With two indoor meets under their belts, the Marshall boys and girls track and field teams took part in their first outdoor meet of the season on Tuesday in Montevideo.
The Tigers were joined at the meet by host Montevideo, Central Minnesota Christian and MACCRAY/Renville County West. No team scores were kept for the event.
With the return of one of her top athletes to the squad, Marshall girls track coach Marie Sample was hoping to see some team scores at the meet. The Tigers were a point from getting first place in their first indoor meet of the year, then 14 points out of first in their second meet. Freshman speedster Sarah Buysse, who was on a trip to Mexico during those first two meets, showed how big of an impact she can have on Tuesday, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes and taking second in the 100.
Sample said Buysse complained of sore hamstrings before she ran the 100, but she still ran a time of 13.21 seconds to take second. She loosened up in her next two races, winning the 200 (27.32) by more than a second and the 400 (1:03.17) by more than three seconds.
"She had 28 points today all by herself," Sample said. "She's a powerhouse. This kid can be unbelievable. Coach (Sean) Smith has been talking to her about setting goals and that if she wants to make it to state, she can. Then the dilemma is choosing what events she wants to go in because she could possibly go in any of the three."
Another athlete competing in her first meet of the season was senior thrower Dani Crowell. She had quite a debut, winning the discus with a personal best throw of 104 feet, 3 inches. She also won the shot put with a heave of 30-0.75.
Other winners for Marshall included Rachel Miller in the 300 hurdles, Caitlyn Schaeffer in the triple jump (32-3.75), Haley VanKeulen in the 800 run (2:34.00) and Rose Andersen in the 1,600 (5:55.19). The Tigers also got wins from the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.
The event was open to unlimited entries by the teams, and Sample thought her athletes did well at going all out in their events on Tuesday.
"We had kids in quite a few events, but the kids are in good shape," Sample said. "I always tell them, 'Don't sit back and save anything. Put the hammer down and crush it and you'll still recover for the next event.' I tell that to the older kids in the running events because I know they can handle it."
For the boys, Marshall senior Beau Bofferding torched the track with wins in the 100 (11.03), 200 (22.73) and 400 (51.90). Grant VanKeulen earned a win in the 800 run (2:19.06), Chad DeAustin won the 1,600 (4:58.00) and the two combined to help the 4x800 relay team get a victory with a time of 8:37.09. The Marshall 4x400 relay team also took first place.
Marshall boys head coach Mike Jacobs said although his athletes finished high in some events, he felt some of them held something back.
"Beau had good times and he's always going to go all out, but this is the danger with this type of unlimited meet," Jacobs said. "It was nothing to write home about in the distance events time-wise. They placed well, but they ran better times in our previous meets.
"We used this as a workout and threw a lot of guys in a lot of things. Some of them kind of cushioned themselves and held back a little bit for their other events."
Junior Brock Baumgarn didn't hold anything back in the throwing events. He threw a career-best in the discus at 127-4.5 feet to win the event. He also took second in the shot put with a throw of 38-5.75.
"That was a really good sign from him to throw a 127 in his first outdoor meet," Jacobs said. "We've gone halfway through some seasons until someone has reached 130. He was really a bright spot for us today."
Jacobs was also impressed with the performance of freshman Sam Marshall. Marshall won the long jump with a leap of 18-6, he finished third in the 100 with a time of 12.12, he ran in the winning 4x400 relay and he was part of the second-place 4x100 relay. Jacobs also liked what he saw from Hunter Peterson in the high jump, where Peterson cleared 5-7 for a personal best in his first year ever trying the event.
The Tiger boys and girls will be back in action Tuesday when they compete in Tracy.
MARSHALL BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
100m: 1. Beau Bofferding 11.03; 3. Sam Marshall 12.12; 7. Alexander Lwowski 12.66.
200m: 1. Bofferding 22.73; 6. Lwowski 25.75; 7. Ryan Schultz 26.44.
400m: 1. Bofferding 51.90.
800m: 1. Grant VanKeulen 2:19.06; 2. Mike Larson 2:19.54.
1,600m: 1. Chad DeAustin 4:58.00; 2. Tanner Bukowski 5:00.10; 3. Andrew Bell 5:01.08; 6. Wade DeAustin 5:15.39; 7. Blaine Moran 5:18.96.
110 Hurdles: 6. Danny West 18.20; 7. Dallas Goslar 18.38.
300 Hurdles: 6. Schultz 49.13.
4x100m Relay: 2. Marshall, Drew Tykwinski, Zach Drum, Jerimiah Barker 54.50.
4x200m: 3. Bryan Lee Rose, Chase Swope, Brandon Verkinderen, Barker 1:47.93.
4x400m: 1. VanKeulen, Bukowski, Marshall, W. DeAustin 3:39.13.
4x800m: 1. C. DeAustin, Bukowski, Hunter Peterson, VanKeulen 8:37.09.
High Jump: 2. Peterson 5-7; t4. Nathan DeRuyck 5-1; t4. Schultz 5-1.
Pole Vault: 5. Tykwinski 9-6.
Long Jump: 1. Marshall 18-6; 4. Peterson 16-10; 6. Barker 16-2; 7. Drum 16-0.
Triple Jump: 2. Schultz 33-8.75; 3. Ethan Hart 33-1; 6. Danny West 30-8.
Shot Put: 2. Brock Baumgarn 38-5.75; 3. Andre Kack 38-3.25; 6. Luke Bock 36-3.
Discus: 1. Baumgarn 127-4.5; 5. Bock 101-11.
MARSHALL GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
100m: 2. Sarah Buysse 13.21; 5. Kendra Soupir 13.88.
200m: 1. Buysse 27.32.
400m: 1. Buysse 1:03.17.
800m: 1. Haley VanKeulen 2:34.00; 2. Rose Andersen 2:39.58; 4. Kayla Wartner 2:46.65; 5. Megan Vogl 2:49.98.
1,600m: 1. R. Andersen 5:55.19.
100m Hurdles: 2. Jessica Oaxaca 18.75; 3. Shelby Maes 18.85.
300m Hurdles: 1. Rachel Miller; 4. Logan Miller 55.12.
4x100m Relay: 2. Brianna West, Jenna Christianson, VanKeulen, Sarah Andersen 56.00.
4x400m Relay: 1. S. Andersen, Becca Fedde, Christanson, Megan Vogl 4:31.04.
High Jump: 2. West 4-9; t6. Maes 4-1; t6. Oaxaca 4-1; t6. Caitlyn Schaeffer 4-1.
Pole Vault: 2. Rachel Miller 7-6; 3. Samantha Madden 7-0: 5. Wendy Lee 6-0.
Long Jump: 2. S. Andersen 15-3.75; 4. Christianson 14-3.25; 7. Schaeffer 13-8.
Triple Jump: 1. Schaeffer 32-3.75; 2. Christianson 31-1; 3. Maddie Verschaetse 30-11.5.
Shot Put: 1. Dani Crowell 30-0.75; 3. Celeste Werner 27-6; 4. Haley Bennett 26-10.5; 5. Haley Williams 26-4.75.
Discus: 1. Crowell 104-3; 5. Sara Antony 68-3.5; 6. Bennett 66-7; 7. Williams 7th 64-9.
4x800m Relay: 1. Verschaetse, VanKeulen, Christianson, Fedde 10:41.