The Marshall track and field teams crossed the border into South Dakota for four-team meet in Brookings Tuesday, and although they were unable to totally avoid the stormy weather, they managed to get in all but four events before the meet was called due to rain and lightning.
All events but the 200-meter dash, the 3,200 run, the 4x400 relay and the long jump were contested for the boys, but there were no final team results recorded. Marshall boys' head coach Mike Jacobs said there was a half-hour lightning delay after the 110-meter hurdles before the teams got back on the track for about another hour and 20 minutes.
Marshall was joined at the meet by Brookings, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Brandon Valley, all schools from the largest classification in South Dakota. Although they didn't get the whole meet in, Jacobs said it was good for his team to face some high-caliber competition on Tuesday.
"We did see some very talented people there," Jacobs said. "There were a lot of really strong sprinters from Sioux Falls Lincoln and Brookings.
"They were really some well-balanced teams. It was fun to head a different direction and see some new teams, and Brookings has some nice remodeled facilities and I think that kind of pumped up the kids a little bit, too."
The quality of sprinters at the meet was evident in the 100-meter dash, where Marshall's Beau Bofferding, who had finished in first place in each one of the Tigers' previous competitions this season, finished in sixth with a time of 11.14 seconds. He did, however, maintain his winning streak in the 400 dash, taking first with a time of 50.48 seconds.
Chad DeAustin had the only other first-place finish for the Marshall boys team, winning the 1,600 run in a time of 4:37. He finished fourth in the 800 run with a time of 2:02, which Jacobs said was DeAustin's best time of the year.
Marshall added a second-place finish in the 1,600 medley relay, which consists of two 200 dashes, a 400 dash and an 800 run. The Tiger team included Sam Marshall, Eli Louwagie, Tanner Bukowksi and Grant VanKeulen.
Jacobs said there were a couple more personal bests from his team. Andre Kack threw 15 feet farther in the discus than he ever had, taking fifth with a throw of 123 feet, 1 inch. He was also second in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 6 3/4 inches.
In the high jump, Brandon Verkinderen jumped five inches above his personal best, clearing a height of 5 feet, 6 inches to tie for sixth with teammate Nathan DeRuyck. Zach Drum also cleared 5-6 and took fourth. Jacobs added that Wade DeAustin ran his best time in the 1,600 on Tuesday, finishing in 5:08.
"Even though we didn't get the whole meet in, we still saw some good improvement from a number of our people," Jacobs said. "That usually comes when you face talented competition like we did today."
Like Jacobs, Marshall girls' head coach Marie Sample noticed her athletes raising their game during Tuesday's meet.
"I've been begging for competition all year," Sample said. "We got off the bus and I said, 'We haven't seen this type of competition yet and I just want you all to be ready for it. You're good enough to compete against these people and this is your chance to step up to the plate.' And I thought the girls did a great job."
The Tigers' 4x800 relay team won first place in the event, finishing in 10 minutes flat. The time was just four seconds off Marshall's school record. Tuesday's team consisted of Maddie Verschaetse, Becca Fedde, Haley VanKeulen and Sarah Buysse. It was just Buysse's second time running in the event and Sample said there is definitely still room for improvement for the squad.
"With this 4x8 team, we've been throwing a couple new girls in and we'll just keep putting in the four fastest as they surface," Sample said. "These were strong teams we faced and they couldn't even challenge us, but we're racing the clock more than other teams."
Jenna Christianson wasn't in the 4x800 relay Tuesday, but Sample said she will be in Thursday's meet in Waconia after Christianson ran a 2:29.62 in the 800 run to take third. Sample said it was Christianson's best time ever in the event.
Rachel Miller gave the Tigers a second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 8 feet.
Marshall also had a number of girls finish in third place. Rose Andersen ran a personal best time of 5:43.61 in the 1,600 run to take third place. Dani Crowell added two third-place finishing, one in each of the throwing events. She threw 32 feet, 3 1/2 inches in the shot put and 103 feet, 3 inches in the discus.
Sample also noted that Claire Buysse recorded a personal best in the 300 hurdles, taking third with her time of 52.77 seconds, Megan Vogl ran her fastest time of the year in the 400 dash (1:05.23) to finish in fifth place and Sydney Griffin achieved a personal best in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 9 1/2 inches to finish sixth, a spot behind teammate Sarah Andersen (15 feet, 11 1/2 inches).
Marshall Boys Individual Results
1,600m: 1. Chad DeAustin 4:37; 4. Tanner Bukowski 4:43; 6. Andrew Bell 4:53; 8. Wade DeAustin 5:08.
1,600m Medley Relay (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m): 2. Sam Marshall, Eli Louwagie, Bukowski, Grant VanKeulen 3:56.7
800m: 4. C. DeAustin 2:02.
4x100m Relay: 3. John Lothert, Brock Baumgarn, Stephen Womack, Louwagie 49.81.
400m: 1. Beau Bofferding 50.48.
100m: 6. Bofferding 11.14.
110m Hurdles: 5. Dallas Goslar 17.3
High Jump: 4. Zach Drum 5-6; t6. Nathan DeRuyck, Brandon Verkinderen 5-6.
Pole Vault: t2. Austin Leek 10-0; 4. Drew Tykwinski 10-0.
Shot Put: 2. Andre Kack 45-6.75; 8. Baumgarn 37-7.
Discus: 5. Kack 123-1.
Long Jump: 6. Marshall 18-0; 8. Drum 17-10.
Marshall Girls Individual Results
100m: 4. Kendra Soupir 13.9.
400m: 5. Megan Vogl 1:05.23.
800m: 3. Jenna Christianson 2:29.62; 5. Becca Fedde 2:31.73; 7. Rose Andersen 2:32.
1,600m: 3. R. Andersen.
4x100m Relay: 3. Sydney Griffin, Amber Amick, Soupir, Brittany Andreas 56.35.
4x200m Relay: 4. Claire Buysse, Griffin, Soupir, Sarah Andersen 1:55.97.
4x800m Relay: 1. Maddie Verschaetse, Fedde, Haley VanKeulen, Sarah Buysse 10:00.
300m Hurdles: 3. Claire Buysse 52.77.
Pole Vault: 2. Rachel Miller 8-0.
Shot Put: 3. Dani Crowell 32-3.5.
Discus: 3. Crowell 103-3; 6. Haley Bennett 85-7.
Long Jump: 5. S. Andersen 15-11.5; 6. Griffin 15-9.5.