The last two weeks of the Bulldog track and field season can be summed up by one word, turbulent. Racing not only competition but also forecasts of cold and wind, the bulldogs have managed to find success, doing most of their damage on the runway’s.
By Staff report
Jacob Svihovec and Clay Heimer both captured state qualifying marks in the triple and long jump events, and in the process made a name for themselves in the record books………… for now. Svihovec leaped 44’0.5” in the triple jump last week at the DHS Pankratz Invite to break his own Bowman County School Record in that event. Earlier that day, teammate Clay Heimer broke the long jump record with a jump of 22’1.5”. While both stand as Bowman County school records today, they certainly aren’t safe. Svihovec, a junior, has lengthened out his school record for three years, and shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile Heimer’s record was previously held by teammate Adam Powell, who set it in 2018. The competition in the jumps is healthy for the bulldogs, as they have qualified two triple jumpers (Svihovec and Heimer) and four long jumpers (Heimer, Svihovec, Powell, and Caleb Duffield) for the state meet. “They are a great group of kids, and excellent athletes. Coach Erick Egan has done a great job developing depth and excellence in our jumping program.” Explained coach Jonathan Jahner. On the girls side Ellie Stafford also qualified for the state track and field meet this past week with a leap of 16’5” at the Killdeer Invite.
The long/triple jump runway is not the only one paying dividends. The pole vault has turned into a stronghold for the bulldogs as well. Alex Madrigal has qualified for the state meet with a vault of 12’0” and has teammates Corban Massey, Ethan Fischer, and Matthew Osendorf closing in on that mark.
In other field events, the bulldogs have seen a great deal of success as Moritz Melzer qualified the discus throw, and along side Brendan Rasmussen, have become a staple in the shot put as well.
On the track, the bulldogs show no signs of letting up. The sprint crew, led by Osendorf, and a host of Dawgs, are closing in on state qualifying marks in the short relays. Senior hurdler Corban Massey, and sophomore Esmeralda Madrigal have continued to prove themselves in the 300m hurdles, while Svihovec and Abby Smyle have manned the high hurdles. In the mid-distance/distance crew, Alex Madrigal, Brian Miller and Camden Wokal have teamed up to lead the boys squad, while Alexius Miller is leading a strong youth movement for the ladies.
In recent action the bulldogs came away with meet victories in Lemmon, Bowman, and Killdeer; while the ladies secured the team victory in Lemmon as well.
Next up for the Bulldogs will the Badlands Conference Championships, followed by a pair of home meets on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30am, and Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00pm.