Tiger jumper Cantwell finishes in top 10

Junior Justin Cantwell—New England’s lone state track qualifier—said that he was just soaking in the experience at the big meet in Bismarck.

Justin Cantwell attempts one of his jumps at the state track meet in Bismarck. Cantwell was the lone qualifier from New England. (Herald Photo by Cole Benz)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

Cantwell becomes the second Tiger track athlete to compete at the state meet in just the second year since the program was revived last year, following the dissolution of the co-op the school had with Dickinson Trinity. And finished in the top 10. Last year senior Dakotah Mansfield competed in the 800 meter dash, placing 11th.

Cantwell said he didn’t perform as well as he wanted. The last jump he made the bar was at 5-foot, 11-inches, which wasn’t a problem, considering he had recently set a new school record with a jump of  6-foot, 3-inches.

But when they raised it again, he couldn’t quite make it over. Cantwell told the Herald that he thought he didn’t throw his head back enough, which cause his back end to knock the bar down.

Even though he didn’t do as well as he’d hoped, he was happy to be there and experience the state meet, and for the chance to represent his school colors.

“It’ means a lot, I’m glad to represent the school here, it feels good,” he said. “Not just coming to the state tournament, but being able to represent [the school] and see everyone here.”

When pressed about what he needs to do this offseason to improve his results, he just said he’ll continue to practice, and specifically work on increasing his vertical leap.

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