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Bison's Daniel Burkhalter finished 7th in the 3200 with a time of 9:27

That Bison community loves their track & FIELD
May 8, 2017

By Rich Winter

A few years ago when now Winner track coach Larry Aaker left Bison to go to Philip, Bison assistant coach Brad Burkhalter found himself in a bit of a pickle. A guy who liked track with a young son, Daniel, showing incredible early distance promise, Burkhalter didn't know the first thing about training a long distance progidy.


So, naturally, he reached out for help.


"I didn't know what a fartlick was or a tempo run," Brad Burkhalter said. 


So, he reached out to Ipswich coach, Todd Thorson for some help. In addition, the wife of the St. Thomas More distance coach hails from the Bison area.


And so, with the knowledge of a bunch of track minds working together, Bison junior, Daniel Burkhalter hit the track at Howard Wood with definitive plans in his specialties, the 3200 and 1600.


One of the real challenges of the distance races at Howard Wood, with the massive crowd and the runners pulling you along to record pace is to stay within yourself and execute the plan.


As the 3200 began Friday, Burkhalter stayed on pace. After a lap, he was near the back of a loaded field. Over the next three, Burkhalter moved up but still trailed the majority of the field.


And then he hit the gas.


"The plan was to run splits the first mile, really push laps five and six and see what's left for the last two," Coach Burkhalter said. 


Burkhalter just kept coming and by the time the race had finished, the junior moved all the way up to 7th place with a new personal best, and Bison school record of 9:27.


Having stayed in the same hotel as Bison on Friday night, before the 1600 started on Saturday, I knew the Burkhalter's had a plan.


'Run pace the first two laps, burn the third and see what we can do'


Much like the 1600, Burkhalter stayed on pace, hit the gas for the third lap, surged past a host of runners into first place with a startling surge. 


While Burkhalter was passed coming down the stretch, he notched another huge personal best with a 5th place effort of 4:18.17.


Had a nice visit with Burkhalter about track and his community up in Bison. Knew there were some good sprinters last year and really enjoyed hearing about the tiny little school winning the Class B track title, the first title of anything in any sport.


I'm told the bus ride home and the welcome-back-party in the park was something else. 


Ahhhh, a community that loves their track.


A few years back, now senior Josh McKinstry started to take an interest in the hurdles. Not knowing a thing about hurdling, Brad Burkhalter turned to a lady in the community who did.

McKinstry who is ranked No. 8 in the Class B 110 hurdles ran a 16.78 in his preliminary heat.


McKinstry, who is the No. 6 ranked triple jumper in Class B jumped 40-10, just off a seasons best of 41-1 to finish 18th in a loaded field. 


A guy for folks to keep an eye on is sophomore shot-put and discus guy, Shane Collins. The young man finished 27th in the shot-put and 29th in the discus, but is pre-qualified for state in both events.


Complete Bison results from Howard Wood


HS Boys 3,200 Meter Run
(Final Results)
7 9:27.00 2
Burkhalter, Daniel HS Boys 1,600 Meter Run
(Final Results)
5 4:18.17 3
Burkhalter, Daniel HS Boys 400 Meter Dash
(Preliminary Results)
40 54.14 5
Collins, Shane HS Boys Discus Throw
(Final Results)
29 135-02 41.19m
Collins, Shane HS Boys Shot Put
(Final Results)
27 45-06.00 13.86m
McKinstry, Josh HS Boys Triple Jump
(Final Results)
18 40-10.75 NWI 12.46m
McKinstry, Josh HS Boys 110 Meter Low Hurdles
(Preliminary Results)
38 16.78 1.3 2


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