An obstacle cleared: Garber hurdles to BCLUW school record

BCLUW's Jack Garber clears a hurdle in his leg of the shuttle hurdle relay at the Comet Boys Early Bird track and field meet in Conrad on Thursday. Later in the night, Garber won the 110 high hurdles in a new school record of 14.49. (Jake Ryder photo)

CONRAD – Thursday evening was the culmination of a lengthy struggle for Jack Garber.


The BCLUW senior entered this season with lofty goals, and he checked off a big one in his first outdoor meet of the season, running 14.49 in the 110-meter high hurdles at the Comet Boys Early Bird to set a new school record in the event.


Garber shared the old record of 14.55 (hand-timed) with his older brother, Will, for most of Jack's junior season, with Jack repeatedly matching the record time in Fully Automatic Timing (FAT) meets, whether it be a fifth-place finish at the Drake Relays or a third-place run at the 1A state meet.


"It's been nagging at me and nagging at me," Jack said. "I've been waiting for this day for a very, very long time."


After adding 0.24 seconds to account for a hand-timed result and meet FAT standards, Garber's mark of 14.73 is still the fastest time in the state as of times listed on on Friday afternoon.


Comets teammate Koty Kruse finished sixth in the high hurdles, one of four times the Comets scored double in an event on Thursday, which propelled BCLUW to 94.5 points and a third-place finish in the 10-team field.


The Comets also got a 1-2 finish from Garber and Neifer Ralston in the 400 hurdles and Caleb Silver picked up a win in the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.79.


"I wanted to go around a 4:40 pace but it's tough with the wind," Silver said. "It's a process so just gotta keep with it every day, chase the goals and keep pushing hard."


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