Smith Signs with Capital University
Columbus, OH - Stephanni Smith has signed with the Capital University track & field team and will participate in the Pole Vault for the Crusaders.
Capital is a NCAA DIII school, participates in the Great Lakes Region and member of the very competitive Ohio Athletic Conference.
Good Luck Stephanni!
2014 Myyon A. Barnes Athlete of the Year
8/3/2014 - Palladium Item
Richmond, IN - Michelle McKinney has been selected as the Palladium-Item's fourth annual winner of the Myyon A.Barnes Athlete of the Year award.
The award, started in summer 2011, was named for Myyon Barnes, a former Palladium-Item sportswriter who passed away unexpectedly earlier that year. Myyon was a great sportswriter, that was well liked by area coaches, fans and athletes alike.
This year there were 38 athletes nominated from Wayne, Union and Randolph counties in Indiana, and Preble and Darke counties in Ohio. Read More....................
McKinney Wins Midwest Meet of Champions 800 Meter Run Title!
Granville OH - What a difference a week makes as Michelle McKinney won the prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions track & field meet which pitted the top senior track stars from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan against each other in the only scored, sanctioned, inter-state all-star meet of its kind in the United States.
Representing Team Ohio - Michelle outsprinted Erin McDonald of Team Michigan and a field of 7 others to win the 800 meter title in a time of 2:14.53.
Included in the field of 9 All-Stars was the 2014 Ohio D1 800 meter State Champion, Ashley Forte (Thomas Worthington) which finished 4th for Team Ohio.
This meet is sponsored by the OATCCC Association and Michelle was only one of 3 seniors chosen from all D1, D2 & D3 athletes to run the 800 meter run and was notified of the selection and honor to represent Team Ohio at the OHSAA State Championships last Saturday. An honor she couldn't say no to!
Michelle is only the second Eaton T&F athlete to ever be selected to represent Team Ohio in this meet. The first being Fred Ridder (Shot Put State Champion) of the Class of 1985.
Michelle, your performance Saturday made both Eaton and the State of Ohio very proud! What an awesome way to end a great career!
Good Luck @ UK Michelle, you will be greatly missed!
McKinney & Reynolds Qualify To State Championships
6/1/2014 - Regional Results / State Championship Information
Dayton, OH - The OHSAA Regional Track & Field Championships proved to be very successful, as 4 Eaton athletes made the awards stand and 2 punched their tickets to the OHSAA State Championships this week.
Seth Reynolds finished 4th in the 110 meter hurdles regional finals in a new seasonal and personal best time of 15.15. After the preliminaries on Thursday Seth had the 6th fastest time but as is always the case in the regional finals - times don't mean a thing. From start to finish Seth ran a flawless race to edge out the 5th place finisher by .08 one hundredths of a second and claim the 4th place qualifying spot to State. Great job Seth "The Rookie!"
Michelle McKinney will be making her 4th straight trip to the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships with an outstanding 1600 meter run (3rd; 5:07.79) & 800 meter run (4th; 2:16.37) State qualifying double. Not only is this one of, if not the toughest double in track and field, it is even harder with 90 degree plus heat and very limited recovery time between races. As one competing schools coach said to coach McKinney - "Michelle is a Beast! That was an incredible double with less than 45 minutes recovery time between races, wow!" Great job Michelle!
Taylor Broermann also had and outstanding 1600 meter run final with an 8th place finish in a new seasonal and personal best time of 5:22.46. Going into the race Taylor had the 12th best regional qualifying time, but once again proved that times don't mean a thing at this level, that's why they run the race! Great race and outstanding season Taylor!
Seth Wright cleared 13' 6" in the Pole Vault which was good enough for 6th place and the regional awards stand. Great job Seth on an outstanding season and the best thing is you have two more years left.
Madison Bowman finished off a very great freshman year with a 13th place finish in the Discus Throw (95' 2"). Keep working hard and the "sky is the limit" for you over the next three years Madison!
The 2014 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships will be held @ Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
The Ohio State University, Columbus, June 6 & 7, 2014.
3 District Champions, 5 Eagles Move Onto Regionals
5/25/2014 - District Results / District Eagle Highlights
Saint Paris, OH - The Eagles boys & girls team competed in the OHSAA District Championships @ Graham High School with both finishing 7th in the team races, claimed 3 individual District titles and advanced 5 onto next weeks OHSAA Regional Championship @ Welcome Stadium in Dayton, OH.
