good neucleus. We just need some guys to step up and we need everyone to come together and work towards one goal. Our goal is to go undefeated and win a Conference Championship and win our invites in between. Anything less than that is not going to be acceptable and it’s not what we are working towards.”
Girls Track Preview
The Girls program has continued to improve as well. They have gone up one win a year since 2007. After a 5-6 ’07 season they finished 6-5 in ’08 and were 7-4 last year and finished fourth in the Turtle Town Classic.
They graduated some key people in Tiffany LeFever, Brooke Shearer and Kayla Mathewson who scored the majority of points for the Lady Eagles. These girls were the face of the girls program for the past three or four seasons.
“We are going to have to search deep,” stated Coach Dock. “We only have 11 girls this season but we do bring back some pretty solid talent.”
The distance runners are led by Rachel Fehring and Alex Eyer. Both of them are sophomores and qualified for the Indoor State Finals in the two mile last Saturday. Haleigh Gross (sophomore) was hurt for us last year, but she will be good for the Lady Eagles in the middle distance and the pole vault this season. Peyton Summers (sophomore) is expected to be solid in the sprints this year as she came on strong last year. Heather Monk (sophomore) will be solid in the throws for Churubusco as she finished Conference Champion in the discus as a freshman last season and competed in the shot put at the State Indoor meet. Emma Frericks (freshman) looks to contribute in the pole vault and the hurdles while middle distance and distance events should be helped out by Peyton Hunsberger (freshman).
“We’ve got some other girls that I feel will do a good job for us but the girls are going to have to work hard, need to mature a little bit and get better everyday,” commented Coach Dock. “We have the opportunity to do well and win our share of meets and to do well, we just have to keep a positive attitude and work hard.”