FINISHING UP: Huber, area athletes wrap up track and field season
Edgeley-Kulm's Isaac Huber has been crushing his senior Class B track season
The North Dakota State University track and field commit is leading the 3200-meter rankings by 23 seconds (9 minutes, 13.71 seconds), the 1600 by six (4:17.72) and the 800 by five (1:55.76).
But that doesn't mean Huber still doesn't have some goals in mind.
"I'm not too worried about rankings because anything can happen, but my goal is to get a personal record when I can," Huber said. "My goal is to get some state records, so I'm eyeing to get those on Friday and Saturday (May 24-25). If that doesn't happen, I'll enjoy my last high school season."
Huber isn't far off getting the 800, 1600 and 3200 state-meet records two weekends from now at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
The senior already has ran a 3200 time of 9:13.71, which is 10 seconds faster than the current meet record (9:23.31). Last spring, Huber won the 3200 at state with a 9:40.94.
Huber is roughly one second off the 1600 meet time (4:18.05) and 800 (1:54.48).
After winning the 800, 1600 and 3200 last spring and the Class B state cross country meet last fall, Huber said it's strange that his high school track and field career is coming to a close.
"Yeah it hasn't hit me till two weeks ago when, 'Wow state is in three weeks' and the seasons gone by so fast," Huber said. "I've been going since eighth grade and it got better. I've had fun the last six years and I'm hoping to finish with some good times."
Huber's best weekend of the year, arguably, came during the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 3-4 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Dakota Relays was where Huber's 1600 and 3200 personal records came of 4:17.72 and 9:13.71, respectively, while the senior won both events.
"So we went down to the Howard Wood Relays, ran the mile and two mile and came away with two PRs," Huber said. "I recently ran the 800 at the TK Last Chance Meet and popped off another PR. It feels good to come into the state meet with three PRs."
Huber and E-K will compete in one more meet before state at the North Dakota High School Athletic Association Southeast Region Meet on Friday. Huber said he'll also run in some relay races at the event at Central Cass High School.
"Hopefully the weather stays good, but the goal is to go out there, do anything for the team and it'll be a fun experience," Huber said. "I'm praying for the good weather and to have a good time."
After Huber wraps up his senior season, he'll be training before heading to NDSU next fall to start his next running journey.
"I'm really excited for that. Basically what I decided was to represent your whole state and doing that will be awesome," Huber said. "The coaching staff is amazing. Hopefully we can make waves in the Midwest and nationally. It'll be a fun experience."
Oakes, E-K have top-ranked athletes
Besides Huber, there's plenty of top-ranked Class B athletes from around the area.
On the boys side, Oakes' Logan Sell is ranked first in the 400 (51.23), while the Tornadoes' 4x400 relay team of David Schmitz, Brackin Awender, Garret Meehl and Sell are ranked second (3:32.9).
Oakes has some top-ranked athletes on the girls side as well including Lanie Awender (100, 200), while Sadie Hanson is second in the shot put (38-4). E-K's Maren Bernston is nodded in a six-way tie for the top spot in the high jump at 5-1.