Regions 6B: Platte-Geddes relays, Gregory's Campbell, Jaguar hurdlers shine
BONESTEEL — The Platte-Geddes girls 800-meter relay team came into the Region 6B track and field meet Thursday in Bonesteel with a final chance to qualify for state, and did just that.
The team of sophomore Reganne Engebretson, freshman Jada Nelson, eighth-grader Sarah Erickson and senior Brianna Erickson took first place in the event with a time of 1 minute, 51.10 seconds, topping second-place Corsica/Stickney by more than a second.
“It feels really good to qualify for state today because we have spent the second half of the season working on our relays,” Brianna Erickson said. “There is a lot less stress on us now that we know we made it.”
The girls meet was won by Kimball/White Lake with a total of 109 points, while host Burke/South Central too second with 95 points. Gregory followed in third (86), Avon finished fourth (82) and Colome took fifth (77).
The Platte-Geddes girls team finished sixth with 70.5 points, while the Black Panthers 800 girls relay team said it has been working hard to fine tune its handoffs and Engebretson believes the group is rounding into form at the right time.
“In our previous meets, we have had so many bad handoffs and to finally get it perfect for regions feels great,” Engebretson said. “We had to run the actual races in practice to get it perfect, and when we didn’t get it right, we had to do it again. We did that until we had it all perfect.”
The group will compete at the Class B state tournament, which starts May 30 in Sioux Falls.
Brianna Erickson is the lone member of the Black Panthers relay team who is in her final year of high school, as she graduated from Platte-Geddes recently. She said despite her days in the classroom being over, there is no letdown in her focus on the track.
“We just keep our goals set high,” Brianna Erickson said. “I’m done with school now, so all of that stress is gone too.”
Platte-Geddes also won the girls 400 and 1,600 relays, with Brianna Erickson and Engebretson running a leg of those events.
Corsica/Stickney boys hurdle competition
The Corsica/Stickney boys track and field team pulled away from the competition at the Region 6B meet and a trio of Jaguar hurdlers helped the team build momentum heading into state.
Senior Lee Lauck took first in the boys 110- and 300-meter hurdles and was followed closely by teammates Kruz Knudson, a junior, and freshman Clayton Menning in both events.
“It feels good to always have someone there to push you in these events,” Lauck said. “It makes you always want to do better.”
Knudson took second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300, while Menning placed second in the 300 and fourth in the 110.
“It helps me keep building my time,” Knudson said of the competition in practice. “It gives me something to go for.”
Lauck ran a time of 15.67 seconds in the 110 hurdles and said the goal for all of the Jaguar hurdlers is to place at state and to break into the top 10 in team points.
Corsica/Stickney was followed in the team standings by Platte-Geddes with 96 and Gregory with 92.
Gregory freshman Matt Campbell takes boys discus
The personal goals are high for Gregory freshman Matt Campbell, who said he did not throw his best at the Region 6B track and field meet Thursday, but his effort was enough to come out on top.
Campbell took first in the discus with a top toss of 136 feet, 2 inches, besting Kimball/White Lake’s Nathaniel Schroeder’s second-place throw of 131-3.
“I wish I could have done a little better, but it turned out pretty good,” Campbell said. “This has been about what I’ve been averaging this season.”
Campbell also competed in the shot put Thursday, placing 13th. He said he prefers the discus for one simple reason.
“I like it more because I can throw it a lot farther,” Campbell said about the discus, with a laugh.
He will compete at the Class B state meet, which begins May 30 in Sioux Falls.