Like most schools in South Dakota, Rapid City Central is busy preparing for this weekend's state track and field meet and for at least one Cobbler, this weekend is a chance to not only win a state title but also to say I told you so, one last time.
Central's Dylan Hay doesn't look anything like what you'd consider a high jumper but that doesn't mean the 5-foot-8 senior isn't one. In fact, Hay enters this weekend's state meet tied for the highest qualifying mark in the event at 6 feet, 6 inches and he's pretty certain that he's got at least one or two more somewhere in there.
"It's funny to be the smallest one in the competition, and I remember in eighth grade my dad telling me that this was probably my last year of high jumping and it wasn't," Hay said. "I feel good. A little bit nervous but not too bad. It should be fun, good competition."
Dave Dolan said, "It is amazing what he has done in terms of his height and his stature. But I tell you what he rises to the challenge. Those other guys are going and looking down at the bar at 6-4, some of them at 6-5 and 6-6 ... and he's looking up at it. It's amazing when he goes up and there's nothing that he doesn't think he can accomplish. It's been fun to watch him, he has the attitude of I can do this and he's been a pretty special athlete across the years here in all sports."
Hay will also compete in the pole vault and run in a sprint relay for the Cobblers. His seed height of 13 feet, 3 inches puts him in a tie for seventh amongst competitors in the pole vault.
The Class AA meet will be held Friday in Sturgis and Saturday in Rapid City. The boys high jump gets going at 11 a.m. Friday.