By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s track team added a quality athlete to it roster
recently when the Hardrockers signed new recruit Garrett Schaal to the 2009-10 team.
Schaal is from Gordon, Neb., and will join the ‘Rocker
track and field program after he graduates from
Rushville High School in Gordon this spring.
Schaal is a five-sport athlete at the high school level.
When he makes the transition to college he will focus
solely on his future as a track standout. At SD Mines
he will be a sprinter, competing in the 100-, 200- and
“Garrett will have an immediate impact for the
Hardrock track team in the sprint events,” said
Hardrocker head track head coach Jerry Schafer. “We
anticipate Garrett joining the long tradition of great
400-meter runners that have competed for the
Schaal has a long list of accomplishment in his athletic
career, including a fourth-place finish in the 400 dash
at the Class B Nebraska State Track Meet last year. In
that race he clocked a time of 50.57 seconds. Schaal
also holds the school record in the 400 with a 49.9.
Schaal has been named to the Western Trails All Conference list three years in a row, been a state
medalist for the past two years, a state qualifier for the past three seasons and been to the Best in the
West Classic Track Meet three consecutive times.
While attending SD School of Mines, Schaal plans to major in Chemical Engineering. The School of Mines
has a proud heritage of preparing graduates to serve as leaders in engineering and science. At the
School of Mines every student has the opportunity to participate in research and test classroom learning
through hands-on experience.
The university offers a total of 33 degree programs in engineering and science at the baccalaureate,
masters, and doctoral levels. A public university with approximately 2,000 students, the School of Mines
provides award-winning education, research and development in areas of critical need to our nation,
and technology-based economic development to our region and state. The School of Mines is located in
historic Rapid City, S.D. at the edge of the beautiful Black Hills.
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