Injuries hampered Tony Kluver last year, but he’s making up for lost time this year.
The senior from Killdeer High School has won the javelin event twice over the past two weeks, making him a three-time champion this year.
He won the event at the Badlands Conference track meet in Bowman, then won at Dickinson State University’s Biesiot Activities Center in the BAC Track and Field Classic.
In the conference meet on May 2, Kluver won the event with a toss of 136 feet, 10 inches, two feet farther than runner-up Dillan Kovash of Dickinson Trinity.
Then, on May 6, he crushed the competition that featured several Class A powers with a career-best toss of 149 feet. Oh, and by the way, the runner-up – Kovash again – marked at 142-02.
At Bowman, Killdeer placed sixth in the team race with 45.5 points. Dickinson Trinity ran away with the title by scoring 152 points.
In addition to Kluver’s victory, the Cowboys saw Rope Smith capture gold in the discus – an event where three Killdeer athletes placed. Smith won the event with a toss of 136 feet, one inch further than runner-up Jackson Faller of Watford City. Meanwhile Pat Williams was seventh at 118-03, and Alex Sadowsky was eighth at 116-07.
Hoyt Zander was second in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, which tied his career best. Watford City’s Braedon Gumke had the same clearance as Zander, but he won first place because he had less misses.
Other Killdeer placers included: Kacen Gartner, seventh in the 200(24.05); Stephen Westarp tied Andrew Miller of Bowman County for fifth n the 800 (2:14.98); Garret LeMieux was fifth in the high jump (5-08); Liam McFadden was eight in the shot put (38-07); and Dylan Tabor was fifth in the javelin (127-10.5).
The Cowboys competed at the DHS Carlson Booster at Dickinson State on May 4 and placed 11th in the 14-team field with 12.5 points.
Gartner placed in two events, taking fourth in the 200 (24.67), and seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.99).
Zander placed fifth in the pole vault (12-00) and Rope Smith was seventh in the discus (125-07).
At the BAC Classic, Zander got a measure of revenge over Gumke by winning the pole vault with a mark of 12-6 on a windy day. Gumke went out at 12 feet.
Led by Zander and Kluver, the Cowboys placed in six events and they dominated the javelin.
With Kluver leading the way, Killdeer had four placers in the javelin. Tabor was fourth (141-01), Zander fifth (132-08) and Sadowsky seventh (127).
Meanwhile, Williams placed sixth in the discus (124-10); the 800-meter relay team of Liam Reilly, Dukart, Dillan Jepson and Gartner was fifth (1:39.86); the 400-meter relay team of Zander, Dukart, Jepson and Gartner was third (47.04); Dukart was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (16.51); and Garrett Calkins was eighth in the 3,200-meter run (13:17.61).