Devils break records at Divisionals
By Eric Killelea
Jaley Wyse broke the Dawson County High School record in the girl’s 300 meters over the weekend, placing second in the event at the Eastern A Track and Field Divisional Tournament and helping her girls’ team take the third place trophy.
Wyse finished in 16.33 at Laurel to run nine-hundredths of a second faster than the mark set by DCHS alumni Brianne Schipman in 2004.
“Jaley’s really done a good job working on that event,” head coach Mike Dryden said. “It comes from all the things she’s done this year that has improved her strength and speed to be in the position she’s in there.”
Karsen Murphy tied a school high jump record and beat a three-year old meet record, in 5 feet 4 inches. She tied leaps by DCHS alumni Alysse Charlesworth in 2012 and Sandy Swanson in 1987 - the first year Dryden coached track.
Tristan Hilgart broke the school record in the 800 meters, in 1:56.19. He outran DCHS alumni Brian Ohs who set the record in 2005.
The trio all qualified for the State A Meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Laurel. They are being joined by a cast of boys and girls determined to compete against the top athletes from 20 teams.
Entering this week’s events, the team is looking to improve on their past performances and outrun and out throw their competition. Last year, the boys scored 32 points to place 7th at State. The girls scored a mere four points and took 17th.
“At this point in the season it’s all about quality. Quality is what counts because the biggest points come from the top three finishers and they will determine the trophies,” Dryden said. “We got some kids that will be competing for state championships. Each kid’s goal is tempered by their experiences this season, but we have kids that are keeping their eyes on the top prizes. We’ll give it our best and see where the chips fall.”
Hilgart, one of the leaders on the boys track team, is prepared to run the 400-, 800- and 1600 meters at State. He will be joined by Ase Ackerman in the 3200 meters. The 4x100 Relay team, including Logan Phipps, Kade Hellman, Jameson Crisafulli and Jayden Holley qualified as well.
Holley, the boys’ lead scorer, will compete in the shot put and discus. Tyler Clapp will throw the discus and javelin, as Sean-Daniel Taylor tries his hand at shot put and discus, and Phipps goes vertical in the pole vault.
“The boys are a year older, a year more mature, a little more confidence and hungry,” Dryden said. “They want to contribute their share and they’ve done a good job of it this year.”
Wyse is running the 200 meters and both the 100-and 300 meters hurdles. Emily Kuehn, the lead scorer on the team who qualified for three state events during the season, will compete in the 800-, 1600- and 3200 meters.
Kendra Zander, the lone senior who placed in five events over the weekend, will face tough opponents in the 100-, 200- and 400 meters.
“Kendra been very dependable,” Dryden said. “She’s a workhorse.”
Taylor Munro and Demyrie Maher will also run the 100 meters. The 4x100 Relay team, including Munro, Kendra Kaufman, Wyse and Zander qualified for state. And the 4x400 Relay team in Zander, Kuehn, Wyse and Munro did as well.
Murphy, a standout freshman, will battle in the high jump and triple jump.
“She’s been outstanding,” Dryden said. “She continues to surprise the other teams. We’re not surprised because she works hard and is a tough competitor. We appreciate what she brings to the team.”
Savannah Toms is vying for a top spot in the high jump and shot put. She will be joined by Thea Robson in the discus, Kaufman in the high jump and Maher in both the high jump and pole vault.
“Demyrie is another freshman who’s been working hard and had her best performances of the year over the weekend,” Dryden said.
Boys - Sidney, 120; Belgrade 108, Laurel 102
Girls - Belgrade 112, Laurel 93, Dawson County 73
Boys (State Qualifiers)
400M - Tristan Hilgart, fourth, 52.27, personal record
800M - Tristan Hilgart, second, 1:56.19 (PR)
1600M - Tristan Hilgart, fourth, 4:32.34
3200M - Ase Ackerman, seventh, 10:35.68
4x100 Relay - Logan Phipps, Kade Hellman, Jameson Crisafulli, Jayden Holley, eighth, 47.64
Shot Put - Jayden Holley, second, 48-11, Sean-Daniel Taylor, fourth, 42-06.50 (PR)
Discus - Jayden Holley, third, 136-06, Sean-Daniel Taylor, ninth, 122-11, Tyler Clapp, 10th, 120-10.75
Javelin -Tyler Clapp, fifth, 149
Pole Vault - Logan Phipps, seventh, 12-0 (PR)
Girls (State Qualifiers)
100M - Kendra Zander, third, 13.18
200M - Kendra Zander, second, 27.10 (PR)
400M - Kendra Zander, third, 1:00.72 (SR)
800M - Emily Kuehn, fifth, 2:24.33
1600M - Emily Kuehn, fourth, 5:24.14
100M Hurdles - Jaley Wyse, second, 16.33, Kendra Kaufman, fifth, 17.17 (PR), Taylor Munro, eighth, 17.57 (PR), Demyrie Maher, 10th, 17.77
300M Hurdles - Jaley Wyse, first, 46.61 (PR)
4x100 Relay - Kendra Zander, Taylor Munro, Jaley Wyse, Kendra Kaufman, fifth, 51.72
4x400 Relay - Kendra Zander, Emily Kuehn, Jaley Wyse, Taylor Munro, third, 4:16.11
Shot Put - Savannah Toms, 31-08 (PR)
Discus - Thea Robson, ninth, 89-02.50
High Jump - Karsen Murphy, first, 5-04 (PR), Kendra Kaufman, fifth, 4-08, Savannah Toms, fifth, 4-08
Pole Vault - Demyrie Maher, 10th, 8 (PR)
Triple Jump - Karsen Murphy, third, 33-01.75 (PR)