JAY DAVIS: Annual MYO Middle School track meet is Friday


One of my favorite days of spring sports is coming Friday when the young Tigers host the Mobridge Youth Organization Middle School Track Meet.

This is the day we get to meet the athletes who will don the varsity uniforms in the near future. I first saw the speed of Austin Borah and the throwing ability of Steph Gemar at the MYO meet.

There is a lot of talent coming up for the Tigers. The team’s future will be on full display on Friday. Field events start at 2 p.m. Running events get started at 3 p.m.

The young Tigers and Lady Tigers will be competing against Herreid-Selby Area, Aberdeen Central, Lemmon, McLaughlin, McIntosh, Wakpala, Edmunds Central, Timber Lake, Bison, Faith, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Strasburg, N.D., and Linton-HMB, N.D., and possibly a couple more.

Unfortunately, there is not enough room in this week’s sports pages to list all of the records for the meet, but here are the ones held by Mobridge-Pollock. There are some familiar names on this list. Sorry I don’t have the names for record holding relay teams.

In the boys’ eighth-grade division: Logan Albers holds the 400-meter dash record of 56.92 seconds set in 2003. Billy Hardcastle holds and discus (133-6) and shot put (52-9) records set in 2002.

In the girls’ eighth-grade division: Danielle Beadle set the 1600-meter run record at 6:03.65 just last spring; the 800-meter relay team set the record at 1:58.9 in 2011.

In the boys’seventh grade division: Brady Dunbar set the long jump (17-4.5) and triple jump (35-0.5) records in 2001; Cody Zeller set the shot put record at 42-11 in 2007; Carson Keller set the discus record at 126-2 last year; and the medley relay record was set at 1:55.9 in 2006.

In the girls’ seventh-grade division: Caitlin Friesz set the 800-meter (2:33.77) and 1600-meter (5:53.72) records in 2003; Kacey Utter set the triple jump record at 29-10.5 in 2003; and the 800-meter relay team went 2:02.28 in 2007.

The weather will not be ideal on Friday, but we will see. Maybe some future Tigers will add their names to the record book.

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