State Track Meet Results and Comments
The Norsemen had a strong showing at the state track meet, and head coach Brian Petersen is already looking forward to next season.
Dakota Rusher placed ninth overall in the 3,200-meter run, with a time of 9:56.83.
“Dakota ran his career-best time of 9:56 which is also our new school record. He ran a very smart race and stayed within striking distance of placing the entire race,” Petersen said. “We’re very excited for Dakota because he has worked so hard for four years to get where he’s at and it is great for all R-S kids to see that you need to put work in to get something that you want. We are really going to miss Dakota next season but I think his legacy of hard work is something that will carry over to our next group of kids.”
Sam Diehl placed 16th overall in the high jump with a height of 5 feet 10 inches.
“This is Sam’s first experience jumping down at the State Track Meet and it is quite a bit different from a normal meet. In pretty bad conditions Sam did well for his first time down there,” Petersen said.
Diehl jumped over 5’10” on his first try and then didn’t get over 6’0” which is a height he would normally get, the coach said.
“We were very excited about the season that Sam had and the fact that he got to end down at the State Meet is even better. We talked about using what we learned this season and taking it into his next two years as an athlete. We look forward to the great things that Sam will do in the future and with hard work and off-season training we look for Sam to be one of the best High Jumpers in R-S history,” Petersen said.
Zach Shadlow placed 17th overall in the discus with a throw of 137 feet 9 inches.
“Zach has done a great job for us this season and getting to the State Meet is a great example of his work,” Petersen said. “He is a very consistent discus thrower due to his form work in practice. Again, we are very excited to see what Zach has in store in this event for his senior year. With another year to work on strength and explosiveness, we may see Zach around our school record as a senior and that is exciting.”
The 4x200-meter relay team of Brett Staton, Matt Moore, Lydon Heifner and Patrick Marlow ran a time of 1:34.15 but were disqualified due to runner being on the lane line.
“This was a great run by our guys. It was our best time of the season and we won our heat and placed what would have been 12th overall,” Petersen said. “However, we will DQ’ed as the judges felt one of our runners was on lane 5 line for three consecutive steps. We were still very excited for this group as we were able to get Matt Moore back after more than a month of recovery with a hamstring injury and they all ran so well.”
In the 4x100-meter relay, Brett Staton, Kyle Selby, Lydon Heifner and Patrick Marlow placed 10th overall with a time of 44.72.
“We had another season’s best with our prelims run in the 4x100m relay,” Petersen said. “We ended up two spots out of qualifying for the finals but we were excited to have run our best on the season and compete so well. The seniors in our sprint relay group deserved to run down at the State Track Meet for all of their hard work over the years. The younger guys in both of our sprint relay groups will have a really good shot at coming back next season. With a year of hard work in the weight room and in other sports, the sky is truly the limit for these groups.”
In the 800-meter run, Carter Greenfield placed 15th overall with a time of 2:02.02.
“We were pumped for Carter and his 800-meter run. This was his career best run and he got a tremendous opportunity to run at State as a sophomore,” Petersen said. “This is another young guy whose best is still yet to come. Carter is a great runner who, as he gets stronger, will be a real threat to be on the place medal stand in multiple events the next two seasons.”
Noah Thomas competed in the Wheelchair 100-, 200- and 400-meters, and shot put. He placed third overall. In the 100-meter WC, he placed second with a time of 21.39; first place in the 200-meter with a time of 37.55; second place in the 400-meter with a time of 1:14.80; and fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 11 feet 9.5 inches.
“It was not the best of conditions for Noah and the rest of the Wheelchair competitors. This was the first year for Noah to do the shot put and he did really well even though it was cold and raining,” Petersen said.
“In the 100 and 400, Noah got 2nd place by just a few tenths of a second but he competed very well and he was excited for the other guys as they are all pretty good friends. Noah’s best event on the day was the 200m race as he won it and looked very good. It was a pleasure coaching a guy like Noah for 4 years and we are going to miss him in the future. He will go down as one of the great WC competitors in State history has he has won multiple events over the years and he won the overall title last year as a junior.”