Following are biographies, provided by the South Dakota Hall of Fame, of each of the 13 people who will be inducted into the hall at Chamberlain this weekend.
Induction Ceremony Weekend events began Friday and will continue today at Chamberlain and Oacoma, culminating with an Honors Banquet at 6:15 p.m. at Cedar Shore Resort.
SIOUX FALLS — Cody Snyder and Shelby Assmus both have at least two state discus titles under their belts, but Saturday, both added another, perhaps more prestigious title.
Assmus, a senior thrower for Corsica/Stickney, and Snyder, a senior from Andes Central, won the girls’ and boys’ discus competition at the 86th annual Howard Wood Relays at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS — As soon as Mitch Kraft took the baton from younger brother Jase Kraft, the Wessington Springs’ relay team knew it was over.
Mitch Kraft stormed out to grab first place, and his twin brother, Drew Kraft, finished the Class B boys’ 3,200-meter relay well in front of the pack Friday at the 86th annual Dakota Relays at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
More than 3,000 middle school, high school, college and university athletes will be competing at the 86th running of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays this weekend in Sioux Falls.
Area prep track and field teams are sure to be well represented at one of the state’s premier athletic events, which starts with field events at 12:30 p.m. today at Howard Wood Field.
SIOUX FALLS — For the first time in several years, both days of the annual Howard Wood Relays were not affected by some sort of inclement weather, and area track athletes took full advantage.
Three local individuals and one relay team picked up wins Saturday during the second day of the relays.
Bethany Gross, Hanson, won the long jump with a leap of 17-feet-6.75 inches. Ethan/Parkston’s Alex Muntefering won his second event of the two-day event Saturday and was a part of the winning relay team. Muntefering won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:19.26, a time more than three seconds faster than second-place Jared Ailts of Yankton.
SIOUX FALLS — On a day full of records at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, Ethan/Parkston’s Alex Muntefering still managed to steal the show.
The Parkston High School standout won the 800-meter special event in meet-record time Friday night, finishing in 1:52.46 to break the old record, which stood for 12 years, by 1.4 seconds.
For the last two years, rain has wreaked havoc on one of South Dakota’s premiere track and field events, cutting it short both years.
But with the forecast calling for clear skies and temperatures in low 60s in Sioux Falls this weekend, it looks like the Howard Wood Dakota Relays might finally go off without a hitch.
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