Patterson has Wall Eagles turning into Class B track POWER

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The Wall Medley relay team of Cooper McConaghy, Tack Tines, Bradan McDonnell and Cash Wilson broke the Eagles Medley relay record by 8 seconds with a 2nd-place finish at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.                                                             Photos courtesy of Bonnie Law

With just one senior on the boys' track and field roster at Wall, folks better be on the lookout for coach Karol Patterson's squad for the next few seasons. Well, not just the track team, ALL teams as coach Patterson says the kids in Wall are going out for track in droves because of the benefits track provides for other sports. 

"They have decided to run track because it helps in all the other sports," Patterson said. "They find it helps with football and volleyball and with jumping and quickness."

With sports metaphors in hand, Patterson compares high-jumping with your back to the bar as similar to posting up and pivoting in basketball. 

At the Howard Wood Relays on Saturday the medley relay team of Cooper McConaghy, Tack Tines, Bradan McDonnell and Cash Wilson ran a 3:40.87 to finish 2nd and SHATTER the 2005 school record by EIGHT seconds. 

Anchoring that medley relay team was junior, Wilson, the football/Rodeo guy who hasn't been out for track since junior high. Class B's top-ranked 400 meter man, ran a stunning 1:59 to bring the Eagle quartet home. 

"He's quite the athlete," Patterson said. "He's one of those that if I wanted him to run the mile he'd probably go out and break a record because he just hates to lose." 

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Patterson has a unique approach to getting the team ready for the post-season, often entering the kids in different events to give them a fresh approach to finding what they are best at. 

"We're always looking to see what they might be good at," Patterson said. "Halfway through the season it clicks and they find what their niche is and once they do that it's all about tuning up for the big meets." 

One of those guys tuning up for the big meets is Soph Andrew Law

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At Howard Wood, Law ran a 16.53 in the 110 hurdles and finished 29th. In the 300 hurdles, Law ran a personal best of 42.26 to finish 16th in the longer discipline. 

Law has the second fastest Class B 100 hurdles time this season and the 42.26 puts him as the fastest Class B guy in the state. 

300m Hurdles - 43.16

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2.Conrad, Braden43.04Wilmot

Law struggled a bit as a freshman but Patterson said he perked up when he got to the state meet. 

"I'm going to be on that podium," Law told Patterson in regards to the 2017 Class B 300 hurdles. 

Law finished 4th in those 300 hurdles in 2017 and seems intent on climbing to the top of that ladder. 

At Howard Wood, the boys' 4x100 finished 3rd, 46.43, the 4x200 6th, 1:36.41

Tack Tines 41st in the 100 meters 11.52, Cash Wilson 18th in open 400 52.65. 

Kyla Sawvell places in both shot and discus at Howard Wood

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Heading into the finals of the Howard Wood shot put, Wall senior Kyla Sawvell was sitting third, and that wasn't sitting well with Sawvell. 

"She went into the finals and got a big one (41'9") that moved her up to second," Patterson said. "Her goal is to win the gold medal (Best throw of all classes) at the state meet." 

Sawvell also finished 7th in the girls discus. 

Sawvell is top-ranked in the Class B shot put with teammate, Cooper McLaughlin having the 4th best throw. 

Both Sawvell and McLaughlin have pre-qualified in the girls discus. 

The Wall track team is in Rapid City today...Tuesday!