Eagles bear cold for lopsided win
â€™Busco pole vaulter Zack Armstead makes an approach as blanket-wrapped fans look on Tuesday night. The Eagles opened their season at home on a chilling night against Lakeland Christian Academy. Armstead cleared 12-feet on the vault as part of a sweep of first-places for the boys track team. The Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
High school track and field is known for being a spring sport. However, Tuesday it felt more like a winter sport.
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Churubusco girls and boys opened the outdoor season at home amid bone-chilling temperatures in the 40s.
When the Eagles weren’t spending time between events applying layers of clothing to fight the cold, they were busy warming up the track for the season.
The dual meet was the first of only four at home for ’Busco this season. Two come next week with Northfield Monday and Heritage Wednesday.
’Busco boys surrendered only three points to the Lakeland Christian Academy Tuesday winning 128-3. The Lady Eagles had control of their meet from the outset 88-42.
The boys claimed first-place in all 16 events taking place Tuesday night.
Senior Jeremy Forker led them all with three wins. Forker jumped 5-feet, 6-inches in the high jump to win the event.
Along with a win in the 400-meter (54.4), Forker returned in the 100 to run a first-place time of 11.57.
The seniors continued to lead the way for Churubusco boys.
Kyle Monk swept the hurdle events running one of his strongest times in the 300 hurdles. Monk finished in a time of 41.9 to beat out teammate Josh LeFever who took second at 43.6.
LeFever got his own victory on the night with his throw of 111-8 in the discus.
Senior Zack Armstead made a strong debut at the pole vault reaching 12-feet and narrowly missing at 12-6.
Armstead was ahead of teammate Austin Hively who completed a jump at 10-feet.
Hively’s time of 2:28 in the 800 topped the field down the stretch to win the event.
’Busco allowed just three points in the sprinting events.
Senior Kyle Mathewson was the fastest in the 200 with his time of 23.51.
Other wins for the Eagles included Austin McClure in the shot put (45-6), Connor Hogeston in the 1600 (5:20), Davon Geiger in the 3200 (12:01).
Six different Lady Eagles posted wins Tuesday.
The deepest event for Churubusco came in the throwing events with sisters Heather Monk and Katie Monk teaming up with Erica Lehner to sweep both the discus and shot put.
Junior Heather Monk led the way taking the discus at 122-10 and the shot put with her heave of 32-6.
Lehner came in close behind Monk for second in the shot put at 32-1 1/2 and 103-0 for the discus.
Freshman Katie Monk fell in line at third. Her throw in the shot put was 30-3 while taking a mark of 94-10 in the discus.
Heather Monk finished third in the 100 while teammate Peyton Summers took the top spot at 13.22.
Churubusco girls numbers doubled this year thanks to a strong freshman class.
Danielle Pippenger was one of those Lady Eagles making a winning debut. Pippenger won the high jump at 4-4 while also placing second in the long jump at 14-7 1/2.
Emma Frericks’s win in the pole vault (7-6) was coupled with a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (19.84).
Frericks finished ahead of teammate Haleigh Gross in the pole vault with Gross jumping 7-0 for second.
Other wins were: Nicole Wormcastle in the 400 (1:10) and Alex Eyer in the 3200 (14:07).