Hoyt Zander was a little tired after the Southwest Region Track Meet in Beach on May 20. And who could blame him.
The Killdeer senior was busy qualifying for the 2017 North Dakota State High School Track and Field Championships in Bismarck in four events.
And, as one of four individual the Cowboys had, he helped Killdeer place third in the regional track meet. Zander tied for first in the pole vault, Tony Kluver was tops in the javelin, and Rope Smith won the discus to power Killdeer to 107 points.
Dickinson Trinity won the 132-team meet with 169.5 points, followed in second by Bowman County’s 134 points.
The day, though, was Zander’s.
He qualified for state in the pole vault, javelin, long jump and a cog in the Cowboys’ state-qualifying 400-meter relay team.
Zander had already qualified for state in the pole vault. He did that in the first meet of the season. But he, nonetheless, did it again by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches. It was good enough to tie Mat Carlson of Bowman County for first.
While he is a seasoned veteran in the pole vault, Zander surprised some in the long jump. He picked up the event for the first time a couple weeks ago and was jumping in the 19-feet range. But in the with a leap of 20-09.75, more than a foot further than he had ever jumped before. regional meet, he exploded
In the javelin, Zander was seeded third going into the meet and that held up when he marked at 143- 07.
In his final event, Zander was the opening leg of the relay team that featured Cole Dukart, Dillan Jepson and Kacen Gartner. The Cowboys placed second with a time of 45.72 seconds, just behind Dickinson Trinity.
Kluver continued his Southwest Region dominance in the javelin, keying a Killdeer attack that dominated the event with five placers. Kluver, throwing into a slight breeze, tossed the javelin 158-05 feet for first place. Following Zander in third place was Dylan Tabor in fourth, Rope Smith in seventh and Alex Sadowsky eighth.
Smith, meanwhile, flexed his muscles in the discus, setting a meet record with a personal best toss of 149-08 feet – 4.6 feet further than he had ever thrown before.
And like the javelin, Killdeer showed a lot of balance in the discus, with four placers. After Smith, Sadowsky followed in second place with a personal best 138-02 mark. Pat Williams placed fourth and Garrett LeMieux was fifth.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Cowboys, however, came in the 3,200-meter run. Seventh-grade sensation Jace Andersen qualified for state in just his second race of the season with a gutty bronze-medal-winning effort. He posted a time of 10 minutes, 54.21 seconds, less than three seconds behind champion Brian Miller of Bowman County.
Overall, the Cowboys placed in 14 events, including all four relays.
In addition to the 400-relay, Killdeer was fifth in the 800- and 3,200-meter relays, and seventh in the 1,600-meter relays.
Other Killdeer placers included LeMieux (third in high jump), Gartner (eighth in 400), Stephen Westarp (eighth in 800), Dukart (fourth in 110-meter hurdles), Liam McFadden (seventh in shot put), and Cody Bryant (eighth in shot put).