Magstadt making transitionLess than a year ago, Nathan Magstadt was the top high school hurdler in North Dakota. Now a freshman at Dickinson State, Magstadt is showing he has the tools to succeed at the college level, too.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Less than a year ago, Nathan Magstadt was the top high school hurdler in North Dakota.
Now a freshman at Dickinson State, Magstadt is showing he has the tools to succeed at the college level, too.
The Dickinson High School graduate is one of the Blue Hawks’ few freshmen who will compete at the NAIA indoor track and field national championships in Geneva, Ohio.
“When you’re a senior in high school and doing well, you’re kind of on top of the world,” Magstadt said. “Then you go to college and you’re back down to square one.”
Magstadt, who won Class A state titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles last May, is ranked 18th in the NAIA in the 60-meter hurdles.
His time of 8.31 seconds is fourth among freshmen.
“I didn’t think I’d be going to national indoors as a freshman, but I can’t complain,” Magstadt said.
DSU head coach Pete Stanton said Magstadt is a natural fit for the hurdles.
Magstadt’s 6-foot-4 frame has helped him make a seamless transition from the 39-inch high hurdles used at the high school level to the 42-inch hurdles used in college.
“That hasn’t slowed him up at all when it will for some of the younger guys coming out of high school,” Stanton said. “The other thing that’s just a big plus with him is he’s getting stronger. You’ve got that ability and some added strength, great attitude and work ethic.”
Stanton believes Magstadt is only scratching the surface of his talent, however.
Once the outdoor season hits and Magstadt moves to the 400 hurdles, he will be able to stretch his legs, so to speak.
“He’s one that as the race gets longer, he’s going to get better,” Stanton said.
Magstadt said he feels the 400 is a more natural fit for his running style than the 60.
“It’s just working on getting a better start. In the shorter race, you have to have a better start,” Magstadt said. “… I think I’m a better mid-distance runner than a sprinter.”
Stanton said Magstadt’s goal for the national championships should be to reach the semifinals.
“That can spring board him into the outdoor season,” Stanton said.