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Jason Greenway earns long awaited hurdles championship

(Kevin Pottebaum/Republic) Mitchell's Jason Greenway leaps over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles event at the Class AA state track and field meet Saturday in Rapid City.

RAPID CITY -- The 300-meter hurdles state title had eluded Mitchell's Jason Greenway for far too long.

Greenway, a senior, was finally able to claim a state championship in the event Saturday in Rapid City. He finished with a time of 38.7 seconds.

"There was a lot of relief when that race was over," Mitchell track coach Geoff Gross said. "He finally got the recognition he deserved in that event."

Greenway was the first athlete to cross the finish line last year in the event, but was disqualified for knocking a hurdle into another runner's lane. Two years ago, Greenway had the best time entering the state tournament but was unable to compete due to an injury.

"It's nice to finally just finish in first and get the award," Greenway said. "I was happy with the way it turned out."

Greenway's time in the 300 hurdles was 1.5 seconds better than second-place Brandon Gildemaster of Sioux Falls


"I had a lot of confidence that I could win," Greenway said. "I wasn't nervous about how well I was going to run. I just went out there and tried to run a clean race."

Greenway was hoping to bring home a few more state titles but fell short in a few events.

His jump of 22-feet, 3 inches was good for second-place in the long jump behind Brandon Valley's Matthew Vandeberg who jumped 22-feet-6.75.

In the 100-meter dash Greenway finished third after completing the event in 11.03 seconds. Sioux Falls Lincoln's Gemechu Godi, the Class AA boys' MVP at the meet, won the race in 10.97 seconds.

The 300 hurdles was Greenway's final event of his career, and he said he was happy to finish his career on top.

"It felt good to get gold," he said.

Greenway was also awarded the Howard Wood scholarship at the meet. The award is given to one male and one female athlete who stands out on and off the track and plans to continue their track career in South Dakota. Greenway looks to continue his success at Augustana next year.

"It was nice recognition for him," Gross said.

Gross said the Mitchell track team will miss Greenway who has been a major contributor for the program for four years.