BOYS TRACK SPOTLIGHT

Tom Batters
Ryan Scheid

Take a look at the Eureka High School boys track records on the school Web site, and you will see one photo that stands out among the color shots.

It is an old black-and-white picture of Kevin Springer decked out in a large-collared shirt and Partridge Family haircut.

The picture was taken in 1977, which is when Springer set the school record in the 100-meter dash by running a fleet-footed 10.78.

For the past 33 years, the record has remained unbroken and Springer’s photo remains on the record book Web site.

Ryan Scheid wants to put his photo there.

“That’s the oldest record we have here, and I really want to break it,” said Scheid, a senior on this year’s track team. “That’s my main goal. I’m close. I think I can get it.”

Scheid’s fastest time is 11 seconds flat, just 28 hundredths of a second off Springer’s record.

The 100-meter dash is only a small part of Scheid’s contribution to the track team, though.

Coach Brett Charlton, who holds the school record in the 400-meter dash (1988), uses Scheid in both sprint relays and in the 200-meter dash.

“He’s very versatile. He can run relays and individual sprints,” Charlton said.

Not bad for a kid who didn’t even run sprints until three years ago.

Coming into his sophomore year, Scheid ran the 800 and some of the longer distance events, but Charlton moved him to the shorter distances after seeing him beat some of the sprinters in practice.

“He’s such a good athlete. He took to it pretty quickly,” Charlton said. “Once he got the hang of the starting blocks, he was fine.”

Scheid anchors the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams. Both those teams have a good shot at qualifying for the state meet later this month.

The 4X100 team is close to the school record (44 seconds flat). This year’s squad (Scheid, Zach Burwell, Christian Watson, and Peter Hoekstra) posted a 44.2 earlier this season.