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The Falcon 4 x 800 squad is coming on like a freight train. Pictured from left to right: Skyler Yellow Eagle, Lee Sharpfish, Jesse Allen and Jacob Wike

Falcons 4 x 800 - Band of BROTHERS starting to bring it
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter 

All season long I've been keeping my eye on the Falcon boys 4 x 800 squad. Bob Kornely and Tonya Whirlwind Soldier usually find a way to qualify athletes in this event and as the season goes along we normally find THE group coming along towards the end of the season. 


2017 is no exception!


The 4 x 800 relay quartet of Skyler Yellow Eagle, Jacob Wike, Lee Sharpfish and Jesse Allen have only been running as a foursome for about ten days now, but each have been dabbling in other events, and kinda working themselves onto a team that just seems to be getting better. 


But, all season long the Falcons have found themselves running in the low 9-minute range. That will probably work to advance from Region 7A, but when state rolls around, you need to be flirting with 8:30 to find your way into placing contention at the state meet. 


At last Saturday's Howard Wood meet the Falcons finally dipped under 9-minutes with an 8:55. In that Howard Wood race, Falcon senior, Jesse Allen, who has been hovering in the 2:07 to 2:08 range got down to 2:04.

* A couple of weeks ago, Falcon senior Skyler Yellow Eagle ran a gutty opening leg at Sturgis, 2:12ish, and was dry heaving at the end of his carry. Since then he's been working on his 200 and 400 stuff running the 4 x 200 and mile relay for the Falcons at Howard Wood. 


Love the 4 x 800 relay. There is something about this toughest of the relays with each guy covering two laps. If your lead off guy leaves everything on the track, somehow the second leg, and third and anchor are obliged to give that same maximun effort. Somehow, competing together on the track for the greater good translates into working harder in practice, because your brother next to you is giving his all. 


Todd County freshman Jacob Wike is quietly having himself a heck of a track season. He's dabbled in the 300 hurdles, starting to run the 4 x 400 and even took a turn on the Falcons 4 x 100 at Howard Wood. Wike started the year on this team  and has steadily been lowering his splits. 


2:20, 2:17, 2:15, 2:14, 2:14, 2:12.


On Tuesday's meet in Pine Ridge, the freshman Wike kicked past St. Francis junior, Chase Boltz to win the open 800 with an eye-opening time of 2:09.


While Sharpfish was the last edition to this team, he ran on the Falcons 8th place 4 x 800 team at the 2016 state meet and drew praise from the announcer for running a brilliant leg (2:08 ish) to bring the Falcons back into contention. While he's just dipping into the 2:17 range, with a couple of weeks of training and bringing it every day in practice, that 2:08 from a year ago suddenly looks within reach.


So, Jesse's run 2:04

Jacob's run 2:09

Skyler's run 2:10

Lee ran 2:08 last year


Assuming each of the guys stay right there and run their best on that Friday of state track meet, providing they make it....


Hmmmm, right in the thick of things....Get it boys you can do this!

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