Michelle McKinney and Seth Wright claimed individual titles for the eagles. McKinney won both the 800 M Run (4th year in a row) & 1600 M Run (2nd year in a row) and Wright won the Pole Vault title. Read More....................
McKinney, Reynolds, Spears & Wright Win SWBL Titles
5/17/2014 - 2014 Results / SWBL Eagle Highlights
Eaton, OH - The sun was out, the wind was down, the competition was tough and the Eaton boys and girls teams performed extremely well at the SWBL Championships with the boys team finishing 2nd and the girls 4th.
Individually, many eagles set new personal best, season best and for two eagles - 3 New SWBL League records.
Michelle McKinney continued her record setting streak by winning both the 800 & 1600 meter run titles and setting new SWBL Overall & Southwestern Divisional Records in each event.
Seth Wright once again cleared 13' 6" to claim the Pole Vault title and tie the Southwestern Division Record.
Darius Spears had a very good day in the circle and won the Shot Put title with a put of 43' 0.5"
Seth Reynolds, in his first season of track, ran a flawless race to claim the 110 Meter Hurdles title.
In all, the coaching staff was very pleased with the eagles performances as the SWBL League meet marks the end of the regular season and the start of the post season State Championship run. Up first, the OHSAA Districts @ Graham High School - St. Paris, OH.- prelims on Thursday & finals on Saturday.
Eaton, OH - Thanks for everyone for a very successful meet for not only the eagles but many other SWBL athletes.
Broermann & McKinney Set New 1 Mile Run PR's @ Mason Invitational
5/9/2014 - Results / Dream Mile Results
Mason, OH - On Friday Taylor Broermann & Michelle McKinney traveled south to participate in the always tough Division 1 loaded Mason "Rod Russell" Invitational.
What made this years meet extra special was the addition of the "Angela Bizzarri Dream Mile" named after Masons 8 time State Champion, College All-American and now professional runner Angela Bizzarri..... Read More
Spears & Wright Win Titles @ Lebanon Invitational
5/7/2014 - Results
Lebanon, OH - The boys and girls team traveled to Lebanon on Wednesday to compete in a small but very competitive meet against a field of Division 1 schools.
Neither the boys and or girls teams were at full force since the county meet was on Monday. Several eagles only ran one or two events that normally participate in three or four and some didn't participate at all due to injury or participation at the Mason Invitational on Friday.
However, in spite of not having their full squads the eagles did well with the boys team finishing 6th and the girls team finishing 5th.
Standout performances of the meet go to Seth Wright (Pole Vault - 13' 00" - 1st Place) and Zavier Spears (400m - 52.03 - 1st Place).
The eagles next meet will be the SWBL Championships @ Eaton this Thursday (Prelims) & Saturday (Finals).
Eaton Boys & Girls Claim County Championship!
5/5/2014 - Results / County Records
Eaton, OH - The Eaton Boys and Girls teams once again claimed the Preble County Championships held at the new Eaton track & field complex.
Several Eaton athletes claimed individual county titles with Seth Reynolds (110 M Hurdles) and Michelle McKinney (800 Meter Run) setting new county records. ..........Read More
McKinney Wins "Elite 1600m Run" & Sets New School Record!
"Several New PR's Set by Eagles"
5/2/2014 - Results
Huber Heights, OH - A small group of Eaton athletes traveled to the prestigious Wayne Invitational this past Thursday and Friday to participate in what has been called "the toughest regular season track meet in Ohio." Top state ranked athletes from all three divisions, primarily D1, come to the meet to run against the best and see how they stack up at this stage of the season and this years races were awesome...... Read More
10 New Records Set @ The Eaton Invitational
4/27/2014 - Results / Record Breakers List / Team & Individual Champions
Eaton, OH - Sunny, warm and record setting is the best way to describe the 27th Annual "Dean Stoltz" Eaton Invitational held on Saturday at the new Eaton Track & Field Complex.
10 New Records were set, or tied, at Saturdays meet, 3 of which were set by.... Read More
Eagles Perform Well Against Kentucky's Best!
