Trek to Sturgis for track team ‘well worth it’

Relay teams from Killdeer High School took advantage of warmer weather and top competition Saturday at Sturgis, S.D.

Jon Mossett (right) had a nice race in the 3200, dropping 45 seconds. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)
Jon Mossett (right) had a nice race in the 3200, dropping 45 seconds. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)
Rylee Clark had a personal record in the pole vault in competition at Sturgis, S.D. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)
Rylee Clark had a personal record in the pole vault in competition at Sturgis, S.D. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)
Amber Kukla, and her three teammates, placed fifth in the 3200-meter relay. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)
Amber Kukla, and her three teammates, placed fifth in the 3200-meter relay. (Photo by TERRI HOUGHTON/Herald)

By EDDIE HIBBS III

For the Herald

Posted May 1, 2013

Relay teams from Killdeer High School took advantage of warmer weather and top competition Saturday at Sturgis, S.D.

“Tucker (Beck), Caleb (Musick), Lewis (Dobitz) and Hunter (Lincoln) went down to run relays against some good competition in Sturgis,” Killdeer boys head track coach Nathan Horgeshimer said.

The long trek was well worth it for the Cowboys. The quartet ran qualifying times in the 400 and 800 relays, placing second in the 400-meter relay (45.58) and fourth in the 800-meter relay (1:34.66).

“The boys looked good and had nice handoffs,” Horgeshimer added.

The Cowboys – with the same four runners – also won the sprint medley in 3:50.40.

“For the final race of the day, they ran the 2-2-4-8 sprint medley,” the coach explained. “The sprinters got Hunter a lead and he ran an outstanding 800 anchor leg to bring it home in first place.”

Dobitz and Beck also placed seventh in individual competition with Dobitz finishing the 100-meter dash in 11.65 and Beck finishing the 200 in 23.67. Jon Mossett also had a nice race in the 3200 and dropped 45 seconds.

The Killdeer girls also placed in a pair of relay events at Sturgis. In the 800-meter relay, Rylee Clark, Amber Kukla, Lexi Clarke and Kasey Houghton finished in fifth place with a time of 1:56.45. Brooke Fettig, Jurnee Murray, Lexi Clarke and Kukla also placed fifth in the 3200-meter relay, crossing the finish line at 3:50.40.

“We had a great competitive day at Sturgis,” Killdeer girls head coach Barb Quintus said. “The weather finally cooperated for the girls to compete. There were many South Dakota teams, and a Wyoming team that competed. In the individual events, the girls ran against Class AA schools, but in the relays, they competed against A and B schools.

“Kasey Houghton ran her personal best for this year in the 100 and 200 dash. Rylee Clarke had a PR in the pole vault, as well as Amber Kukla in the 800 run and during the 3200 relay. The 800 relay consisting of Rylee, Amber, Lexi, and Kasey took fifth place and the 3200 relay took fifth place; team consisting of Brooke, Jurnee, Lexi, and Amber.”

Not all members of the Killdeer track and field team made the trek into South Dakota. Some athletes stayed a little closer to home and competed at the meet in Beach.

“Brey (Gegelman) and Lane (Gaugler) had a good showing in the throws. Lane has stayed consistent in the disc so far this year. Brey has been a nice boost to our field events in his first year in track and placed well in Beach,” Horgeshimer said. “Cristian (Hernandez) had a huge personal best in the hurdles and Cody (Johnson) is starting to drop time in the 800.”

Gegelman was second in the javelin (132-0), second in the shot put (37-7) and fourth in the discus (100-3. Gaugler was second in the discus (103-4) and fifth in the shot put (34-0). Hernandez finished fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 19.08 and Johnson was third in the 800, finishing in 2:23.91.

The rest of the girls competed at the Beach meet as well.

“Competing well and placing high were Kallisha Keller, second in the pole vault, and Allison Scheetz, second in the discus,” Quintus said.

Keller was also seventh in the long jump (13-11) and eighth in the 100 (14.34). Scheetz also placed sixth in the shot put (27-5 ½). Abbie Zastoupil also placed with a throw of 27-2 in the shot put.

The Cowboys were scheduled to compete in the Badlands Conference Meet Thursday at Beach. The teams also will be traveling to Bismarck on Saturday for the New Salem-Almont Invite.


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