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Bruhschwein's ballad

Taylor Bruhschwein hopes to close out his high school sports career on a high note. The next two weeks mark the end of the Dickinson High senior's remarkable journey, which started with a successful doubles career in tennis, was highlighted by a ...

Taylor Bruhschwein hopes to close out his high school sports career on a high note.

The next two weeks mark the end of the Dickinson High senior's remarkable journey, which started with a successful doubles career in tennis, was highlighted by a Class A state basketball championship and is about to be capped with a chance at claiming even more track and field accolades.

Bruhschwein enters today's West Region track and field meet in Bismarck having already qualified in seven events, four of which are relays.

Dickinson co-coach Dave Michaelson said one of Bruhschwein's best qualities is his ability to keep his composure.

"I've watched him in basketball and tennis too, he doesn't let things bother him," Michaelson said. "He keeps things on an even keel."

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Bruhschwein brought an impressive track resume into this season, having placed third in the 400-meter dash and 300 hurdles. He was also a leg in the Dickinson's 1,600 state champion relay. He also helped the Midgets capture the overall state record in the 1,600 relay his sophomore season with a time of 3:21.81.

"We take a lot of pride in the mile relay," Bruhschwein said. "Everyone knows they have to run their best to be a part of the mile relay."

Bruhschwein would know. He's been a member the past three seasons. Michaelson said he has enjoyed coaching Bruhschwein.

"He's one of the most coachable kids," Michaelson said. "He's a soft-spoken leader, but the leadership qualities are there."

Bruhschwein said his intentions in today's meet is to improve his times in the open events as well as the relays. In the open events, he has qualified for state in the 200 and 400 dashes and 300 hurdles.

He said he'd like to improve his time in the 400.

"(I'd like to) get a better lane at state," Bruhschwein said.

According to Michaelson, Bruhschwein's versatility has been a huge part of Dickinson's success.

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"We use him a lot of places," Michaelson said. "That tells you a lot about his durability."

Michaelson said, for the most part, the boys don't have many in-betweeners. Many athletes who started the season with the potential to qualify for the state meet already have, though there are those who are looking at the West Region meet as their last chance to get there.

The top six finishers automatically qualify for state.

"There is definitely some pressure," Michaelson said. "If you're (normally) in seventh or eighth and you slide by and get fifth or sixth, you're in."

Those who are hoping to earn that trip to state in a specific event include Zach Davis in the distance events, and Ridgeley Kraft and Nate Moody in the high jump.

On the girls' side, Michaelson said he'd like to see the 3,200 relay qualify. The Midgets have qualified in the other three relays.

"We may have to sacrifice a little bit to bump that up," Michaelson said.

Looking to earn a state berth in the discus is the West Region's top shot putter Brooke Biederstedt.

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Michaelson said the region and state meet is something the Midgets have been looking forward to all year.

"The kids are pretty hungry to compete," Michaelson said. "They're always ready to compete at the end of the year."

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