Can Tommy More's Ty Trainor hang with the big-boys at Howard Wood


By Rich Winter

When the gun goes off Friday for the boys' Special Event 800 meters at the Howard Wood the participants in that event likely thinking about St. Thomas More senior, Ty Trainor. A loaded field with multiple runners that have clocked 1:55 to 1:57 await Trainor, who has a season best of 2:02.12. 

Trainor has been a decorated distance athletes in cross-country, with two, top-5 finishes in the Class A ranks. He's been part of a state championship track team at St. Thomas More and he's won state titles as a member of relay teams. 

Despite all the success the University of Mary recruit has earned in high school, the runners card says Trainor won't be in the mix.

Of course the runner-card doesn't show the blistering 50.98, Trainor clocked on a windy, horrible day in Sturgis last Saturday.That same day, Trainor ran a 2:04, 800 meters, ran a leg on the 4x400 that finished second.

Trainor has been a work horse for the St. Thomas More track and distance programs, and now he has a chance for a very fast time in an atmosphere that always produces exceptional performances. 

A fast guy with a distance background - It's going to BE FAST!

Have followed this young man over his career and the one thing you can count on is he's going to leave it all on the track.

Bison's Burkhalter poised to make some NOIZE


After a quick start to his season, record-setting Bison senior and SDSU recruit, Daniel Burkhalter was injured in what I believe was a car accident. His training was slowed significantly by a sciatica problem that just wouldn't allow the Bison senior to do HIS kind of training. 

Well, Burkhalter is healthy and getting better. He was also selected as a participant for tomorrow's special 800.

Bison and STM have some history:

When Bison track coach Brad Burkhalter realized his son Daniel had a gift for running, he didn't know the first thing about coaching him, so, with his wife's family from Rapid City, Burkhalter reached out to STM distance specialists, Royce Wuertzer. 

With assistance from Wuertzer, and others, Brad Burkhalter has become a student of the sport and his son, has vaulted into rare air in the South Dakota distance rankings. 

Good luck to both athletes, and all of the athletes attending the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. 







 Friday, few outside the family and coaching staff at St. Thomas More  St. Thomas More senior, Ty TrainorDakota Relays, a couple of west-river guys, St. Thomas More's, Ty Trainor and Bison's Daniel Burkhaler will be part of a dangerously fast field. 

While both knew they had been invited to participate in the special 800 about a month ago, two weeks ago, neither would have expected to contend.

Daniel Burkhalter - The Bison senior who has owned the Class B distance fields for the past three seasons was involved in a car accident that resulted in sciatica never damage to his hip. For distance runners that can't run distance while training, it's impossible to get faster when battling an injury...But, Burkhalter is feeling better and has a lifetime best of 1:56.02 that is near the fastest time in the field this season. 

“It all comes down to how you run on that day,” Bison coach Brad Burkhalter said. “You have to be at the top of your game, because those kids are really good. It’s going to be tough.”

Ty Trainor - St. Thomas More senior: To me this University of Mary signee has shown a wide range of talent for the Cavaliers. Despite not running the 3200 meters much in high school, he's had a couple of top-3 performances at the state meet. 

Coming into the meet, Trainor's best this season has been 2:02.

Has been.

At last weekends' Sturgis meet, Trainor, known for his distance talents, smoked a solid 400 meters, running a 50.98 on a nasty, windy day. 





Now, as the meet arrives, ya better look out for the west river guys (Sturgis also has runner 

A tri-state trio of seniors will likely lead the way in this year’s 800-meter boys special event at the 93rd annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

Beau Brannan of Bismarck Legacy (N.D.), Gable Sieperda of Central Lyon (Iowa) and Daniel Burkhalter of Bison are among the top runners in their respective states and bring three of the top 800 times in the field.

“It all comes down to how you run on that day,” Bison coach Brad Burkhalter said. “You have to be at the top of your game, because those kids are really good. It’s going to be tough.”

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“It’s good to find out at this stage of the game where you’re at shape-wise,” said Lac qui Parle Valley (Minn.) coach John Shurb, who has senior Keiser Freetly in the field. “How fast are you and how can you handle guys that are faster than you?”

We start with the South Dakotan.

The 2017 Outstanding Male Class B Track Athlete, Burkhalter’s 800 time of 1:56.02 at last year’s state meet was tops among all returners (regardless of class) entering the spring. That mark was a personal-best for the South Dakota State commit, who holds Bison all-time records in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Burkhalter was sidelined for nearly a month earlier this year due to injury but expects to be a full-go for this weekend’s Dakota Relays.

Daniel Burkhalter of Bison is one of the top contenders in the boys special event 800 at the Dakota Relays. (Photo: Rapid City Journal)

“He’s excited and, obviously, he thinks he can win,” Brad Burkhalter laughed. “He felt good (after running in a meet last weekend) and has been feeling better and better… We hope he can have a good showing.”

The time Burkhalter will be chasing belongs to Seiperda, who set his personal best (1:55.12) in winning the 800 at last year’s Class 1A state meet. Described by coach Dan Snyder as a kid who just enjoys running, Seiperda competed at the Drake Relays last weekend, finishing sixth in the 800 (1:58.95) and first in both the 1600 (4:15.48) and 3200 (9:11.17).  

“Gable runs track because he loves it,” Snyder said of the Iowa State commit. “There’s a big difference. He wants to succeed. He’s the kind of kid who if he does something, he’s going to do it 110 percent. It’s pretty special.”

Beau Brannan, Bismarck Legacy (Photo: Submitted)

Rounding out the trio is Brannan, who brings a PR of 1:55.14 in the 800. The senior played an integral role in helping Legacy clinch its first-ever boys track and field state title in 2017, placing second in the 800, third in the 400 and running legs for the first-place 4x400 relay and third-place 4x800 relay.

“He’s had a good season so far, especially with the very late start to the season due to weather,” coach Chris Clements said. “All things considered, I think he is where we want him to be three weeks out from state.”

Lac qui Parle Valley's Freetly (1:57.78) will look to challenge the tri-state trio. Like his competitors, he has been significantly impacted by the weather and arrives in Sioux Falls having competed in just a few outdoor meets this season.


“Our goal is to get him to 55-56 (seconds) in the 800,” Shurb said. “I’m thinking he’s stronger and faster than he was a year ago and could go after a 55, but you have to do it to do it. You can’t just think you can. It will be a very good challenge for him, just to find out where he’s at in the first week of May.”

Fargo North junior Alex Luz rounds out the out-of-state contingent. One of only three underclassmen in the field, Luz placed fourth in the 800 at the North Dakota state meet as a sophomore with a personal-best 1:58.57. He was also a member of the Spartans’ 4x800 team, which finished runner-up at state.

Ethan Brenneman, Sturgis (Photo: Submitted)

The other junior in this year’s field is Sturgis’ Ethan Brenneman, who brings a PR of 1:59.63 into the event. A three-time Black Hills Conference medalist, Brenneman finished second in the 400 at this year’s Track-O-Rama in Rapid City (53.02) and won the 800 at the Queen City Classic in Spearfish (1:59.63).