Boys run away with Custer meet
Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Just as they have been doing for the better part of two years, the Custer High School boys track team dominated its competition at last Friday’s Custer Invitational track meet, scoring 157 points and winning 10 events en route to the win.
The boys topped second-place-finishing St. Thomas More by 27 points, and had a double event winner in Joel Thomsen, who won both the 110 and 300 hurdles in times of 16.07 and 41.62, respectively.
Brennan Witt continued to show there isn’t a race he can’t excel at, as he entered the 400 for the first time this season and won in state-qualifying fashion, finishing in 50.61 seconds, just over a second better than teammate Chase Glazier, who was second at 51.77. Witt’s time was also a new meet record.
Witt also anchored the first-place-finishing 1600 relay team, combining to run with Glazier, Thomsen and Clayton Wahlstrom to finish in 3:30.24, which was also a meet record.
Logan Burns was the third Wildcat to set a new meet record, as he won the 3200 meter in 10:06.49, good for first place. Teammate Chance Dooley placed third in the same event, at a time of 10:57.30.
Three Wildcats won field events, beginning with Angelo Climenti uncorking a career-best throw of 156-8 in front of the home fans in the discus, which automatically qualified him for the state meet. Older brother Paul Climenti finished fourth in the event at 142-4. Paul Climenti was also fourth in the shot put at 48-0.
Adam Baker won the gold medal in the triple jump with a best leap of 40-9, while also placing second in the high jump by clearing 5-10.
The final first place finish came from David Sigdestad, who won the pole vault with a top height of 12-3.
The final state qualifier of the day was Shane Herman, who qualified for the 800 by virtue of running a time of 2:04.69, which was good for second place. Just behind Herman was Kenneth Myers in third place at 2:05.38, and just behind him was Israel Parsons in fourth place at 2:09.10.
The Wildcats had three other relay teams place at the meet, with the medley team of David Hernandez, Graysen Trandem, David Gaston and Matt Dvorak finishing second at 3:55.16, while the 3200 team of Trandem, Burns, Dvorak and Jace Woodward also finished second at 8:39.36. The 1600 team of Myers, Parsons, Herman and Trandem was fourth at 3:40.33.
Two Wildcat girls won a pair of medals at the meet, with Julianne Thomsen nearly matching brother Joel’s feat when she placed first in the 300 hurdles at a time of 47.76 while finishing third in the 100 hurdles at 16.21.
Lauren Esser was the ’Cats’ other double medal winner, finishing first in the shot put with a best throw of 35-3, and adding a sixth place finish in the discus with a best toss of 93-10 1/2. Custer’s other first place finish came from Tori Glazier, who ran the 400 in a meet-record time of 59.28 on her way to the win.
Two other Wildcat girls finished with individual places, with Billie Wicks finishing second in the 800 at a time of 2:32.77, and Morgan Parys placing fifth in the triple jump at 31-8 3/4.
Two relay teams placed for the girls, as well. Thomsen, Parys, Sidney Snyder and Nykyla Malinosky joined forces to place second in the medley relay at a time of 4:43.00, while Wicks, Thomsen, Malinosky and Glazier combined to place fourth in the 1600 relay at a time of 4:24.51.
In the team race, the St. Thomas More girls ran away with the title by scoring 116.5 points, easily beating second place Lead-Deadwood, which finished at 78.5 points. Custer finished in fourth with 66 points.
On April 22 two more school records fell at the Track-O-Rama in Rapid City when both Glazier and Julianne Thomsen set new school marks in the 800 and 300 hurdles, respectively.
Glazier placed first at the meet, running the race in 2:16.13, breaking her own record she set last year of 2:17.54. Glazier also broke the meet record with her time. Thomsen placed first in her race as well, running a time of 46.97, which beat the old school mark of 47.74 set by Sam McNeel in 2012.
The only other individual placewinner for the girls at the meet was Lauren Esser, who finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 27-5.
Two relay teams placed for the girls at the meet, as the team of Jordan Menken, Paige Seidler, Morgan Parys and Emmalee Hollick combined to run the medley relay in 4:56.39, which was good for fifth place. Also placing was the 3200 team of Parys, Hollick, Destinee Fish and Jazmin Hitshew, who combined to place sixth at a time of 10:48.45.
On the boys side of things, Chase Glazier qualified for the state meet in the 800, placing fourth in the race at a time of 2:02.03. The race was won by Brennan Witt, who cruised to the win in his signature event at a time of 1:57.19.
The Wildcats picked up a pair of first place finishes in relay events, with David Hernandez, Clayton Wahlstrom, Shane Herman and Israel Parsons winning the medley relay at a time of 3:48.33, and Herman, Parsons, Matt Dvorak and Logan Burns winning the 3200 relay at a time of 8:29.69.
Custer had four athletes grab second place medals, starting with Burns in the 3200 at a time of 10:07.26. Joel Thomsen placed second in the 300 hurdles at a time of 42.02, and Wahlstrom was second in the pole vault with a top height of 12-9. Rounding out the second place finishers was Angelo Climenti in the discus with a throw of 141-4.
Adam Baker picked up a pair of medals, finishing third in the triple jump with a best leap of 41-7 1/4 while also placing fifth in the long jump at 19-5.
In addition to placing third in the shot put and fifth in the discus, Custer thrower Paul Climenti also won the “Spirt of Ryan” award at the meet, given in honor of Ryan Gramberg, a Rapid City track and field athlete who died unexpectedly July 14. The award is given to a thrower who best exemplifies the kind of person Gramberg was, a thrower who is dedicated, a hard worker, shows good sportsmanship, is a good student, a nice person, the first person to volunteer and always working to make themselves better.
This weekend will see the track team split up and compete in a pair of meets, as some of the athletes will head east to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, while others will compete at the Mountain West Invitational in Deadwood. That meet is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start.
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