4/19/2014 - Kentucky Relays Results / Photos / Videos:
Lexington, KY - On Saturday a small group of Eagles participated in the Kentucky Relays hosted by the University of Kentucky. This is the second year for the Eagles to make the trip and as forecasted the weather was perfect and the competition was tough.
Seth Reynolds started the day off for the Eagles in the long jump (9th; 17' 2.25") and then set a new PR in the 110 Hurdles (3rd; 16.14) which is currently OHD2 #44 in the State rankings. Coach McKinney said, "Seth just keeps getting better and better with every passing day. It will be very interesting to see just how much better ......Read More
Eagles Set Many PR's & Season Best @ TVS Invite
4/18/2014 - TVS Invitational Results
West Alexandria, OH - Last night the boys and girls teams both finished 5th in a field of 16 teams @ the TVS Invite. The weather was great and several new seasonal best and PR's were achieved by many Eagles.
Michelle McKinney continued her record setting pace by setting a new invitational record in the 800 meters of 2:18.96 (old record 2:22.30) followed by Taylor Broermann's second place finish and new PR of 2:27.51. Then the duo teamed up ........Read More
Today Snow, Tomorrow Rain, It's Ohio in the Spring!
Always be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you, like snow!
Friday at the Troy Invite was a great example of just how quickly weather changes in the spring in Ohio. It was 65 degrees and sunny all afternoon until sunset, then it got cold real quick. Unfortunately, that is typical track & field weather and you've got to be prepared by packing for the worst and hoping for the best, either way you'll be ready. When in doubt, put an extra pair of socks, shorts, sweatshirt/pants, tights, gloves and knit cap in your bag. For suggested items to pack refer to the TEAM "Meet Checklist" above. Being prepared helps you stay healthy, warm and enjoy track & field.
Warm Weather + Great Competition = Solid Results
4/11/2014 - Troy Invitational Results
Troy, OH - Taylor Broermann, Michelle McKinney and Seth Wright each turned in state top ten times and heights to headline an outstanding evening for the eagles track teams at the Troy Invitational on Friday.
McKinney claimed the 800m title with a new meet record of 2:16.13 (breaking the old meet record of 2:21.4) which as of Friday ranks OH #1 and US #70 while Broermann finished 4th in the 3200m run in a time of 11:56.05 that ranks her OHD2 #9 and OH #43.
On the boys side, Seth Wright cleared an impressive 13' 6" in the Pole Vault to finish second and is currently OH #23 & OHD2 #8 in the state rankings.
The eagles teams didn't fair so well in the overall team standings but as coach McKinney said, "We come to Troy to competing against some of the best track & field athletes in the state. It's not about team trophies, its all about our athletes putting forth their best effort regardless of how they place individually and tonight they did just that and the coaching staff is very proud of everyone."
In addition to McKinney's win, Wrights 2nd place and Broermann's 4th place, Eaton also got team points from Branson Bennett in the 2000m steeplechase (4th; 7:21.40), Seth Reynolds (4th; 110m Hurdles & 300m Hurdles), Madie Bowman (5th; 31' 3") in the Shot Put, Zavier Spears (5th; 54.06) in the 400m, Brooke Selby (7th; 18.15) 100m Hurdles, Courtney Smith (7th; 52.88) 300m Hurdles and Brandon George (8th; 117' 4") in the Discus.
The eagles return to action on Thursday at the TVS Invitational @ Twin Valley South High School and then a small group will travel to the University of Kentucky on Friday to compete in the UK Relays on Saturday the 19th.
Cold & Windy but Hot Competition & History @ Eaton HS Relays Friday!
4/4/2014 - Eaton HS Relays Results
Eaton, OH - Once again Mother Nature was in control as she provided cold temperatures and strong wind gust for Friday's first annual Eaton HS Relays held at the new Eaton Track & Field Complex.
Despite the nasty weather the eagles men and women once again put together outstanding performances with the men finishing 1st in a field of 7 teams and the women finishing 2nd in a field of eight teams.
Not only was it a successful meet from an individual and team perspective, but it also marked history for the Eaton School district as everyone in attendance witnessed the first Eaton Track Meet ever held under the lights @ the new complex.
The eagles will stay busy this week as they participate in the National Trail Blazer Invite on Tuesday and the Troy Invitational (Troy, OH) on Friday. Great job and continued good luck to the varsity track teams.
