Blake Ebeling also represented Newton at the meet, taking 12th in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 10 inches. He finished 12th, but Short is expecting big things out of the senior.
“Blake’s been to state the last two years in high jump, hopefully he can get back there against this year,” Short said.
The Eagles are breaking in some new sprinters after last season. Short said the Eagles will turn to senior Marcus Pilman and juniors Austin Angel and Gunner Pickens to carry the torch on the sprints this season.
In the hurdles, sophomore Jake Volk should see time in the 60-meter high hurdles while Evan Brooks should handle the 300-meter hurdles.
Dylan Davidson will be tasked with the long and triple jumps, and Short said Davidson’s improvements in both events should help the Eagles pick up some points. Corey Workman will also compete in the triple jump.
Kyle and Johnny Frohning will handle the throwing events, with both compete in the shot put and Kyle Frohning handling the discus. Short said both are steady and will help in the ever-constant battle for points.
After a small indoor season, the Eagles are scheduled to take to the track today in Robinson, taking on Neoga, Marshall and Robinson.
Short is optimistic about his team
“We lost some sprinters, (but) we got a nice core of returning kids,” he said.