Top Performer: Westley Siebdrath

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Mines standout Westley Siebdrath describes himself as an easy-going guy.

But there’s nothing laid back about his determination to become one of the top conference athletes when it comes to the hammer throw.

Westley Siebdrath started competing in track and field back in high school in California.

“I threw the shot put and the discus back in high school all four years,” said Westley Siebdrath. “I was a four-year letter varsity athlete all four years in the shot put. The California schools, the way they do state is a little different. But I ended up making it past regionals in the discus.”

Westley Siebdrath

After high school, Siebdrath wanted to continue his athletic career at the next level.

So six years ago, he made his way to Rapid City to compete for South Dakota Mines.

“It’s been a lot of different faces,” said Siebdrath. “A lot of different coaches through the years. But yeah, it’s been a long one but I’m excited to still be here so.”

“He’s a hammer thrower,” said SD Mines assistant track coach Daniel Haakenson. “But he throws the shot. He’s our best shot putter. He throws the discus. He’s our best discus thrower.”

The transition from high school to college wasn’t always easy for Siebdrath, but he’s made tremendous progress over the past few years.

Although Siebdrath competes in all of the throwing events, his favorite is the hammer throw.

That’s probably why he has increased his distance in this event by over 12 meters since 2016.

 “I’ve gotten consistently better at everything,” said Siebdrath. “The only thing I really picked up this year was I threw the javelin a couple of weeks ago for the first time in my six years. But besides that, I’ve progressed in everything since I was a freshman. So It’s been good.”

“He threw 50 meters as a sophomore,” said Haakenson. “Then he red shirted his third year. Then I started coaching him and he threw 52 meters that year which is not a huge improvement. But he’s now thrown 55 meters. I think he can throw 56 or 57 this year very soon and then possibly up to 60 which is exciting and good.”

Siebdrath’s ultimate goal was to win a title at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

But he came up a little bit short and recently finished third overall in the hammer throw.

While Siebdrath could try again after receiving an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, he says he’s ready to move on and focus on his career.

“I don’t have any more classes left to take,” said Siebdrath. “So I can’t really come back. I actually work full time now here in Rapid City. I have an engineering job here. So I’m already working full time there so I’m planning on staying there and continuing my engineering career there I guess I should say.”

Congratulations to Westley Siebdrath on being named a NewsCenter 1 Top Performer.

 

Top Performer plaque is provided by Vanway Trophy and Award in Rapid City.


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