DCHS tracksters end regular season on high note
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The annual Jock Stop track and field meet was held this past Friday evening at Perham Field. On a nearly perfect day for a track meet the Lady Red Devils’ Austyn Copp was named the female Athlete of the Meet. For the boys the award went to Lewistown’s Brock Butcher.
Copp won the girls’ 1600 meter run and also the 3200 meter run. She ended her evening by running the second leg on the DCHS 4 x 400 relay. The Lady Devils finished 5th in this relay with a time of 4:35.39. Copp’s first win came in the 1600. Her impressive time of 5:23.58 was over seven seconds faster than her nearest competitor. She then broke the 12-minute barrier in the 3200 for her second win. Copp’s time of 11:53.4 was over 10 seconds faster the second-place finisher.
Butcher had a very busy evening with two 1st place finishes and three 3rd place finishes. Butcher won both the 200 meter race (23.90) and the 400 meter race (50.79). He was 3rd in the 100 meters (11.65) and the long jump (20-0). Butcher was also the anchor leg for the Golden Eagles’ 4 x 100 relay team that finished 3rd.
The Sidney girls took the team title with Billings Central and Hardin tied for 2nd place. The Eagles team score was 102 while the Rams and the Bulldogs both accumulated 84 team points. The Lady Red Devils were 5th at 69.
The Red Devils placed second to Laurel in the boys’ team race. The Locomotives used a 1-2-5 finish in the 3200 to move ahead of the Devils. Laurel finished at 119 points and the Red Devils at 111. Lewistown finished in 3rd at 103.5 points.
The Lady Red Devils had a total of five 1st place finishes. In addition to Copp’s two wins DCHS picked up wins in the 200 meters, 400 meters and the triple jump. Katelyn Eastburn won the 200 in a state qualifying time 26.45. Kendra Zander had the fastest time in the 400 at 1:01.52. Carly Svenvold was the triple jump winner with a leap of 32-9.25.
The Red Devil boys also picked up five 1st place finishes. Tanner Schwartz won both the high jump and the triple jump. Schwartz went over the bar at 6-0 in the high jump. His winning triple jump distance was 40-7.25. Taylor Schwartz continues to lead the way in the Eastern A in the pole vault. Schwartz picked up another win in this event after clearing 14-0. On the track Colter Bachmeier was the winner in the 100 at 11.53. Bachmeier also anchored the DCHS winning 4 x 100 relay. The Red Devil relay team, consisting of John LeSueur, Taylor Schwartz, Tai Sokoloski and Bachmeier, ran the 400 meter race in 43.78.
This Saturday the DCHS track and field teams will be at the Eastern A divisional meet in Miles City.
Get the meet results in the Thursday, May 22, 2014 print issue of the Ranger-Review.