By Joe Brown
MARSHALL - Nearing the midway point of the track and field season, Marshall girls' track coach Marie Sample and boys' coach Mike Jacobs have seen big strides from their respective teams in Monday's home dual against New Ulm.
Photo by Joe Brown
Marshall’s Dallas Goslar strides over a hurdle during the 110-meter hurdles race during Monday’s dual meet with New Ulm at Marshall Middle School. Goslar took second in the race in 17.74 seconds.
But with the second half of the season to go and with sections quickly approaching on May 30, both teams know there are some tweaks that need to be done to help push more Tiger athletes to the state championship meet.
"The thing that concerns me is where we're going to match up when we get to sections," Sample said. "We need to bump up and get into some competitive meets.
"Conference-wise, we look great, I think we got a shot at that. We'll focus on the positives and keep on working."
Boys Team Results: 1. Marshall 92; 2. New Ulm 66.
Marshall Individual Results
4x800m Relay: 2. Marshall 9:35.47
110m Hurdles: 1. Daniel West 16.77; 2. Dallas Goslar 17.74
100m: 3. Sam Marshall 11.83
4x200m Relay: 2. Marshall 1:41.39
1,600m: 1. Chad DeAustin 4:50.63, 2. Andrew Bell 4:57.32
4x100m Relay: 2. Marshall 48.95
400m: 1. Beau Bofferding 50.28
300m Hurdles: 1. Goslar 46.61, 3. West 48.36
800m: 1. DeAustin 2:07.85, 2. Tanner Bukowski
200m: 1. Bofferding 23.02
3,200m: 1. Bell 10:34.93; 2. Blaine Moran 11:02.79, 3. Mike Larson 11:16.92
4x400m Relay: 1. Marshall 3:40.87
Pole Vault: 1. Austin Leek 10-6, 2. Drew Tykwinski 9-0
Shot Put: 1. Andre Kack 46-3, 3. Brock Baumgarn 39-10.5
High Jump: 3. Nathan DeRuyck 5-6
Discus: 1. Baumgarn 126-5, 3. Kack 110-11
Long Jump: 4. Sam Marshall 17-7
Triple Jump: 1. Zach Drum 37-4, 3. DeRuyck 35-3
Girls Team Scores: 1. Marshall 115; 2. New Ulm 15.
Marshall Individual Results
4x800m Relay: 1. Marshall 10:10.76
100m Hurdles: 1. Rachel Miller 17.60, 3. Shelby Maes 18.20
100m: 1. Sarah Buysse 12.60, 2. Kendra Soupir 13.40
4x200m Relay: 1. Marshall 1:54.87
1,600m: 1. Rose Andersen 5:30.83, 2. Kayla Wartner, 3. Claire Boersma
4x100m Relay: 1. Marshall 54.19
400m: 1. S. Buysse 59.93, 3. Megan Vogl 1:06.88
300m Hurdles: 1. Claire Buysse 52.45, 2. Miller 55.25
800m: 1. Becca Fedde 2:32.69, 2. Haley VanKeulen, 3. Wartner
200m: 1. S. Buysse 26.45, 2. Vogl 29.0
3,200m: 1. Rose Andersen 13:05.02
4x400m Relay: 1. Marshall 4:26.66
Pole Vault: 1. Miller 8-0, 2. Wendy Lee 7-0, 3. Annie Samuelson 6-0
Shot Put: 1. Dani Crowell 31-9, 2. Celeste Werner 28-8, 3. Haley Bennett 28-2
High Jump: 1. Brianna West 5-1, 2. Caitlyn Schaeffer 4-2, 3. Maes 4-0
Discus: 1. Crowell 108-0, 2. Sara Antony 73-5.5, 3. Bennett 68-5
Long Jump: 1. Sarah Andersen 15-1, 2. Sydney Griffin 14-10, 3. Schaeffer 14-9.5
Triple Jump: 1. Griffin 33-6, 2. Schaeffer, 3. Maddie Verschaetse.
The Marshall girls put on a dominant display on Monday, defeating New Ulm 115-15. And the key for Sample was to keep seeing some personal bests drop for her athletes.
"Sarah Buysse went under 60 seconds in the 400 today. Awesome," Sample said. "Rachel Miller went over eight feet in the pole vault. Awesome. Briana West went 5-foot-1 in the high jump. Our 4x4 was faster and everyone's improving, and Sydney Griffin had a personal best in the triple jump."
Buysse came up with three wins on Monday, in the 100- (12.63), 200- (26.45) and 400- (59.93) meter dashes.
"That 400 will make her very competitive. I think that's her race to go into state this year and I think she can make it," Sample said of Buysse. "That's a strong showing and she's got a lot of room to work yet."
The Tiger girls also got first-place finishes from Rose Andersen (1,600 run, 3,200 run), Claire Buysse (300 hurdles), Becca Fedde (800 run), Miller (100 hurdles, pole vault), West (high jump), Dani Crowell (shot put, discus), Sarah Andersen (long jump) and Griffin (triple jump). Marshall foursomes also got victories in the 4x800, 4x200, 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
"I always tell the kids that you're always competing with yourself," Sample said. "You want to PR, you want to improve, and when you go into anything with that kind of mentality, then, you know what, good things are going to happen no matter what's going on."
In the boys' meet, Jacobs discovered that looks can be deceiving, especially after seeing the Eagles' throwers on Monday.
"Our throwers have been coming through all year, but I thought they were going to be up for a big challenge because (New Ulm) brought numbers and muscles," Jacobs said. "You look at their crew and it looks like they all live in the weight room."
But in the discus and shot put, led by Brock Baumgarn and Andre Kack, respectively, the Tiger throwers were able to rack up points. Baumgarn won the discus with a throw of 126 feet, 5 inches, while Kack took the shot put with a toss of 46-3.
Winning the boys' meet over New Ulm 92-66, Jacobs and the Marshall boys took advantage of their depth at the distance runs, with Chad DeAustin winning the 1,600 (4 minutes, 50.63 seconds) and 800 (2:07.85). Andrew Bell won the 3,200 (10:34.93), and the 1,600 relay took first place. The distance runners did this despite a lingering hamstring injury to senior Grant VanKeulen, who missed a meet in Benson, as well as the Tigers' first home meet.
Though the distance runners had a strong showing, Jacobs is expecting more out of the group.
"The thing that gets me is our times have really plateaued," he said. "Often, we're getting out in front and I think the guys have to take on the challenge. There's little movement in our 800s, 3,200s and 1,600s. ... We're going to have to buckle down and rev up to another plateau because we've been stagnant for the last few meets."
Senior sprinter Beau Bofferding had another impressive showing with wins in the 400 (50.28) and 200 (23.02), and he helped squash a four-plus second deficit in the final leg of the 4x400 relay to put Marshall in first (3:40.87).
Also notching wins for the Tigers were Daniel West (110 hurdles), Dallas Goslar (300 hurdles), Austin Leek (pole vault) and Zach Drum (triple jump).
On Friday, the Tigers are back on the track, heading to Hutchinson.