Record Breakers

Peter Baugh and Bridget Boeger

2014 saw a number of record breaking accomplishments for Clayton athletics. Here is a look at this year’s broken records. 

Taylor Edlin

6 dives, 11 dives

Over the course of a year, sophomore Taylor Edlin was able to add over 100 points to his diving score.

Diving is scored by three judges. Every dive, each individual judge gives the diver a score out of ten. The combined score is multiplied by the degree of difficulty: a number that indicates how hard the dive is to complete.

The previous record was set in 1988 by Mike Rohrbaugh. In an 11 dive meet he scored a 375.1 and in a six dive meet he scored 242.

Edlin broke both records this season. In a dual meet against Westminster Christian Academy, he set the new six dive record with a score of 252.30, adding over 75 points to his score from his freshman year. At the eleven dive Conference meet, Edlin won the diving title with a score of 392.35. This was an increase of over 100 points from his score last year. Edlin’s score edged out Rohrbaugh’s score, forever knocking him off the record board.

Edlin finished ninth in the State and was a valuable asset to the swimming and diving team in his record setting season.

Andrew Litteken

500 freestyle

The record board in the Clayton Center will have to be repainted.

Along with Edlin, senior Andrew Litteken rewrote the Clayton swimming and diving record book. Litteken broke Scott Wilhite’s 1988 record in the 500 yard freestyle, a 20 length race.

Wilhite went a 5:03.83 in his race. Litteken, who has been a state qualifier in the 500 since his junior year, broke Wilhite’s mark at the Suburban Central Conference Preliminaries. Litteken went a 5:01.71, beating the record time by over two seconds.

Litteken was a long distance specialist for the Greyhounds and was co captain of the team his senior year. At the State meet he placed 22nd in the 500.

Jake Brown

Career touchdowns

Senior Jake Brown has always been a standout football player.

Going into this year, Brown had 3,181 career passing yards.  With an additional 1,481 yards this year, Brown finished his season with a total of 4,642 yards.  Brown finished only 87 yards short of Adam Banks’ record of 4,729 yards.

Brown did, however, break Banks’ career touchdown passing record.  Banks had a total of 42 career touchdown passes while Brown had 47, edging out Banks’ record by five.

Tyler Melvin

Single season rushing yards, single game rushing yards

In a football program that has featured great rushers such as Kameron Stewart, Jairus Byrd and Tyler Walker, there is a high standard when it comes to running backs.

In 2014, junior Tyler Melvin raised this standard by rushing for more yards than anyone in Clayton history. In only ten games, Melvin rushed for 1,574 yards, breaking Kameron Stewart’s 1,510 yard record set in 2010, a season that featured two more games than the 2014 campaign.

Highlights of Melvin’s season included a 317 rushing campaign against Parkway West breaking the single game rushing record from 1990. In 2014 he also scored 14 touchdowns and earned first team All Conference honors.

With a year left before graduation, Mevin appears to have a bright future ahead of him.