Boys win fourth straight conference title
Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
The Custer High School boys track team is king of the Black Hills Conference for the fourth consecutive year—although they had to wait three extra days to earn that title.
The boys team race wasn’t decided untilâï¿½ï¿½Monday afternoon when the pole vault competition was finally held after being postponed from the original day of the meet, last Friday at Douglas, due to high winds. Heading into Monday the Wildcat boys trailed St. Thomas More by two points, 152-150, but overtook the Cavaliers thanks to Clayton Wahlstrom (13-3) and David Sigdestad (12-3), who finished first and third in the event, propelling the ’Cats to the team title with 165.5 points. The Cavaliers had no pole vaulters competing at the conference meet, and Spearfish eventually placed second with 152.5 points.
Wahlstrom’s title was one of six individual championships the Wildcats won at the meet. Joel Thomsen won two of the titles, sweeping the hurdle events, winning the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.90 and the 300 hurdles in 41.04. Thomsen had to run the 110 hurdle final twice, after a timing error forced the re-running of a few events at the meet.
Angelo Climenti continued his recent surge in the discus, winning the event with a throw of 158-0. That distance edged out his older brother Paul, who finished in second at 152-7, a distance that automatically qualified him for state. Logan Heuer made it three Wildcats who placed in the discus when he placed sixth with a best throw of 135-0.
Chase Glazier was victorious in the 800, beating the rest of the field and the wind to run a time of 2:02.32. Israel Parsons finished fourth in the same event with a time of 2:06.70, while Shane Herman was fifth at 2:10.71.
Logan Burns won the last individual championship for Custer, winning the 3200 in a time of 10:00.90. Also placing in the 3200 was Chance Dooley at 10:31.37 and Brennan Witt at 10:36.24.
Witt qualified for state in the 1600, an event he won state in last year, by placing third at a time of 4:34.69. Burns was fourth in the same event at 4:35.92, while Parsons was fifth at 4:42.62.
Adam Baker had a solid day of racking up points for Custer, placing in three different events, including a second place finish in the triple jump, with a best leap of 40-0. Baker also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 18-11, while also placing seventh in the high jump at 5-8.
Two Wildcats placed in the 400, with Glazier coming in third at a time of 52.26, while Clayton Wahlstrom was fifth at 53.27. Wahlstrom also picked up a fifth place finish in the 200 at a time of 23.66.
The final places in the individual events came from the brothers Climenti in the shot put, with Paul finishing seventh with a best throw of 45-0 and Angelo coming in eighth with a best throw of 44-8.
All five of the Wildcat relay teams placed at the meet, with the 3200 team of Kenneth Myers, Graysen Trandem, Matt Dvorak and Herman placing second with a time of 8:32.07. The 1600 relay team of Glazier, Wahlstrom, Parsons and Thomsen was third at 3:29.44, while the medley team of David Hernandez, Thomsen, Myers and Colton Johnson placing fourth at 3:58.77. Also placing fourth was the 800 relay team of David Gaston, David Sigdestad, Johnson and Hernandez with a time of 1:38.20.
Finally, the 400 relay team took seventh place, as the team of Gaston, Sigdestad, Johnson and Hernandez combined to run a time of 51.19.
On the girls side, the Wildcats finished in sixth place with 74 points. Spearfish was the girls team champion with 178 points.
Tori Glazier led the Wildcat girls with a pair of gold medals, winning the 800 meter in a time of 2:19.51, while also winning the 1600 at 5:21.50. Morgan Parys also placed in the 1600, taking fourth in 5:43.10.
Julianne Thomsen was the other conference champion for Custer, winning the 300 hurdles in a time of 46.96. She also placed in the 100 hurdles, running a time of 16.20.
Parys picked up a sixth place finished in the triple jump with a leap of 31-1, while Lauren Esser placed in both of the throwing events, finishing fourth in the shot put with a best throw of 33-10 1/2 and eighth in the discus at 93-4.
Just like their male counterparts, the 3200 relay was the top relay for the Wildcat girls, as Matti Kelley, Emmalee Hollick, Billie Wicks and Parys joined forces to place second at a time of 10:19.93.
The medley team of Thomsen, Kelley, Wicks and Nykyla Malinosky placed fourth for Custer at 4:43.57, while two teams, the 800 (Malinosky, Sidney Snyder, Jordan Menken, Paige Seidler) and the 1600 (Wicks, Malinosky, Thomsen, Glazier) finished fifth, at times of 2:01.26 and 4:25.99, respectively. Rounding out the girls relays was a sixth place finish from Snyder, Malinosky, Seidler and Menken in the 400 relay at a time of 58.33.
The Wildcats will head to Belle Fourche tomorrow for the region track meet, set to begin at 9:30 a.m. As always, the Wildcats will focus on getting more athletes qualified for the state meet than pursuing a team championship at the meet. The top two finishers in each event qualify for the state meet.
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