Lewis able to shine in numerous events

South Hamilton’s Freddie Lewis takes the final curve and heads for the closing straightaway during the opening leg of the 4x400-meter relay at Monday’s Bengal Relays in Gilbert. His versatility gives Hawks’ head coach Darrell Paulsen endless possibilities as he attempts to finalize his postseason lineup. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

GILBERT — Freddie Lewis is quickly creating a massive headache for South Hamilton boys’ track and field coach Darrell Paulsen.

But it’s a good headache, if that’s possible.


Paulsen’s problem is that he simply doesn’t know how to best utilize Lewis’s talent and versatility. Trying him in a variety of events during the regular season is fine, but with the postseason quickly approaching Paulsen knows decisions have to be made sooner rather than later.

Does he put him in the open 400 and 800 meters? Or does he put him in key spots in relays? It’s still up for debate.

South Hamilton’s Landon Grove competes in the long jump during Monday’s Bengal Relays in Gilbert. The Hawks were second in Class B. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

“A couple of years ago, when I saw (Logan) Peters run, he just had it. And, right now, Freddie is right there,” Paulsen said. “My problem is where do I put him?”

It’s a good problem to have, particularly if Lewis continues to perform the way he did Monday night in helping South Hamilton place second in Class B at the Bengal Relays. The Hawks won five events, finished second in six others and scored 102 points to finish well behind team champion Madrid (196).

Lewis ran an opening-leg 2:03 on the Hawks’ runner-up 4×800 relay (8:48.90). He followed it up with a 52.69 in the open 400 to finish second and a 52.33 leg on the gold-medal 4×400 (3:49.85).

“Freddie ran really well again,” Paulsen said.

Austin Busch, Brock Galetich and Tanner Blue were all individual gold medalists for the Hawks.

Landen Skartvedt leads off the 4x200-meter relay for South Hamilton at Monday’s Bengal Relays in Gilbert. The Hawks captured 11 medals and placed second in the Class B field. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

Busch owned the discus with a best toss of 157-5 and was second to rival Mason Lobeck of Madrid in the shot put. Busch threw the shot 53-6, which would easily be good enough to win most meets, but Lobeck chucked it 58-11⁄2.

Galetich won the 100 (12.16) and followed it up with a silver medal in the 200 (24.06). Blue was the fastest performer in the 110 high hurdles (15.80) and was second-best in the 400 hurdles (1:00.90).

South Hamilton also won the 4×100 (52.24) and took second in the 4×800 and distance medley (4:11.91).

Boys Bengal Relay

Monday at Gilbert

Class B Team Standings

1. Madrid 196; 2. South Hamilton 102; 3. South Hardin 88; 4. Collins-Maxwell 86; 5. Ogden 81; 6. Roland-Story JV 20; 7. Gilbert JV 15.

South Hamilton Results

Discus — 1. Austin Busch 157-5; 9. Carter Balvanz 99-4.

Shot Put — 2. Busch 53-6; 6. Trevor Thompson 43-11⁄2.

Long Jump — 6. Landon Grove 15-9; 9. Landon Gruefe 14-7.

High Jump — 5. Cole Seiverseike 5-2.

100 Meters — 1. Brock Galetich 12.16; 8. Thompson 13.30.

200 Meters — 2. Galetich 24.06; 8. Kyler Hodnefield 26.17.

400 Meters — 2. Freddie Lewis 52.69; 4. Ty Skartvedt 57.05.

800 Meters — 5. Eli Potter 2:21.21; 8. Seth Godfredsen 2:24.67.

110 High Hurdles — 1. Tanner Blue 15.80.

1,600 Meters — 6. Clay Willadsen 5:37.60; 8. Logan Halfwassen 5:50.69.

3,200 Meters — 5. Willadsen 13:11.05; 7. Halfwassen 14:11.67.

400 Hurdles — 2. Blue 1:00.90.

4×100 Relay — 1. SH 52.24.

4×200 Relay — 6. SH 1:46.15.

4×400 Relay — 1. SH 3:49.85.

4×800 Relay — 2. SH 8:48.90.

Sprint Medley Relay — 7. SH 2:00.68.

Distance Medley Relay — 2. SH 4:11.91.


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