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High school notebook: Cowboys exceeding expectations

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Killdeer senior Tucker Beck lands in the pit after his long jump during the Carlson Booster Meet on April 10 at the Biesiot Activities Center. Beck is qualified in five events including the long jump.

Second-year head coach Nathan Horgeshimer knew the Killdeer boys track and field team was going to be talented.

The Cowboys didn’t wait long to impress their head coach.

Killdeer has collected 11 state-qualifying marks, which includes a school record and some of the fastest times in Class B.

“It’s been a fun season and the boys are running really well,” Horgeshimer said. “We have had a lot of good things and a lot of improvements throughout the season.

“They probably even exceeded our expectations because they’ve run some pretty incredible times.”

The Killdeer 400-meter relay team of senior Tucker Beck, and juniors Caleb Musick, Trenton Rohr and Lewis Dobitz broke the event’s school record with a time of 43.76 seconds during the Richardton-Taylor Booster meet on Monday. The relay team’s time is the fastest in Class B. The same quartet has also ran a state-qualifying time in the 800 relay. The foursome of junior Hunter Lincoln, Beck, Rohr and Dobitz is one of only two teams in the state to reach a state-qualifying mark in the 1,600 relay.

Individually, Beck, Rohr and Dobitz are all qualified in the 100 and 200 meters. Beck and Dobitz have the two fastest 200-meter times at 22.14 and 22.24 seconds, respectively. Dobitz also holds a state-qualifying time in the 400.

For the field events, Beck is the only Cowboy to reach a state-qualifying distance in the long jump. He jumped a distance of a 21 feet, which is the 11th best jump in Class B.

Despite having some of the best times in Class B, Killdeer isn’t taking any breaks. Horgeshimer said a majority of the athletes have competed at the state meet for one to two years and they know what they need to do to be ready for the most important meet of the season — state.

“They’ve been there a couple times and they know what it takes to be there,” Horgeshimer said. “Coach (Andy) Murphy works with sprinters and he does a good job of keeping those guys on task with what they need to be doing.”

Horgeshimer said reaching the state meet has helped the Cowboys become tougher as they were racing and jumping against competitors.

“A lot the guys that beat them in opens and relays last year were seniors and graduated,” he said. “They were finally going to be some of the older guys instead of being the young freshman and sophomores like they were the last couple of years.”

Titans trying to reach midseason form

Getting into midseason form is easier said than done.

Especially when tournaments are cancelled and weather prevents practice.

The Dickinson Trinity boys golf team has had three tournaments — one of which was limited to nine holes due to gale-force winds pushing golf balls across the greens — and only have four left before the state.

“It’s tough, it’s frustrating,” Trinity head coach Tyler Reisenauer said. “The kids get frustrated because they aren’t shooting the scores that they were last year or the year before because they don’t have any reps in. It’s not like fall golf where the kids play all summer and they are coming in and they have everything grooved out. Spring golf is tough, especially in North Dakota.”

Reisenauer knows the team has the capability of performing well. However, the number of rounds played isn’t anywhere close to the number he wants.

“The biggest thing right now is practicing and getting the reps in for these guys to kind of get rid of not swinging a club for six months,” he said. “That’s been the toughest challenge. This week, we’ve been out here and the kids have been putting in the time. They are starting to get the rust out. As far as tournament atmosphere, we are still lacking that because we haven’t had that.”

The most recent tournament for the Titans was the East-West Shootout at the Jamestown Country Club, where they placed runner-up and sophomore Willy Jahner finished runner-up individually. Jahner is the only Trinity golfer qualified for state after shooting a 71 during the Region 5 individual qualifier on May 1 at Pheasant Country Golf Course in South Heart.

The Titans return to competition traveling to the Standing Rock Invitational at Tom O’Leary Golf Course in Bismarck.

“It was kind of last minute with Standing Rock going to Tom O’Leary, because we usually play in Mandan at Prairie West, but it’s a tournament,” Reisenauer said.

Trinity track takes advantage of optimal conditions

The Dickinson Trinity track and field teams waited and waited for a nice day.

It finally arrived during the Richardton-Taylor Booster meet on Monday.

Trinity co-head coach Andrew DesRosier said he couldn’t be happier with what the team accomplished. The Titans grabbed a total of six state-qualifying marks — including the 400- and 800-meter relays for the boys and girls — on Monday.

“Up until Monday, the season had kind of been a slow build where we got one or maybe two things done per meet,” DesRosier said. “Monday was really the first day that we saw a cascade of things fall into place for us. That was in large part due to the weather.

“The results we saw on Monday were a huge moral boost for the whole team and even for the coaching staff. In the meetings and discussions afterward, we felt like we started to get a little mojo going. We’ve been waiting a long time this season to have that feeling.”

Though the second-year co-head coach was pleased with the team’s performance, there are only two weeks until the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet begins May 23 at the Bismarck Community Bowl. The Titans travel to the Town Crier Meet at Beach on Saturday.

“We are coming down to crunch time and we want to keep the eye on the prize,” DesRosier said. “It’s the end of the year and we have goals. We took a huge stride on Monday, but now it comes down to consistency and showing up on the day of the big meets which are regionals and state.”