Last season, Brady Skeim represented the BGMR/Freeze Track and Field Team alone at the Class A State Girls and Boys Track and Field Meet. There, he fell short of a state medal, taking fourteenth in both the shot put and discus events.
Skeim returned to the state meet this season, this time in just the discus and with a couple other state-advancing teammates in Liam Collins (triple jump) and Treston Nichols (shot put)— an event held at St. Michael-Albertville High School, June 9-11.
A senior, Skeim made his final try at a state medal count. He finished in fifth in the opening throwing rounds to advance to the finals. Following the finals, he earned a sixth place finish thanks to his best throw of 151-00, getting that state medal placed around his neck and standing on the podium with his fellow top nine state finishers on June 10.
The medal came after some hard work, an effort in which BGMR/Freeze Track and Field Coach John Lee has had an opportunity to see in “bits and pieces.”
“He has been working at perfecting this since I met him in ninth grade. Great kid, good leader,” Coach Lee said, “…willing to pass on that knowledge to other people. So (I’m) very proud of him (and) his whole family.”
Lee highlighted how Skeim’s family had done much for the BGMR/Freeze Track and Field program, including meals.
“They just do everything. They’re at every meet. They always have chairs. They have hot dogs. They have food, drinks for everybody,” Coach Lee said. “Just a wonderful group and (I’ll) be sad to see him go.”
The BGMR/Freeze program is losing some experience to graduation in the throwing events. At many meets, the program had three seniors, in Skeim, Austin Kautzman, and Gage Hockstedler, finishing in the top three in discus. Two of these seniors, Skeim and Hockstedler, and sophomore Nichols would finish top three in shot put at many meets as well.
“We’re graduating… a lot from the top and we’re going to look for these younger ones to step up,” Coach Lee said, “but Brady (Skeim) is going to be tough to replace.”
Besides Skeim, Kautzman, and Hockstedler, the program also officially loses three other seniors, in Greta Lee, Brooke Olson, and Leokadia Bring.
As for the other BGMR/Freeze state participants, Liam Collins competed in the triple jump in his first career state meet appearance. He fell short of advancing to the finals, and finished fifteenth with his best jump of 39-07.50. Also participating in his first state meet, Treston Nichols competed in the shot put. He didn’t advance to the finals and finished fourteenth with his best throw of 46-02.00— a personal record.
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