Midgets enjoy first day of outdoor track & field

Both Midgets boys and girls team reach top four in first outdoor competition of season. Boys place second and girls place fourth.

Brady Yoder was one of the three individual state qualifiers by placing first in the 1600. (File Image/The Dickinson Press)

After waiting patiently for two years, with the 2020 season being canceled, the Dickinson High boys and girls track and field teams were able to return to action in Watford City on Thursday. After waiting so patiently, the Midgets let loose in the opening competition by proving to its competition, it is going to be an eventful spring season for Midgets' track and field.

The boys team ended with three state qualifiers in five different events and placing second with a score of 157.5, Williston picked up the first place spot with a score of 193. The girls notched fourth with a team score of 86.

For both Jay Schobinger, the head coach of the boys track & field team, and John Tuchscherer, the head coach of the girls track & field team, there was a lot to be proud of and look forward to in the spring season of outdoor track & field.

"It was a great first outdoor meet for the boys," Schobinger said.

Tuchscherer echoed Schobinger's comments.


"A lot of really good things happened for us today," he said. "I thought that our girls went out and competed and we had a lot of really great performances, a really good first meet for us ... it was nice, the weather was great. I’m just happy that we had the opportunity to get outside and compete today, a lot of great times, a lot of great distances and now we kind of see where we are at as a team and individually and continue to try to improve on those marks every week."

For the boys varsity team, Brady Yoder qualified for state in the 1600-meter with a time of 4.30.17, Trey Haugen qualified for state in the shot put and placed first with 50-feet-3.50-inches, and Quentin Lewis qualified for state in the long jump with 21-feet-3-inches. Lewis also qualified in the 100-meters 200-meters race with a first place time of 11.34 in the 100-meters and a first place finish of 22.97 in the 200-meters.

In the girls division, Emily Ash of Dickinson qualified for state in the pole vault with 9-feet-6-inches. Ash also placed second in the 200-meters with a time of 27.64, followed by teammate Jazmin Barry in third with 28.09. In the long jump, Barry placed first with 16-feet-2-inches. Claire Kreidt placed second in the 400-meters with a time of 1.05.53, followed by Mattilyn Biel with a time of 1.07.53.

Tuchscherer was very proud of his girls for how they competed in the first official outing of the spring outdoor season.

"It’s been two years since we’ve had an outdoor track meet, and I was just excited that we got the opportunity to go out and compete and I thought we did really well. We have a lot of good things going on for us right now and I’m really excited to see the improvement that we’re going to make week to week," he said.

For both the boys and the girls, the goal right now is to just improve. After having a great start to the season, both coaches are looking forward to seeing what is to come.

"Every meet we want to improve on those time, improve on those distances and it’s just really nice to get out and get the opportunity to compete and see where we’re at and see the things that we need to work on to continue to be able to meet those goals and beat those times and distances every week," Tuchscherer said.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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