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Doug Wolter: MCC's Scotting a rare commodity

Rare it is that a high school track and field athlete is so doubly talented as a speedster and as a weight man. But Murray County Central senior Tyler Scotting is one such individual.

“He’s a ball of muscle,” says MCC co-head coach Dominick Damm.

The coach most responsible for Scotting’s development, however, is a former MCC standout himself, Tim Bobeldyk, who graduated from the school in 1997 after posting a personal best 40.2 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Bobeldyk coaches the Rebel boys track team and says one of Scotting’s goals this year is to beat that 40.2 mark.

Scotting was timed in a personal best 40.92 at the state Class A 300-meter intermediates last year when he placed fourth in that event. Bobeldyk believes Tyler could run a sub-40 this spring, thereby gaining bragging rights on his mentor.

Time will tell, of course. Thus far in the 2014 season Scotting has been struggling with leg problems. Nothing major, just some basic soreness, Bobeldyk said.

Despite that, Scotting has been quite impressive in his events. In an April 8 meet in Tracy, he won the 100-meter dash in 11.0 and the shot put in 48-8 while placing second in the 300-meter hurdles (43.59). At the Pipestone Invitational on April 12 he won the 100 meters in 11.63, the 300-meter intermediates in 43.81 and the shot put with a 50-10.75 throw. He was also second in the 200 meters (23.79).

On April 15 in Windom, Scotting won the 100 (11.81) and the shot (51-10). On Tuesday of this week at the Murray County Central Rebel Relays, he was held out of the 300-meter intermediates and the 100 meters and ran instead on the 400, 800 and 3,200-meter relay events. He did, however, compete in the shot put, whereupon he took first with a 49-9.5 toss.

At 6-1, 210 pounds, Scotting is described as a speedster who excels at the shot put due to hard work and uncommon strength. Hurdling doesn’t come naturally to him, either, and he still struggles with his technique.

“He’s a sprinter doing the hurdles,” is how Bobeldyk tells it.

Going into the 300-meter intermediates at the state meet last June, Bobeldyk says the goal was just to finish among the top eight. Scotting did better than that, obviously.

“He’s a kid who’s put a lot of time in in the weight room. He’s a very big kid. Not a lot of fat, just a lot of muscle,” Bobeldyk said this week.

Bobeldyk believes Scotting stands a decent chance of qualifying for state in not just the shot put this year, but also in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. “He’s one of the small ones, but he’s probably one of the stronger ones, too,” he explains.

He’s also, perhaps, one of the more determined ones.

“He’s a guy,” says his coach, “who hates to lose. It’s fun to watch him when he’s got the baton. He’s gonna try his best to run down anyone in front of him. He loves to be in a situation where there’s someone in front of him that he can try to run down.”

Football talk

This coming fall will mark significant changes in area high school football with the merging of the Southwest Conference and the South Central Conference into the new Big South Conference. The schedules are out, and Worthington will open with an Aug. 22 game against Redwood Valley at Redwood Falls. The Trojans host Waseca on Aug. 29, host New Ulm Sept. 5, travel to Luverne Sept. 12, travel to Windom Area Sept. 19, host Marshall Sept. 26, host Fairmont Oct. 3 and travel to St. James Oct. 10.

Worthington’s traditional rivalries with Southwest Conference teams Jackson County Central and Pipestone Area are off, at least for 2014.

But more changes are coming down the road soon enough. Beginning with the 2015 season, football will begin a statewide district format. Exactly how districts will be divided is still to be determined, so old rivalries may yet be renewed.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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