Four more qualify for state
Published: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Four more Custer High School track team members qualified for state at last Friday’s Region 8A track meet in Belle Fourche, while a few other team members already qualified in one event were able to qualify in additional events for this weekend’s Class A track meet.
Lauren Esser qualified in a pair of events, as she placed second in both the shot put (34-6) and discus (100-3). Logan Heuer also qualified in the discus on the boys side with a throw of 148-6, while Sam Mertz cleared 11-3 while taking third place in the pole vault, a height that qualified him for state. The final newcomer to the state team was Matti Kelley, who qualified in the 800 by virtue of her second place finish at 2:32.42.
Julianne Thomsen, who had already qualified in the 300 hurdles, qualifed in the 100 hurdles by placing second at a time of 16.81.
Tyrae Johnson led three Wildcats who placed in the 200 with a time of 28.19. Also placing in the 200 were Sidney Snyder, fifth at 28.75, and Nykyla Malinosky, eighth at 29.4.
Ally Hass picked up a fourth place finish in the pole vault by clearing 7-0, while Snyder was fifth in the same event with a best height of 6-6. Also claiming fifth place finishes were Tayler Carlson in the 400 (66.5) and Clara Sedlacek in the 800 (2:39.75).
A pair of Wildcat girls finished sixth in their events, including Morgan Parys in the triple jump at 29-6 3/4 and Trixie Schlechter in the long jump at 14-0. Grace Lewis finished seventh in the 300 hurdles at 58.27, while Jordan Menken was eighth in the shot put with a best toss of 29-5 1/2.
In the relays, the 3200 team of Emmalee Hollick, Parys, Billie Wicks and Jazmin Hitshew were third at 10:30.03. Three Wildcat girls teams finished fourth, including the 800 (Carlson, Johnson, Snyder, Malinosky) at 1:55.35, medley (Paige Seidler, Menken, Thomsen, Wicks) at 4:36.83 and 1600 (Sedlacek, Parys, Kelley, Malinosky) at 4:27.39. The final girls relay team was the fifth place finishing team of Seidler, Hass, Kendall Ashmore and Susanna Pratt in the 400 at 62.98.
St. Thomas More claimed the region championship with 154 points, followed by Lead-Deadwood with 122. Custer finished in fifth with 70 points.
In the boys competition, Adam Baker qualified for state in his second event when he went 41-0 1/2 in the triple jump, which was good for first place. Baker also won the high jump with a top height of 6-0.
Paul Climenti qualified for state in the shot put with a best throw of 47-0, which placed him second. Brother Angelo Climenti was sixth in the same event with a throw of 44-3 1/2.
Clayton Wahlstrom is the regional champion in the pole vault, as he cleared a best height of 13-3, while David Sigdestad was second in the pole vault with a top height of 11-9. Israel Parsons won the region championship in the 800 with a time of 2:05.14, while Logan Burns won the 3200 at a time of 10:10.01. Shane Herman came in second in the 3200 at 10:37.40, while Chance Dooley was fourth at 10:47.68.
The Wildcats had two placewinners in the 400, with Graysen Trandem finishing third at 54.45 and Matt Dvorak finishing just behind him in fourth at 54.82.
Two Wildcats placed in the 300 hurdles, as Logan Block finished fourth at 47.41 and Ben Wahlstrom was eighth at 54.83. Matt Lepke picked up a fifth place finish in the triple jump at 34-3 1/2, while Anthony Jones was sixth in the long jump at 17-8 1/2. The final individual placewinner for Custer was Rockâï¿½ï¿½Hayford, eighth in the 200 at 25.06.
A pair of Wildcat relay teams placed first, including the 1600 team of Wahlstrom, Chase Glazier, Joel Thomsen and Brennan Witt. The four combined to run a time of 3:25.72, setting a new school record. The old record of 3:26.3 that had stood since 1983. Witt and Glazier combined with Parsons and Burns to win the 3200 relay in a time of 8:16.34.
Two Wildcat relay teams placed third, including the 800 team of David Gaston, David Sigdestad, Colton Johnson and Graysen Trandem in a time of 1:36.09. The medly team of Gaston, Thomsen, Johnson and Kenneth Myers placed third at 3:45.58. The same four combined to place fourth in the 400 relay at 46.32.
In the team points race, St. Thomas More won the team title with 163 points, while Custer finished second with 148 points.
The Class A state track meet begins Friday in Madison. Saturday the action moves to Sioux Falls. Custer is the defending state boys champion.
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