DHS Mark Beckmann Claims Sectional Title

posted May 23, 2014, 5:58 AM by webmaster district   [ updated May 23, 2014, 5:59 AM ]

ANGOLA — After finishing in second place in both the distance events last year, DeKalb junior Mark Beckmann was looking to improve upon that performance in Thursday’s Angola Sectional. 

Beckmann claimed a convincing title in the 3,200-meter run (9 minutes, 26.58 seconds) — beating the runner-up by 23 seconds — and finished second again to West Noble’s Brandon Arnold in the 1,600 (4:26.28).  

“We’re just trying to work at regionals now,” Beckmann said. “There will be more stiff competition in both. It’d be great to try and get a 9:23 at the regional, and get whatever it takes to go to state. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Beckmann also ran the first leg of the 3,200 relay, helping the Barons finish second (8:27.92) and advance to the regional. Dante Graham, Bradley McBride and Clay Travis were also part of the relay.

Beckmann said he’ll run in the 3,200 and the 3,200 relay for sure at the regional, but the 1,600 was up in the air.

The top-four finishers in each event advance to next week’s regional.

Beckmann was impressive in his wire-to-wire win in the 3,200. He jumped out in front right away and built a decent lead within the first 300 meters and never looked back.

“That was the strategy, go hard and see where Arnold went,” Beckmann said. “And then just keep going and keep driving from there. I was listening to my coaches and we had a good race today.”

Beckmann wasn’t the only Baron to fare well. Travis placed second in the 800 (2:02.62), as did Jasper Bassett in the 400 (51.37) and Sam Graves in the 110 hurdles (16.26).

Photo of M. Beckmann:  PHIL FRIEND


DeKalb’s Bradley McBride tries to hold off a Lakeland runner during the 3,200-meter relay run in Thursday’s Angola Sectional.


DeKalb’s Clay Travis runs the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter relay during the Angola Sectional Thursday evening. Travis helped the Barons to a second-place finish in the event.


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