Track team off to blistering start
Published: Thursday, April 4th, 2013
It’s only early April, but the Custer High School track team appears to be in mid-season form.
Several Wildcats posted state-qualifying marks and a school record fell at last Thursday’s Speed Goat Classic in Newcastle, Wyo., as Sam McNeel posted a new school record in the long jump of 17-5 1/2 to win the event and qualify for state. McNeel broke the school record of 17-1 with the leap. McNeel had tied the record a year ago. Tricia Baumann also jumped 17-1 in 1984.
McNeel also placed first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.64 (also a state qualifying time) and was second in the 200 at a time of 27.77. She rounded out her day by anchoring the 1600 relay team that placed second at 4:22.76. Other 1600 relay team members were Julianne Thomsen, Billie Wicks and Nykyla Malinosky.
Thomsen had herself a nice day as well, joining forces with Destinee Fish, Ashlee Eggers and Nykyla Malinosky to place second in the 3200 relay at a time of 11:10.33, while also placing second in the 300 hurdles at 51.10.
Moe Mack placed second in the high jump by clearing 4-10, while also placing fourth in the 200 with a time of 28.41. Other double placewinners included Jazmin Hitschew, second in the 1600 at 5:57.62 and fourth in the 800 at 2:40.91, and Matti Kelley third in both the 800 and 3200 at 2:36.68 and 13:03.00, respectively. Other top four finishers included Darian Turner in the 100 hurdles (19.33) and Ally Hass in the pole vault (7-0). The 400 relay team of Mack, Turner, Destinee Cole and Allie Spring was second at 55.90.
In the team competition, Custer finished second with 113 points, while Hill City placed first with 140.5 points.
The Wildcat boys crushed the competition at the meet, racking up 222 points, over double the points second place finishing Newcastle scored, 97.
Three different Wildcats qualified for state at the meet, led by senior Jared Thomsen in the hurdles, who raced to a first place finish in both the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.48 and 40.42, respectively.
Both of the boys teams defending state champions picked up where they left off last year, as Clayton Wahlstrom qualified for state and won the pole vault by clearing 11-6, while Brennan Witt cruised to a win in the 800 with a time of 1:58.63.
Chase Glazier picked up a pair of first place finishes, winning the 200 in a time of 24.01 and the 400 at 53.14, while Cody Herman picked up a first place finish in the 1600, just barely missing qualifying for state with his time of 4:40.92. Custer’s other individual championships came from Brandon Irwin in the shot put with a toss of 45-8 1/2, and Logan Heuer in the discus with a throw of 134-1.
Joel Thomsen placed just behind his brother in both of the hurdle events, posting times of 17.00 in the 110 hurdles and 43.48 in the 300 hurdles, while Kenneth Myers picked up second in the 400 with a time of 55.31.
Third place finishes came from Matt Dvorak in the 1600 in a time of 5:06.41, Logan Huntington in the 800 at 2:06.44, Cody Martinz in the 100 at 12.13, Adam Baker in the triple jump at 38-11, Erwin in the discus with a throw of 128-11 and Sam Mertz in the pole vault with a height of 9-0. The team also picked up a couple of fourth place finishes, including Baker in the long jump at 18-11 1/2 and Israel Parsons in the 800 with a time of 2:13.00.
The team was strong in the relays at the meet, with both the 1600 meter relay (Glazier, Myers, Joel Thomsen, Jared Thomsen) at 3:35.38 and the 3200 meter team (Parsons, Huntington, Chris Pinkerton, Shane Herman) at 8:48.79 finishing first. The 400 team of Myers, Martinz, Wahlstrom and Gaston finished second at 47.47.
Friday the team will head to Spearfish for the Queen City Meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
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