Schultz does it again; boys win region
Published: Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Tyler Schultz capped his stellar home throwing career by saving his best for last.
After being stalled three times by rain delays after warming up at last week’s Region 8A track meet in Custer, Schultz stepped into the throwing ring and unleashed a 70 foot, six inch shot put throw that bettered the state record he set a few weeks ago, while also easily putting him in first place. Schultz had set the state record of 69-5 3/4 at the Custer Invitational April 20.
It was Schultz’s final throw in his final home meet as a Wildcat. It happened in the same ring he had set the previous state mark during the Custer Invitiational, and it was the first time in the history of South Dakota track that a shot put thrower—at any level—had eclipsed the 70 foot mark.
“It felt really good. I was really excited when I hit that (70 foot mark),”â��Schultz said. “Iâ��have been waiting to hit 70, and hitting it at a Custer meet made it more exciting.”
Schultz said the fact he was in the last throw of his last meet at home, throwing on a ring he had practiced on for four years provided him with an extra boost.
“Iâ��was excited; it might have given me that extra foot,”â��he said.
Schultz, who has signed a letter of intent to throw for the Colorado State Rams collegiantly, said he doesn’t know what is in store for the state meet, but thinks the tough competition of a state meet will help push him.
“Now that Iâ��hit that 70 foot mark I’m happy. We’ll see what comes at state,”â��he said.
Schultz made it a double win at the Region 8A meet by winning the discus with a throw of 179-7, helping propel Custer to an easy team championship, as the Wildcats scored 180 points, 45 more than the team’s nearest competitor, Spearfish.
The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for state, if they weren’t already qualified through state standards. The boys saw five more individual qualifications and two relay qualifications at the meet, while the girls had one more girl qualify.
“The athletes did well and we got most of the things qualified that we hoped to,” head coach Craig Black said. “There are still always some that you would have hoped for, but it was not in the cards.”
Among the new qualifiers for the boys were the medly relay team and the 1600 relay team. The medly team of David Hernandez, Tanner Eiesland, Chad Bryant and Brennan Witt placed first with a time of 3:40.2, while the 1600 team of Jared Thomsen, Chase Glazier, Bryant and Witt was also first at a time of 3:31.81.
New invididual qualifiers for the boys included Patrick Witt, who finished second in the 800 at a time of 2:07.74, Logan Burns, who finished second in the 1600 at 4:47.51, Shane Herman, who finished second in the 3200 at 10:59.67 and Joel Thomsen, who finished second in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, with times of 17.16 and 43.72.
Along with qualifying for the 1600, Burns won the 3200 at the meet with a time of 10:49.44. Other winners at the meet included Clayton Wahlstrom in the pole vault (11-6), the 400 relay (Hernandez, Eiesland, Bryant, Jared Thomsen) 44.88 and the 3200 relay (Logan Huntington, Kenneth Myers, Israel Parsons, Chase Glazier) 8:33.99.
Greg Witt picked up two second place finishes in the throwing events, with a discus toss of 152-3 and a shot put heave of 51-11 3/4. Dakota McGee was second in the high jump with a top height of 5-9, while Chris Pinkerton was fourth in the 1600 at 5:05.51, Adam Baker was fourth in the triple jump at 36-1 1/2 and Brandon Erwin was fourth in the shot put at 44-1 1/2.
Other placewinners for the boys included Logan Heuer fifth in the discus, David Gaston sixth in the 100, Baker sixth in the long jump, Zach Hollick eighth in the 400 and David Sigdestad eighth in the 300 hurdles. The 800 relay team of Gaston, Sigdestand, Chasen Cole and Dylan Mullen was fifth at 1:42.92.
On the girls side, Mattie Kelley was the lone Wildcat to earn a new state qualification when she won the 1600 at a time of 5:38.99. Karley Konkol was the other individual champion for Custer, winning with a time of 2:19.69.
The girls picked up four second place finishes. Monique Mack was second in the high jump by clearing 4-9, Sam McNeel was second in the long jump at 15-11 3/4, the medley relay team of Mack, McNeel, Julianne Thomsen and Tori Dahlstom was second at 4:27.78 and the 3200 team of Jazmin Hitschew, Billie Wicks, Ashlee Eggers and Dahlstrom was second at 10:18.57.
McNeel rounded out her day by placing fourth in the 300 hurdles at 50.30, Eggers was fourth in the 400 at 67.62 and the 400 relay team of Jade Spring, Allison Hass, Wicks and Eggers was fourth at 55.51.
Other placewinners for the girls included a fifth place finish by the 1600 relay team (Wicks, Konkol, Nykyla Malinosky, Olivia Dahlstrom), a fifth place finish by the 800 relay team (Malinosky, Catlyn Cordell, Olivia Dahlstrom, Josie Engen), a seventh place finish by Cordell in the 100 hurdles, an eighth place finish by Pickford in the 200 and an eighth place finish by Engen in the 400.
Spearfish won the girls team race with a score of 153, followed closely by St. Thomas More at 150. Custer ended the day in fourth place, with 78 points.
The track season wraps up this week with the Class A State Track Meet. The action starts Friday morning in Spearfish at Black Hills State University and carries over to Saturday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Saturday.
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