Speer shatters shot put record

By Rod Haxton, editor

Rewriting the record book has become the norm during Jordan Speer’s high school track career.

She already owns the Dighton High School shot put and javelin records - and is just two feet shy of the discus mark. All that remains is to see how much farther she can extend her impressive distances.

She wasted no time doing that at the Greeley County Early Season Meet last Thursday in Tribune.

On her very first toss of the season, the DHS senior shattered her own shot put record with a distance of 46-9 1/2 - easily topping her old record of 43-0 1/2.

“She exploded,” says head coach Ken Simon. “It was pretty impressive and that was after only about six or seven practices.”

That distance is also well ahead of the current Class 1A state track meet record of 45-0 1/4.

While she didn’t set any more school records, Speer easily added two more gold medals in the discus (107-6) and the javelin (116-9). Both are well off her career bests of 120-9 and 133-1, respectively.


Borell Wins Golds

A pleasant surprise was the performance by freshman Zoey Borell who claimed four gold medals.

Borell (13.64) nudged teammate Sara Cramer (13.91) in the 100m and followed that up with easy wins in the 100m high hurdles (17.54) and 300m low hurdles (52.29).

Borell added a leap of 15-4 in the long jump to finish more than two feet ahead of the runner-up.

“That was the first time she’d ever run the 300 (meter) hurdles in competition and she three-stepped the 100s, which was pretty impressive for a freshman,” says Simon.


Cramer collected three gold medals in the high jump (5-feet), 400m (63.69) “Sara looked pretty good in the 400 (meter) for this early in the season, but the lack of conditioning was evident in the 800,” Simon says.

Mallory Dowell added a bronze in the 1600m (6:58.5) and was fourth in the 3200m (15:40.35).

Gentry Shapland picked up a bronze medal in the triple jump (27-7 1/2).

The Lady Hornets (151) easily outdistanced the six-team field, followed by Greeley County (97) and Cheylin (82).

Foos has Career Best

In his first competition of the season, Dylan Foos set a career mark in the javelin (160-2) to claim one of his two gold medals. He also added a win in the 100m (12.13).

Likewise, Logan Lingg (39-8) had a career best in the shot put while winning a gold medal. He finished second in the javelin with a toss of 144-2.

Also claiming a gold medal in the 400m was Garrett Keal (55.13).

The 4x100m relay posted a winning time of 47.91, finishing nearly 9/10 of a second ahead of Greeley County. Relay members were Dalton Hoffman, David Cramer, Blair Hoffman and Foos.

“I was hoping that we could come close to 48 (seconds) in our first meet,” says Simon. “To run as well as we did was a bit of a surprise.”

The 4x400m relay (3:51.04) collected a gold medal. It included B. Hoffman, Cramer, D. Hoffman and Keal.

The 4x800m relay returns all four members from a squad that qualified for state last year, but they had to settle for a silver medal with a time of 9:14.98) behind Greeley County (9:12.06). Relay members were B. Hoffman, Cramer, D. Hoffman and Keal.

Dighton (109) finished ahead of Greeley County (99), Weskan (84), Deerfield (82), Cheylin (66) and Triplains (52).

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