St. Thomas More sprinter Jacob Hyde has had the state meet coming up in a week and a half on his mind all season.
The sophomore has been thinking about winning a state title, and as the season winds down he is hitting his stride.
Hyde took home four individual titles and three relay titles over the week at the Rapid City Qualifier at O'Harra Stadium and Black Hills Conference tournament meets at Douglas. For that, he was named the athlete of the week.
"I was feeling good, it’s all coming together," Hyde said. "The weather wasn’t the best but I had to put that aside and think about going fast.
Going fast is exactly what Hyde has been able to do. In the 100 meters Friday he won in 10.98 seconds and 11.76 Tuesday. He also won the 200 in both meets, posting a time of 22.23 Friday and 22.63 Tuesday.
In the 4x200 relay Friday, Hyde, Jake Bohenkamp, Corten Dobesh and Thomas Raferty won in 1:30.88. The same team won the same race earlier in the week at the Rapid City Qualifier in 1:31.50. Hyde was also a part of the 4x100 relay team that won Tuesday that also featured Bohenkamp, Matthew McGillick and Riley Olson in 44.17.
The wins in the 100 and 200 were Hyde's first wins open of the season. His team has won the 4x200 at the Queen City Classic, the Northern Hills Qualifier, and finished second at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays before the week.
"As the season has gone on his confidence has continued to grow, to where now he knows that if he’s within reach he’s going to get the guy in front of him," STM coach Scott Benson said. "He’s working everyday in the offseason to get better, so this has been his goal and he’s peaking at the right time. I can’t believe he ran as fast as he did on a track that’s not known to be fast so we’re excited to see what he’s going to do at the state track meet."
Benson has been with Hyde since middle school, and he's seen growth and development from him that's made a potential state title.
"It’s great to see because I’ve been with him since he was a skinny seventh grader and now he’s developed into this incredible athlete," he said. "It’s been fun to be along for the ride since for the success he’s been having."
Now, Hyde has one goal in mind.
"Just to win, I want to win state and do everything I can to help the team," he said. "It’s been in the back of my mind the whole time."
Benson said it might not need to be in the back of Hyde's mind, and he has as good of a chance as anyone in the Class A field.
"He’s rated No. 1 in the 100 and 200 (in Class A), he’s on two relay teams that have a strong chance of winning as well," he said. "It could be a big weekend for him if he goes out and executes."
Hyde doesn't have a preference between running in open sprints and running in relays, but said there is a different mindset between running in all the events he runs in.
"For the 200 its about maintaining speed and running your own race, and the 100 is giving all you got," he said. "I like the opens but with the relays, just knowing I have three other guys forces me to push myself for them and the team."
Other athletes considered:
Mikayla Tracey, Spearfish, track and field: Tracey won both the 100 and 200 at the Black Hills Conference Meet Friday. She posted a time of 12.71 in the 100 and 26.81 in the 200.
Ben Anderson, Rapid City Stevens, tennis: Anderson went undefeated in singles and lost only once in doubles over the weekend as the Raiders traveled to Sioux Falls.
Anderson defeated Landon May from Sioux Falls Roosevelt 7-6(3), 6-1 and topped Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Michael Yousef 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 Friday while also defeating Sioux Falls Washington's Davis Shafer 6-2, 6-2 and Sioux Falls Lincoln's Graham Leonard 6-3, 2-6, 10-3.
The wins Friday were Anderson's 80th of his career.
On the doubles side, Anderson and Dawson Segrist beat Roosevelt's May and Garet Ludens 2-6, 6-3, 10-3 Friday, but fell to O'Gorman's Alex Mohana and Zach Ridl 3-6, 4-6. On Saturday, they beat Washington's Shafer and Noah Morgans 6-2, 6-3 and Lincoln's Leonard and Rahul Giri 7-5, 6-2.
Jade Burr, Belle Fourche, golf: After falling one stroke short at the Pre-Black Hills Conference meet in April at the Prairie Ridge Golf Course in Box Elder, Burr was able to take first at the Black Hills Conference Meet over the weekend.
Burr finished with a 76, one stroke ahead of St. Thomas More's Alex Kandolin.