Spring Valley track: Bosshart honing athleticism, confidence
He started by trying to grab the net in the gym.
As he got older he was trying to grab the rim.
Now, while competing in the high jump, Dylan Bosshart is trying to dunk.
“I have always compared high jump to trying to dunk a basketball,” Spring Valley high jump coach Debbie Bowman said. “If you think about it that way, you get your height and vertical up. When kids like Dylan focus too much on form and trying to jump correctly, they can lose height.”
The sophomore has been a standout for the Spring Valley track and field team this year. Bosshart competed in the high jump, long jump, 110-meter hurdles and triple jump.
He qualified to compete at the WIAA D3 Colfax sectional on Thursday, May 25 after taking third place in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth place in the long jump at the WIAA D3 Eleva-Strum regional.
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Bosshart said it’s easy to pick a favorite event, though.
“Whichever one I’m doing best at is usually my favorite,” he said with a grin.
“When he made 6 feet, 2 inches (earlier in the season) in Glenwood City, I think high jump was his favorite event,” head coach Rob Bosshart said of his son. “Last year, when he went 21 feet in the long jump, that was his favorite event for a while.”
So, it depends.
His favorite sport, though, is basketball.
“When I was a kid, I was always trying to figure out how I could jump higher so that I could grab the net and grab the rim and stuff,” Dylan Bosshart said. “It kind of carries over because I am always just trying to jump higher.”
Finding the happy medium between perfect form and using his athleticism is the greatest challenge because he hasn’t reached 6-2 since Glenwood City.
“He can jump it,” Bowman said. “We have to get everything in line at the same time. We haven’t had it in a while. I know he has the potential to get even higher (than 6-2).”
Physically, the athleticism will carry over to his other sports as he becomes more explosive.
“That goes for all athletes we have here,” Rob Bosshart said. “You get such a wide array of athletes that have their own goals and some of them are measurable as far as place at a meet or accomplishments.
“Others just want to take four seconds off of my 400 time by the end of the year. You end up coaching much more individual goals for athletes.”
Those athletes are often working towards goals for other sports while competing in track. Rob Bosshart said he’s seen a confidence maturing within his son as the season has gone on.
And as he increases the height on his jump, his confidence grows.
“He has developed a lot more confidence in himself,” Rob Bosshart said. “He goes into meets thinking that he is going to go in and win a certain event based on looking at heat sheets. Last year as the season progressed he got more and more of that.”
That confidence is something that will carry over to Dylan’s other sports, too. One major difference between track and basketball, according to Dylan, is that if you’re having an off-night physically in basketball you can do other things to help your team. If you have an off-day at the track, though, you don’t have teammates to help you with your given events.
“I know I can’t have off days,” he said. “So that’s something that I try to make sure doesn’t happen.”
When basketball season rolls around, if Bosshart has that mentality, he could be a force to be reckoned with.
It’s goals and expectations like these, that Rob Bosshart encourages within his athletes because Spring Valley struggles to fill out all of the spots on a heat sheet to compete for a team victory at competitions.
Success for individuals in track translates into helping the other Spring Valley sports teams in the other seasons.
“Track and field is an opportunity to show off and expose and develop your athleticism,” he said. “For all of the kids, what they do in track and field is a feeding program that will go into any other sport that these kids are playing. All of that goes into every other thing that they do athletically. When a kid has success here, it will turn into success in other sports.”