EVH triumphs in inaugural track and field season
The Exploits Valley High Eagles are showing no signs of slowing down their track and field progression after finishing second overall at the provincial competition this past weekend in Stephenville.
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The Exploits Valley High track and field team earned second place overall at the provincial competition in Stephenville last weekend. Members of the team are pictured; back (from left): Scott Critch (coach), Ben Hayley, Greg Baird, Matthew Ballard and Brandon Dormody; front (from left): Tyler Marsh, Colin Spencer, Shawn Loveridge, Adam Loveridge and Michael Hughes.
The Eagles picked up the team silver medal, along with a substantial amount of individual hardware in their rookie season in the sport.
EVH earned a silver medal in the 1x400m relay and a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay with a team of Shawn Loveridge, Matthew Ballard, Colin Spencer and Ben Hayley.
Brandon Dormody earned a bronze medal in the boys 200m and a silver medal in the 100m, Ben Hayley also brought home a bronze medal in the 800m event. Colin Spencer kept the Eagles rolling on the track picking up a silver medal in the 400m final.
Michael Hughes finished third in the boys 1500m RW event and Tyler Marsh finished third in the long jump competition.
"I thought we did pretty well this weekend. I don't think anyone expected us to do as well as we did," said Hughes. "It's been weird because at the beginning we didn't have much, but as it went on we got more (equipment) and it started getting better from there."
Greg Baird won a gold medal to become the provincial champion in the shot put category with a best 11.19 feet, and a silver medal in discus. Michael Hughes also placed in the discus competition earning a bronze medal.
"We came in second place, which is probably better than most people expected," said Baird. "I was hoping I could (win). It is my first individual sport medal, so I'm happy with my performance."
Colin Spencer finished second in the long jump event, one seldom practiced by the team due to a lack of equipment.
The Eagles also benefitted from a lower than normal turnout for the track and field provincials, however, that does nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the team.
"A lot of our guys did do personal bests and that is all you can ask for anyways," said coach Scott Critch.
Hosts and first place finishers, Stephenville finished with 622 points, with the Eagles posting 606 points.
"We were right there and Stephenville has been a track and field powerhouse for years, so for us to be that close, I think they were impressed with that," said Critch. "We didn't know what to expect when we got there."
The team had fit in as much training time as they could, but were still unsure heading into competition.
"We kind of knew some would do well, but we just didn't know," said Critch. "There were some surprises and some people did better at regionals than they did at the provincials and vice versa. It was very interesting."
Even though they attend competitions as a team, they compete as individuals in various events. Hughes said the team chemistry is still apparent when the events are underway.
"We've got a good number of athletes in events, so we have a good chance of coming out of each event with points to help out the team," he said.
Critch said the future could be bright if the younger kids get involved in the sport before reaching EVH.
"Our big thing is to try and get the younger kids involved because unless we have something starting in the intermediate school this is only going to be a one or two year thing unless we can get a program established," said Critch. "It does not have to be all of the events, even if some of them are (tried) at the intermediate level."