Timing and talent is what makes a relay team successful.
The Killdeer boys 1,600-meter relay team showed plenty of both at the Sakakawea County Classic in Hazen on April 22.
The team of Liam Riley, Orion Bowen, Stephen Westarp and Kacen Gartner, ran away from the field to win first place with a time of one minute, 56.4 seconds – more than four seconds faster than runner-up Watford City.
The Cowboys bettered their time in the event by nearly seconds from their effort at the Bison-Miner Invitational on this same track two weeks ago. They posted a time of 3:59 in finishing eighth at the Bison-Miner.
Alex Sadowsky also had good timing and the talent to win the discus. The junior posted a mark of 124 feet, nine inches, besting the rest of the field by more than three feet.
As a team, the Cowboys placed in 11 events and tallied 90 points, which was good enough for third place in the 14-team field. Watford City won the meet with 112 points, followed closely by Dickinson Trinity with 111.
Most of the Cowboys who missed the Bison-Miner meet due to a school trip were back and the depth showed, particularly in the javelin and discus. Killdeer had four of the top five performers in the javelin and three of the top five in the discus.
After Sadowsky, Pat Williams posted third with a toss of 118 feet, while Liam McFadden placed fifth at 111-3. McFadden also placed third in the shot put with a mark of 41-8.
In the Javelin, Tony Kluver posted his best effort with a second-place finish with a toss of 141-3, followed in order by Dylan Tabor (139-2), Sadowsky (135-6), and Hoyt Zander (127).
Zander also placed second in the pole vault after clearing 12 feet.
Cole Dukart was also a double placer for the Cowboys, taking fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles and eighth in the long jump.
Other Killdeer placers included: Gartner, fourth in the 200-meter dash; Bowen, eighth in the 400-meter dash; and Garett Calkins, third in the 3,200-meter run.