USF Relays show off Priebe family in hurdling eventsSIOUX FALLS— Brandon, Traxton and Hudson Priebe say that competing in hurdling events runs in the family. Traxton and Hudson are brothers and Brandon is their cousin. “Everyone in our family has done track,” Traxton said. “And most of them have done hurdles.”
By: Claire Meador, The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS— Brandon, Traxton and Hudson Priebe say that competing in hurdling events runs in the family.
Traxton and Hudson are brothers and Brandon is their cousin.
“Everyone in our family has done track,” Traxton said. “And most of them have done hurdles.”
Brandon, a senior at South Dakota State University, is the oldest of the three hurdlers. Traxton is a senior at Chamberlain High School and Hudson is a sophomore at CHS.
Despite their age differences, the three hurdlers were able to compete together in the same track meet Friday at the University of Sioux Falls Relays, which was held at the USF Sports Complex in Sioux Falls. The meet started on Friday and continues through today. In spite of the uncooperative weather, which brought multiple rain delays and threatened to ruin the meet with lightning, the three athletes were able to run in their hurdling events.
The weather wasn’t the only thing holding Traxton and Hudson back, though. They almost missed the opportunity to compete at the relays altogether.
“If Brandon hadn’t told us about (the USF Relays), we would have never known,” Hudson said.
Brandon added that he was disappointed that the Howard Wood Relays had to be canceled this year, so he thought the USF Relays would be a good way for him to be able to see his cousins run and a chance for them all to compete together.
It’s quite obvious that the fast gene runs in the family, too.
Hudson broke Brandon’s CHS school record in the 110-meter hurdles earlier this year with a time of 14.90 seconds. Brandon’s record was 14.95. Hudson then broke his own school record, running a personal best of 14.70 seconds at the South Central Relays.
“(Hudson) has horse-length strides,” CHS track coach Jerry Rhodes said. “He’s a great kid to coach.”
Traxton has the best time in the 300 hurdles in Class A this season. Brandon holds Chamberlain’s school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 31.8 seconds and before Friday, Traxton’s best time was 41.0 seconds.
Traxton took third place in the 300 hurdles Friday, beating his own personal best, with a time of 40.07 seconds. Hudson came in sixth place in the same event with a time of 41 seconds.
Brandon said he always enjoys being able to see his cousins compete.
“I don’t get to see them run very often,” he said.
Friday marked the second meet the three athletes were able to compete in together; the first was last year at Howard Wood.
Traxton, who is set to graduate from high school this month, will be attending SDSU next year. He said he’s unsure whether or not he’ll run track for the Jackrabbits, but it’s something that he’s considering. Traxton said Brandon had a “little bit” of influence on his decision of where to go to college.
Hudson said he’s not really thinking about college right now. He said he is excited to be able to improve and compete on the CHS track team for the next couple of years. Rhodes said both Hudson and Traxton are very competitive and they look up to Brandon quite a bit.
Brandon is in his fifth and final year with SDSU. He was redshirted his sophomore year due to a bad knee injury. Doctors weren’t sure if he would be able to continue to compete at the Division I level because the injury was a complete destruction of his ligaments and tendons in the knee that supports the quadriceps.
He made a full recovery, however, and was able to continue competing for the Jackrabbits. He won the men’s 400-meter hurdling event Friday with a time of 53.87 seconds.
Lyndon McDowell, assistant track coach and hurdles coach, said Brandon is the best hurdler on the team.
“He’s a student of the event and that’s where you see guys excel,” McDowell said. “They take ownership of the event. They really study it and try to figure out what they’re doing.”
Brandon said that one of his goals this season is to be able to compete at the NCAA Division I first round meet in Austin, Texas, May 24-26. He said he needs to shave about a second off his best time of 53.09 in order to qualify for the meet. The meet hosts the top 48 runners from the east and west regions every year.
Brandon said he also is hoping to set the SDSU record in the 400 hurdles event. He’s within a second of getting the record and said he hopes he can achieve that time in an upcoming meet.
“(Brandon is) a real dedicated guy. He works hard and does everything you’ve got to do,” McDowell said.
“He loves doing it.”