Wildcats finally get back on track
Published: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
After three weeks of inactivity due to rain and snow, the Custer High School track team got back into action at the Black Hills Track Classic last Saturday in Sturgis. The meet was attended by many area schools, including some from the Class AA ranks.
“We had a really good day and got a bunch more qualified (for state),” Custer head coach Craig Black said.
Among the qualifers for the girls was the medley relay team of Moe Mack, Billie Wicks, Julianne Thomsen and Tori Glazier, which placed first at a time of 4:25.67. Thomsen and Glazier teamed up with Matti Kelley and Tori Dahlstrom to place second in the 3200 relay at a time of 10:08.04, which was also a state-qualifying time.
Other girls to place included Mack placing third in the high jump, clearing 5-1, and Sam McNeel placing fifth in the long jump at 5-10 3/4 and eighth in the 400 with a time of 63.10.
Rounding out the girls placewinners was the 800 relay team of (Mesa Goebel, Nykyla Malinosky, Mack and Wicks) at 1:56.61.
Five more boys punched tickets to the state meet, led by the 3200 tandem of Cody Herman and Logan Burns, who both ran qualifying times in the event. Herman finished third with a time of 9:53.17, while Burns didn’t place but ran a 10:20.76. Brennan Witt qualified in the 400 while placing third with a time of 50.42. Dakota McGee qualifed for state in the high jump, placing second while clearing 6-1, while Sam Mertz also qualified in the pole vault by clearing 11-0.
Jared Thomsen brought home a pair of medals, placing fourth in the 110 hurdles at 15.84 and sixth in the 400 at 52.22. Other individual placewinners included Logan Heuer fifth in the discus (140-5), Paul Climenti sixth in the shot put (45-5 3/4), Clayton Wahlstrom seventh in the pole vault (12-9), Israel Parsons eighth in the 800 (2:04.93) and Logan Huntington eighth in the 1600 (4:45.9).
In the relay events, the team of David Gaston, Cody Martinz, Matt Dvorak and Cody Herman placed second in the medley relay at 3:51.62, while the team of Wahlstrom, Witt, Joel Thomsen and Erik Hiltunen was third in the 1600 relay at 3:39.49. The 3200 team of Burns, Joel Thomsen, Graysen Trandem and Chance Dooley was fifth at 9:08.10, and the 800 team of Gaston, Martinz, Hiltunen and Wahlstrom was seventh at 1:38.01.
This weekend the team will split up, with some of the team heading to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls Friday and Saturday, and some of the team competing at the Mountain West Invitational in Lead Saturday. That meet begins at 9:30 a.m.
At the Howard Wood meet, Witt, the only Class A runner to run under two minutes in the 800 this season, will compete in the special 800 race through invitation. Witt will compete against athletes from across the state, as well as North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in the race.
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