BIG HORN — Courtney Good pre-qualified for state in discus last week, but she knew she had plenty of room for improvement. The Tongue River senior found that room, setting a new personal best with a winning toss of 110 feet, 6 inches Thursday at a Big Horn-Tongue River dual track and field meet.
The Big Horn boys team finished with 220 points, compared to 88 points for Tongue River, while the Big Horn girls team had 159 points, besting Tongue River’s 116 points.
The meet was put together this week by the two schools to add another outdoor competition to a season full of weather cancellations. All of the field events occurred, but only four running events took place. Big Horn head coach Kirk McLaughlin and Tongue River head coach Steve Hanson discussed which events to include and settled on the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, 3,200-meter run, 400-meter dash and 400-meter relay.
“We knew we couldn’t get a full meet in,” McLaughlin said. “We’re just trying to find out where some kids are and what events they should be doing.”
Good showed why she should be competing in discus.
“Right when I step in the ring and when I’m looking out the back of the ring, I just know,” Good said. “With that first turn, when I rotate my foot, I know by my pattern if it’s going to be on or if it’s going to be off.”
Good easily won the event, topping Big Horn’s Amelia Gee, who finished second, by more than 17 feet. Good had her longest toss on her fourth and final try Thursday.
“Technique beats power, and I definitely had that today,” Good said. “I just had the mindset that, ‘I’m going to do this,’ and I did.”
Good placed fifth at state last year with a distance of 108 feet, 8 inches and wants to finish in the top two this year. She has her sights set on the 120-foot mark, which Hanson said is possible because Good is an excellent competitor who throws her best when the pressure is on.
“(Good) has a lot left in her,” Hanson said. “She likes the crowd, so she could really be primed to have some really big days coming up.”
Big Horn’s Kade VanDyken won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches for a personal record, which pre-qualified him for the state meet next month but was slightly unexpected.
“Relieved for sure,” VanDyken said of his result. “Kind of surprised the bar stayed on but definitely happy.”
VanDyken also ran a 200-meter leg for the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay that won with a time of 3 minutes, 51.01 seconds, which he said helped him get loose for the high jump. VanDyken usually practices high jump Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the weather finally warmed up so the team could practice high jump outside this week. He wants to clear at least 6 feet, 4 inches this season.
Tongue River’s Cooper Vollmer was runner-up in the high jump and also pre-qualified with a height of 6 feet, a feat he accomplished shortly after placing second in the 3,200-meter run in 11:46.29.
Big Horn’s Billy Watson took first in the race with a time of 11:23.82.
Tongue River’s Kalie Bocek won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:06.37 and the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches. Big Horn’s Jaxon Parker won the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, 11 inches and the discus with a throw of 103 feet, 10 inches. Big Horn’s Amanda Anderson won the shot put with a state-qualifying distance of 34 feet, 8 inches.
Both schools compete Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Dan Hansen Invitational at Sheridan High School.