JAY DAVIS:Three Tiger records were broken at last year’s Early Bird Meet


The weather will not be like it was last year when three Tiger track records went down, but it will be pretty nice when the area track teams converge at Tiger Stadium for the Early Bird Meet tomorrow.

If you recall, conditions were so ideal last year that Daniel Roberts heaved the second longest discus throw in the history of South Dakota track and field. Roberts started his junior year with a throw of 192 feet, 5.5 inches.

He was not the only one to take advantage of the perfect spring day. Steph Gemar gave the team a double-double setting a new discus record and the 800-meter relay team stopped the clock at a new record time.

Is there something all three records have in common? Why, yes there is. Roberts, Gemar and the relay team of Cody Schaefbauer, Austin Borah and Peyton and Bailley Friesz all went on to finish second in state.

One can say that too much can be read into early success, but be sure to read into athletes who come out of the box red-hot tomorrow.

While he did not set a new Tiger record, Austin Borah did set a new Early Bird record in the 200 with a time of 23.43 seconds.

Herreid-Selby Area had a big day in the high jump pit last year. Haylee Biel set a new meet record by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch. Dakota Thorstenson tied the high jump record at 6-4. By the way, he tied the record of basketball assistant coach Luke Enos, who set the record while jumping for Faith in 2006.

With an 1-team roster, there could be some records set tomorrow. The weather is cooperating with the Early Bird for the fourth year in a row and new meet records have been set every year.

Breaking records may be a difficult task at the Early Bird, but not because of the weather. It might get up to around 50 degrees in the afternoon. Records may be hard to come by because this late spring has not given the athletes ideal weather for preseason training.

We shall see. We won’t know until the 1600-meter relay has been run just who will add their name to the Mobridge-Pollock Early Bird Meet record book.


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