JAY DAVIS: Is track and field all you ever talk about?
Jay, Jay, Jay; is track all you ever talk about? Well, yes. When the teams keeps setting new standards and keep running times and marking distances that are at the top and on top of the state, that’s all I’m talking about.
For the record (no pun or redundancy intended), the 2012 track team has rewritten four records so far this season. The boys’ 1600-meter relay team dropped their record another second on Saturday in Sturgis after setting the new standard earlier this season. The Friesz brothers, Bailley and Peyton, Austin Borah and Cody Schaefbauer are the holders of two records, coupling their 1600 with their 800-meter record of 1:30.91. Their races are ranked first and third in Class A, respectively.
The other two records belong to the dynamic discus duo of Daniel Roberts and Steph Gemar.
Roberts’ 192-5.5 is still 13 feet farther than second place Tyler Schultz of Custer, who Roberts just beat in head-to-head competition on Saturday.
Gemar’s 132-5 is holding its ground. Ashley Ostrem of Beresford, at 130-6, is the only Class A thrower within eight feet of Gemar. The two could be squaring off this weekend in Sioux Falls.
Four more Tiger records should be put on notice that they might not last much longer. Borah busted past the 11-second mark with a 10.8 in the 100-meter on Saturday. Being just a sophomore, Borah can set his eyes directly on the 10.67 Derrick Orth ran in 1997. Speaking of Orth and 1997 records, the ex-Tiger speedster won the ’97 state championship in the 400 with a time of 49.65. Bailley Friesz broke the 50-second mark at state last year and will be looking to do it again before his final season ends.
With four weekends left in her career, Kass Keller can set her sights on two Lady Tiger records, one she already owns and one that has been around since 1992. Keller ran the 400 in 1:00.33 last season. She has not run that fast this season yet, but she will. Keller has been on the cusp of qualifying for state in the 200 all season. As the weather warms, she will be dropping below the 27-second mark soon, having run a 27-second flat already. When the conditions are right, the 26.46 run by Jodi Rabenberg in ’92 will be in jeopardy.
Things will be interesting when the Tigers compete in the Sioux Falls Relays this weekend. The relays are new and were created because Howard Wood Field and the Howard Wood Relays are being remodeled, revamped and reconsidered. The best runners, jumpers and throwers in the state (and surrounding states) will be on hand this weekend. There is a chance of rain, but the weather should be warm and ideal for running very fast.
If more records are broken, well, you can guess what this column will be about next week.