Records fall on track

Abe Eckman

By Herald Staff

Thursday proved to be a night to remember for some local track athletes, with some of them setting new records.

Jasper junior Abe Eckman ran a time of 4:25.31 in the 1600m run in Thursday’s Dubois-Pike Invitational at Jasper, breaking the longstanding meet record of 9:54.3 held by Pat Cassidy in 1980.

Fellow junior Andi VanMeter is the new owner of a couple of meet records in the distance events on the girls side. VanMeter broke a couple of Lacey Oeding’s records set in 2007 in the 1600m run and 3200m run. Oeding’s 1600m run time was 5:23.47, and VanMeter surpassed that by finishing at 5:15.34. VanMeter ran a 3200m time of 11:24.45, surpassing Oeding’s old feat of 11:30.28.

Southridge senior Dylan Bland finished with a 1600m run time of 4:28.93 for a new school record. This previous record was Richie Lanman’s time of 4:29.6 in 1983.

Rachel Mehringer

Forest Park sophomore Rachel Mehringer etched her name into the record books when she ran time of 13.93 in the girls 100m hurdles — surpassing the time of 15.50 set by Kelsey Prechtel in 2005. That hurdles time was also a school record, in addition to a meet record. Yet, that wasn’t all. Mehringer clocked in with a time of 12.36 in the girls 100m dash at the meet, breaking the meet record of 12.56 set by Brittney Knies in 2003.

Meanwhile, senior Grant Gogel set a new Heritage Hills pole vault record in Thursday’s meet at Boonville. Gogel’s distance totaled 15 feet, surpassing the previous record of 14 feet, 4 inches set by Jacob Luebbehusen in 2018.

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