It's Been A Busy Past Few Days for the Eaton JH Track Team
4/9/2014 - Eaton JH Invite Results / Eaton JH Relays Results
Eaton, OH - It's been a busy and very successful past few days for the Eaton JH track team as they ran two home meets in the span of 4 days.
On Saturday the Eaton Invitational was a day full of sunshine, gusting winds, solid competition and teachable moments as the eagles got their first real test. Seven teams participated with the Eaton girls finishing 5th and the boys team winning with a team total of 122 points over second place Miamisburg which tallied 109.5 points.
The boys and girls team kept the momentum rolling as they participated in the Eaton JH Relays on Tuesday evening. The great thing about relay invites is that everyone gets to participate in at least one, if not a couple of different events. It's an opportunity for coaches to give athletes a chance to test different distances and or field events to see how they perform. Bottom line - it's all about having fun and getting everyone involved.
The Eaton JH Relays was a much more competitive meet than Saturday, but the Eagles once again did very well as the girls team finished 4th out of 8 teams and the boys finished a strong 3rd with 82 points.
The JH team will wrap up the week with a dual meet @ Tri-County North on Thursday and the Preble Shawnee Invite on Friday. Great week thus far and good luck on Thursday and Friday!
Eagles Open New Track Complex With A Splash!
4/1/2014 - Results / Meet Pictures
Eaton, OH - Monday evening was not only the opening meet of the 2014 outdoor season for the Eagles, but it was also the first official meet at the new Eaton track complex.
The meet opened up with one of the most fan pleasing, challenging and for sure wettest event in track and field - the steeplechase and as you can see from the pictures above the eagle runners made a splash!
Despite the gusting 30 MPH winds the eagles performances were very good for a season opening meet. Coach McKinney said, "I think this is going to be a really fast track when the weather conditions are nice! However, today both track times and field event performances were hampered by mother nature. We couldn't even pole vault because it was just too dangerous to attempt."
However, the greatest aspect of Mondays meet was that every Eagle athlete participated in a variety of events which is what it's all about. This early in the season is a time for the coaches to see who can do what in various events as the big invitationals are just around the corner, which only two Eagles per event can participate.
Coach McKinney and staff would also like to once again say THANKS to everyone that helped out with Monday's meet. Without the concession stand workers, finish line timers, exchange zone monitors, announcer, field event measurers, hurdle crew, block movers and any other volunteer this and other meets wouldn't be possible.
This week the new complex will continue to be put to good use as the Eagles host two more meets. On Friday, the first annual "Eaton Relays" high school invite will take place followed by the "Eaton Junior High Invitational" on Saturday. So, for anyone that can help please Sign Up to Volunteer today.
Help Needed - HS & JH Parents/ Grandparents, Etc.
Our first meet is just around the corner and the coaching staff is preparing for what we believer will be an exciting season. This season we have the honor of opening up a new track & field complex. What an exciting opportunity for our athletes, coaching staff, family members and Eaton Community Schools. We have a very ambitious home meet schedule this season hosting 12 meets - 6 high school & 6 JH.
The track & field program needs your help! We have already contacted some of you personally to help with various meet activities and your response has been great. However, we have a new concession stand this season and need people to help work at the various home meets. We have various financial needs that we hope the concession stand will help us cover this and next season. We are in need of 80 new hurdles, a hurdle cart and a new high jump pit. Our concession stand will help us cover those costs.
What we need is for the parents to volunteer to work the various home meets in the concession stand. We ask that the high school parents help cover the junior high meet nights and the junior high school parents help cover the high school meets. If you have the time to sign up for two meets it would help us in more ways than you could imagine. Sign up by going clicking on the Sign Up To Volunteer bar at the top of the website home page. It will then take you to another page which you use to connect to our sign up link hosted by Sign Up Genius. All the meets are listed along with the positions we need to fill in the concession stand. Just follow the directions and sign up online. Coach McKinney will receive a list of those that sign up. If you are unable to sign up online just send a note to school, with your son or daughter, regarding what position and date(s) you may work and Coach McKinney will sign you up! You may also call Coach McKinney at 937-533-3207 if you prefer. Grandparents and other adult family members are welcome to sign up.
