Area competitors vie for top honors at South Dakota-Nebraska Challenge
TYNDALL — Wes Dvorak is known for his athletic abilities.
The Parkston junior was a Class 11B first-team all-state football player this season and helped the Trojans earn their second straight Class B wrestling title in March. But Tuesday, Dvorak made history at the South Dakota-Nebraska Challenge, as he leaped 20 feet, 9 inches to win the boys long jump, tying the meet record in the process. The boys long jump record was set in 2005 by Preston Leise, of Hartington Cedar Catholic (Neb.). For more results, see Page B2.
“I guess my day went well,” said Dvorak, who qualified for the Class A state track meet, which begins May 30 at Trojan Field in Madison.
Dvorak’s winning jump gives him the sixth-best jump in Class A this season. Chamberlain’s Hudson Priebe holds the best long jump this season, at 22-3, which he set at the Corn Palace Relays in Mitchell.
Dvorak also came away with top honors in the boys 110-meter hurdles and finished sixth in the 100-meter dash. Dvorak cleared hurdles with ease, cruising to the 110-meter hurdles finish line with a time of 15.26 seconds. The time was just a few shades off the meet record, which is 14.73 and was set by Platte’s Dustin Randall. Dvorak has already qualified for the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.70, but improved his qualifying time by close to five-tenths of a second.
Dvorak finished with a time of 11.39 in the 100 meter dash, behind Avon’s Brandon Kocmich, who won the event with a time of 11.02.
“Competing in these events just makes me better at everything else I do,” Dvorak said. “The long jump and the 100 are all about speed and the hurdles is more about footwork. But you still need to have good speed for all three.”
Last year, Dvorak competed at the state meet in two individual events — pole vault and 110-meter hurdles. He finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.55 and seventh in the pole vault with a height of 12-3. With half the season left, including the Howard Wood Relays on May 2 in Sioux Falls, the Ethan/Parkston athlete could find himself qualifying for both the 100-meter dash and the pole vault as well.
“Those big meets are all about preparation,” Dvorak said.
Two other meet records were broken Tuesday — the boys discus and 200-meter dash.
Scotland’s Dan Stibral won the discus with a throw of 162-11. The previous record was 157-11, set by Wagner’s Tait Johansen in 2009.
Bon Homme’s Scott Van Winkle broke the 200-meter dash meet record with a time of 22.02, which was held by Scotland’s Mark Sayler with a time of 22.94 in 2008.