JAY DAVIS: Tigers and Wolverines poised to make noise at state track
Like the Tigers, the Herreid-Selby Area Wolverines are looking to finish with a team plaque at the State Track and Field Championships this weekend.
Class A and Class B both have prohibitive favorites. Custer will probably stand alone in Class A. Viborg-Hurley looks to be a cut above the rest of the field in Class A.
Things never go as projected, but if they do, here’s where the teams will end up.
The Tigers will win three state titles, which would be very big news indeed! I don’t believe that has ever been done.
Daniel Roberts is ranked first in discus. His season-best throw of 188 feet, nine inches is 10 feet better than anyone else. It is also the sixth longest throw in state history (seventh if you count both of his throws that went beyond 190 feet last season). That’s 10 points.
The 800-meter and 1600-meter relay team of Austin Borah, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller and Cody Schaefbauer is ranked first in both races. There will be more than one team in each field that is capable of knocking the Tigers off, but we’re taking the best possible scenario here. That’s 20 more points for 30.
The Tigers are ranked in the top eight four more times. Roberts is ranked third in shot put. Schaefbauer is ranked fourth in the 400. Borah is ranked sixth in the 200 and 400. That’s 14 more points. Without any changes, the Tigers will score 44 points, which is right there with the 46 they scored last year. There are some wildcards. The Tigers have quite a few places where someone could step up and score points, including the medley relay team that finished fourth last year.
Herreid-Selby Area is on course to score a few more points than the Tigers.
The Wolverines are leading Class B in two events. Austin Iverson has a strong lead in the 110-meter hurdles and Cooper Schaefbauer is the only pole-vaulter to reach 13 feet. That’s 20 points.
Dakota Thorstenson is ranked second in the high jump and the 400-meter relay team has the second fastest time. That’s 16 points.
Nick Larson is ranked third in the 100. Iverson is ranked fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Thorstenson is ranked seventh in triple jump and the 800-meter relay team is ranked seventh. That’s 15 more points.
Add that up and the Wolverines are on course to score 51 points this weekend. If they live up to their wants and expectations, the Wolverines will be in a dogfight with Freeman and Parker for a second-place finish.
We’ll see how this all plays out, but one thing is for sure; Walworth and Campbell counties are the homes to some terrific track and field athletes this year.