Guetter, Steidl lead talented throwers
Heading into this season, the Alexandria boys’ track and field team knew one of its strengths would be its experienced senior throwers in the field events.
This was apparent last season as the lone representative for Alexandria in the finals of the state tournament was Colin Guetter in the discus. He finished in eighth place among Class AA competitors with a throw of 144-02.
This season, the Cardinals have looked for strong results from seniors Guetter in the discus and Aaron Steidl in the shot put.
“Coming into the season, I think we knew that was going to be a strength,” head coach Mike Empting said. “We had good seniors coming back in the throws, and those guys have done a great job. They’ve worked hard at it all season long. They’ve been solid.”
Steidl was one of two Cardinals who competed at the Hamline Elite Meet on April 26, taking 10th place in the shot put in a field of 12 participants with a toss of 50-07.00.
Steidl said he had been in a bit of a slump since throwing at Hamline, but the Alexandria home meet on Tuesday helped him get back on track. His shot put toss of 50-09.00 gave him first place by more than four feet.
“My PR is better from indoors, but outdoors this is my best this year so far,” Steidl said. “I kind of went through a slump so it’s kind of nice to see it’s coming back, so I felt pretty good about today.”
The assistant coaches have been working with Steidl on his throwing mechanics. He hopes these changes will help him finish near the top in competitive conference and section fields.
“I’ve fixed a lot of things,” Steidl said. “(Assistant coach Ty) Granning is helping me fix a lot of things with my hips and my arm finishing higher, so my technique’s really going to help later on.”
For Guetter, an extra source of motivation exists beyond just aiming for the highest mark. His brother Robert Guetter made two appearances at the state tournament for Alexandria during his time at Jefferson High School and currently holds the school record for the discus.
Guetter would like to place his own name above his brother’s at some point this season.
“I’d like to beat our school record, which is 170 feet, 11 3/4 inches,” Guetter said. “My brother has that right now.”
He has yet to break the record but has inched closer with every meet. Twice he has surpassed 160 feet, including at Alexandria’s home invitational on Tuesday when he reached 165-04.
Guetter took first place in the discus at the Minnesota Mega Meet in Sauk Rapids earlier this month with a throw of 163-07. These recent throws have given him confidence that he will surpass his brother’s record toss at some point this season.
“I think I’ve got it in me,” Guetter said.
As a six-year veteran of the track and field team, Empting has seen Guetter improve every season. His improvement has been noticeable this year as he has consistently reached marks well beyond his state toss from 2013.
“Colin has really come along,” Empting said. “He ended at the state meet last year and he was throwing in the 140s. He’s just kind of taken off this year. He’s had two throws now over 160, and he threw one over 160 again today.”