WATERTOWN - It was a wet, windy and wild day at the Watoma, but worthwhile for a group of Aberdeen Central track and field athletes on Thursday.
The Golden Eagles, who had not competed in nearly two weeks, took advantage of an opportunity to compete outdoors during the annual Watoma Relays. No team points were kept.
“It was windy and it was cool, but we didn't come to sit down,” said Central girls' coach Jim Appl. “The majority of them competed really well and some of them the weather affected.”
The Central girls were led in part by distance runners Hannah Kastigar and Courtney Neubert. Kastigar won the 1,600-meter run and Neubert captured the 3,200-meter run.
“Both of them did the same thing,” Appl pointed out. “Hannah really went out in the mile and set the pace and wore the other girls down.”
While Kastigar eventually lost the lead, she regrouped down the stretch to record the win.
“Courtney did the exact same thing,” Appl said, nothing the senior had a comfortable lead, lost it and then bolted to the finish. “With 200 meters to go she put the hammer down and took care of them. Hannah and Courtney compete hard. That's what they do really well.”
It was also a big day for Bridget White, who won the 100-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
“Bridget White had just a great day in the hurdles,” Appl said. “She really attacked them well today.”
Central also received second place finishes from Lauren McCafferty in the 200 and Brynn Flakus in the 800, despite competing in steady rain during that time of the day.
“Our kids competed hard,” Appl noted.“That's the key thing.”
The Central boys also competed strong despite the less than ideal elements.
“They were gamers. They weren't going to let any wind or rain or cold stop them,” said Central boys' coach Brian Lowery of his troops. “We just ran, jumped and threw really well.”
While the Eagles did not win any events, their places and times were rock solid.
Josh Hilgemann was second in the 110-meter high hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Lowery said a new technique helped produce a quality effort in the 110s.
“Usually a hurdler will stand up early out of the blocks,” Lowery said. “He stayed lower for longer, which is going to give you more acceleration. The scary part is, you don't have very much time to look at the (first) hurdle. It worked beautifully.”
Tanner Abens was second in the 100-meter dash in a time of :10.87.
“He also ran really well on our 4-by-1 and he anchored our 4-by-2,” Lowery said. “Tanner had an outstanding day.”
Taylor Wensmann clocked a :51.97 in the 400-meter dash on the way to second place, despite a strong head-wind down the stretch.
“That's an outstanding time with no wind,” Lowery pointed out.