DCHS track and field teams claim 11 first place finishes at Eastern A
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The DCHS track & field teams performed very well on a warm day at the Eastern A divisional meet Saturday in Miles City. The Red Devil boys came home with six 1st place finishes while the Red Devil girls had five on a day where the temperature reached the mid-80s. As a result the boys placed a close second to Laurel and the girls finished in fourth.
The runners from Glendive performed especially well. The Lady Red Devils picked up points in every running event except for the 1600 meter relay. The Red Devil boys earned points in every running event except for the 800 meter race.
Austyn Copp and Katelyn Eastburn combined for the five first place finishes by the Lady Red Devils. Copp and Eastburn had two wins apiece before the 200 and 3200 races were contested. It looked like the Glendive girls might sweep all of the non-hurdle individual races until an injury to Eastburn in the 200 ended that hope. She was unable to finish the race. Copp did however get the win in the 3200, her third win of the day.
Eastburn narrowly defeated teammate Kendra Zander for her first win in the 400. Eastburn won the first heat with a time of 1:00.02. Zander won the second heat in a time of 1:00.64. Eastburn then won the 100 in a time of 13.05. She then pulled up coming out of the turn in the 200 and had to be helped off of the track.
Copp was one of two girls that were triple winners on the day. Copp’s first win came in the 1600 with a time of 5:32.02. She followed that up with a 2:28.24 in the 800 and then a 12:34.90 in the 3200. Lexi Prevost was the other triple winner on the day. The Sidney senior won both hurdle races as well as the pole vault.
The Red Devils had six wins in the boys’ competition, including the 400 meter relay. Colter Bachmeier, Tai Sokoloski and Taylor Schwartz each had one individual win. Tanner Schwartz had a pair of wins, the long jump and the triple jump. John LeSueur teamed up with Taylor Schwartz, Sokoloski and Bachmeier to run the short relay. These four Red Devils blew away the field with their time of 43.81.
Bachmeier won the 100 with a time of 11.53 and Sokoloski the 200 with a time of 23.52. Taylor Schwartz won the pole vault at 13-6. Tanner Schwartz’s winning jumps in the long jump and triple jump were 21-2 1/4 and 42-0 respectively.
The Lady Red Devils picked up at least one point in 13 of the 17 events. The only events they were shutout in were the long jump, shot put, javelin and long relay. The Lady Devils finished with a team score of 87. Sidney won the girls’ team title with a score of 119.
Glendive and Laurel were back and forth in the boys’ team race until the Locomotives secured first place after coming up with 21 points in the 3200. The Red Devil ended the day with 127.33 points. The Locomotives accumulated 140 team points. The Red Devils had at least one placer in every event except the 800, the discus and the shot put.
DCHS will be represented by 12 boys and 5 girls this next Friday and Saturday at the Class A State Championships. The class A track & field meet will be held in Butte.