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Boys team takes aim at state title

Published: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

For the past few years, the Custer High School boys track team has been among the favorites to win it all when the Class A State Track Meet rolled around. And, for the past few years, the title has remained elusive.
The Wildcats hope to break its string of oh-so-close finishes this weekend when it heads East River for the state meet. Head coach Craig Black said this year’s team is as strong, or even stronger, than the best teams he has taken to a state as head or assistant coach. Seventeen boys qualified for the meet.
“You always hope you have a good shot at winning it, and this team is as strong as any team I’ve had,” he said. “It’s just, do you get the right breaks? Are you able to put it all together without errors? That’s why you run the meet.”
Of the 17 boys who will make the trip to Sioux Falls and Lennox, several are among the favorites to win individual championships. Brennan Witt is eyeing a third consecutive championship in the 800, while Clayton Wahlstrom will look for back-to-back championships in the pole vault. Jared Thomsen in both hurdle events, Cody Herman in the 1600 and 3200, Witt in the 1600 and the medley, 1600 and 3200 relays all have shots at championships.
“We are about as healthy as we have been. We have a tiny nag here or there, but minor stuff,” Black said. “We are doing a lot of precautionary things this week to make sure we’re staying healthy.”
The boys added to its state meet depth last Thursday in Spearfish, when it traveled to the Region 8A meet, won a team championship and secured five more state-qualifiers in the process.
Logan Huntington qualified for state by winning the 1600 in a time of 4:45.25, while Joel Thomsen qualified for the 110 hurdles by winning the event in 16.31 seconds. Other state qualifying performances included Logan Heuer winning the discus with a toss of 148-1, Adam Baker placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 39-9 1/2, Israel Parsons placing second in the 800 at 2:02.87 and Brandon Erwin placing second in the shot put with a throw of 47-3 1/2.

For the past few years, the Custer High School boys track team has been among the favorites to win it all when the Class A State Track Meet rolled around. And, for the past few years, the title has remained elusive.

The Wildcats hope to break its string of oh-so-close finishes this weekend when it heads East River for the state meet. Head coach Craig Black said this year’s team is as strong, or even stronger, than the best teams he has taken to a state as head or assistant coach. Seventeen boys qualified for the meet.

“You always hope you have a good shot at winning it, and this team is as strong as any team I’ve had,” he said. “It’s just, do you get the right breaks? Are you able to put it all together without errors? That’s why you run the meet.”

Of the 17 boys who will make the trip to Sioux Falls and Lennox, several are among the favorites to win individual championships. Brennan Witt is eyeing a third consecutive championship in the 800, while Clayton Wahlstrom will look for back-to-back championships in the pole vault. Jared Thomsen in both hurdle events, Cody Herman in the 1600 and 3200, Witt in the 1600 and the medley, 1600 and 3200 relays all have shots at championships.

“We are about as healthy as we have been. We have a tiny nag here or there, but minor stuff,” Black said. “We are doing a lot of precautionary things this week to make sure we’re staying healthy.”

The boys added to its state meet depth last Thursday in Spearfish, when it traveled to the Region 8A meet, won a team championship and secured five more state-qualifiers in the process.

Logan Huntington qualified for state by winning the 1600 in a time of 4:45.25, while Joel Thomsen qualified for the 110 hurdles by winning the event in 16.31 seconds. Other state qualifying performances included Logan Heuer winning the discus with a toss of 148-1, Adam Baker placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 39-9 1/2, Israel Parsons placing second in the 800 at 2:02.87 and Brandon Erwin placing second in the shot put with a throw of 47-3 1/2.

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