McKinney Qualifies for OATCCC State Championships
Congratulations to Michelle McKinney for qualifying for the OATCCC Indoor State Championships to be held this weekend @ the University of Akron.
Michelle finished the regular indoor season by posting a state top 16 qualifying time in the 800 meter run. Her actual current ranking and seed going to this weekends state meet is 3rd.
Last year Michelle finished as State Runner-Up in the 800 meter with a time of 2:16.75 which broke the old state record of 2:18.71 (2013 Results).
Good luck this weekend Michelle!
State Meet Information Time Schedule 800 Meter Heat Sheet Race Results
Eagles Perform Well @ Arnold Classic
2/1/2014 - Results
Columbus, OH - Taylor Broermann, Drew Campbell and Michelle McKinney participated in this past weekends Arnold Classic which was hosted by the Ohio State University @ French Fieldhouse.
Taylor Broermann set a new indoor 3200 meter school record with a time of 12:53.5 which placed her 11th.
Drew Campbell cleared 5' 6" to finish 12th in the high jump to establish a new indoor school record and leaped 15' 10.25" in the long jump which was good enough for 25th place.
Michelle McKinney didn't break her 800 meter record but she did finish 1st in a field of 47 competitors in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24.56.
Congrats to Taylor, Drew & Michelle for great performances and representing Eaton well.
Arnold Classic "State Qualifier" Indoor Track Meet
2/26/2014 - 12:23 AM - Several members of the Eaton Eagles track team will participate in this weekends annual Arnold Classic Indoor Track Meet @ French Field House on the campus of Ohio State University.
The Arnold Classic is one of Ohio's largest and most competitive high school indoor track meets as teams from all across the state travel to Columbus to compete against the best track athletes in D1, D2 and D3.
In addition to the competition, what makes this meet extra special is that it's a sanctioned "State Qualifier" for the upcoming OATCCC Indoor State Track & Field Championships to be held on March 8 @ Akron University.
The State Indoor Championships consist of only two divisions vs. the typical three for outdoor track with the D1 meet (held in the morning) and a combined D2/D3 meet (held in the afternoon).
To qualify for the Indoor State Championships our Eaton athletes must be in the top 16 in the final combined D2/D3 state qualifying performance lists for their particular event(s) which will be published this Sunday evening.
Currently, Michelle McKinney is ranked #3 in the D2/D3 800 meter state qualifying performance list and is Eaton's only top 16 ranked performer. However, with strong performances this weekend we could see several Eaton Eagles qualify for the upcoming State Championships. Go Eagles!
Michelle McKinney Commits to UK
2/5/2014 - 10:43 am - Today Michelle McKinney made it official by signing her National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky. She will participate in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
Michelle was being recruited by over 50 colleges and narrowed her choices down to UK, Butler, Miami and North Carolina State However, after completing her official visits and taking everything into consideration, UK was the choice for her.
When asked about her choice Michelle said, "I love everything about UK! They have what I want academically, I like the coaching staff, runners and the athletic facilities are awesome. Once I visited the campus and met everyone I knew I wanted to be a Wildcat." Congratulations Michelle!
McKinney Sets New 800 Meter State Leading Time
Findlay, OH - On Sunday Michelle McKinney won the 800 meter run at the Oiler HS Invite hosted by Findlay University in a time 2:22.09 (OH #1).
Going into the race Michelle's goal was to simply run a fast enough time to get ranked in the top 16 in the state and qualify for the upcoming OATCCC Indoor State Championships. Her winning time of 2:22.09 not only accomplished that goal but is also the current #1 state leading 800 meter time in the state.
Michelle plans on running at least two more 800 meter races prior to the Indoor State Championships to be held @ Akron University on March 8, 2014. However, the number of races Michelle gets to run in over the next couple of weeks will depend upon how far her basketball team advances in the OHSAA tournament which starts next week.
What a great problem to have for the senior.
2014 Indoor Track Season Has Started!
The 2014 Indoor track season has started and the outdoor season is just a couple of months away.
The goal of the indoor track season is to have fun, get in shape and maybe even try a new event. Don't worry about your times, distances, heights, etc. just go compete and keep it all in perspective.
Click Here to see all the indoor track meets in the area that you can sign up for. If you need help signing up then touch base with coach McKinney and he'll walk you through the process.
Check back for more information regarding the current indoor season and upcoming outdoor season.