JAY DAVIS: Track shaping up for exciting second half

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If the track season keeps building the way it has been in the first half, the second half is going to pretty exciting.
The big news from this week is the Tiger 800-meter relay team dropping the school record yet again. With their running a 1:30.91 yesterday in Groton, the 800-meter relay team has moved to within a tenth of a second of Class A leader Madison. Of course, Madison’s 1:30.8 has been rounded up and the Tigers time will probably be rounded up to 1:31.0 so the official standing will not be completely accurate. The old Mobridge record stood for 50 years before. This time the record lasted all of 19 days. The new one might not last that long.

The big thing from the Rotary/Tiger Relays on Friday was a race that involved three of the members of the 800-meter relay team. I’ve seen a whole lot of meets in my day, but have never seen what happened in the 200. Watching Austin Borah, Bailley Friesz and Cody Schaefbauer finish 1-2-3 and all cross the line with a state-qualifying time was very cool: very cool, indeed.

With half a season to go, the Tigers are now qualified for state in nine events, including Daniel Roberts in the discus and the 1600-meter relay team being ranked first in state. It’s a far cry from the average season where the team does the majority of its qualifying at the region meet the last weekend of the regular season.

For a complete update, the Tigers are qualified in the 100 (Borah), 200 (Borah, Bailley Friesz, Cody Schaefbauer), 400 (Bailey Friesz), discus (Roberts), shot put (Roberts), high jump (Peyton Friesz), 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay.

The Lady Tigers are holding strong with Steph Gemar and Kass Keller. Gemar is still ranked on top of the Class A discus throwers. Keller sits sixth in the 400 and is moving in on the 200-meter mark. Keller has been two tenths of a second away in two races and was just one tenth of a second from hitting the qualifying mark yesterday.

The area’s Class B teams are also making some noise at the state level. The biggest jumps in the state standings came from the Rotary/Tiger Relays on Friday, where one relay and one individual moved right to the head of the class.
The Herreid-Selby Area boys ran Class B’s fastest 400-meter relay. Nick Larson, Derek Dumdie, Austin Iverson and Cooper Schaefbauer ran a super quick 45.35.

Kristie Mettler seems to love triple jumping at Tiger Stadium. She has hit the state-qualifying mark three times there in the last two years. This time her leap vaulted her past everyone in state. After Friday, Mettler leads Class B with a jump of 34-8.

Other Herreid-Selby Area performers who have already qualified for state, include high jumpers Dakota Thorstenson and Haylee Biel, and the boys’ 800-meter relay team, Eureka-Bowdle is building its list. The latest to qualify was Sierra Stotz, who did so by winning the 200 at the Redfield Relays. Megan Sandmeier is qualified in the long jump and triple jump and Damian Rosenberger is qualified in the high jump.

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