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State track notebook: Area Class A, B athletes place on first day

Bon Homme's Scott Van Winkle attempts to clear 13 feet, 6 inches Friday during the Class A state track and field meet in Madison. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

MADISON -- To end a career with a personal best is what a senior hopes to do.

Bon Homme's Scott Van Winkle had that feeling Friday at the Class A state track and field meet in Madison. The senior took third in the boys pole vault after clearing a height of 13 feet.

"It feels good knowing you did your best jump on your last time doing it," said Van Winkle, who came into the state meet with a recorded height of 12-10.25.

Sioux Falls Christian's Gavin DeHaai won the event after clearing 13-6.

Prior to competing in the pole vault, Van Winkle qualified for today's event finals in the 400-meter dash. He is ranked third in today's race after clocking in at 51.03 seconds Friday. The final day of the state meet begins at 9 a.m. at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

"He did really well," Bon Homme track coach Byron Pudwill said. "That's a testament to his conditioning that he can run the quarter and come right over and jump his personal best."

Bon Homme earned a second-place finish Friday from Caitlin McLouth in girls long jump. She recorded a leap of 17-2.5 and was just behind state champion Kara Koth, of Sioux Falls Christian. Koth had a mark of 17-3.75.

Chase Kortan also placed for the Cavaliers Friday, taking eighth in the boys long jump with a leap of 20-7.25.

Three place for Ethan/Parkston in field events

Ethan/Parkston had two boys and one girl place in field events Friday. Wes Dvorak, Camden Myers and Darbi Gustafson all earned points for the team.

Dvorak continued to put up solid performances in the boys long jump like he's done all season.

The junior recorded a leap of 21-10.25 to take second place. Dell Rapids' Bret Nichols jumped 22-5.75 to claim the Class A boys long jump crown. Chamberlain's Hudson Priebe, who will compete in three track event finals today, took third in the event.

Myers, who came into state with the top mark in the boys high jump, took fourth after clearing 6-2.

"He was struggling with his mark today," Ethan/Parkston high jump coach Katrina Hostler said of the sophomore. "There's such a good field of jumpers and the future of this event will keep getting tougher because there are a lot of young kids competing."

Dell Rapids senior Zach White was the only jumper to clear 6-2. He went on to win the event with a jump of 6-4.

Gustafson finished fourth in the girls shot put. The junior recorded a mark of 37-8 and was 1.25 inches out of the third-place spot. Hill City's Jenni Qualm won the event with a throw of 40-4.75.

Lyman relay team surpasses expectations on opening day

With the sixth-best qualifying time coming into the Class B state track and field meet, the Lyman boys 800-meter relay team won its preliminary heat and posted the second-fastest qualifying time Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

“We came in not really expected to do much,” Raider anchor runner and sophomore Korder Cropsey said. “We haven’t had great handoffs lately and we pulled it together today.”

The team of Cropsey, senior Liam McManus, senior Harley Hoogendoorn and sophomore Conrad Mohr-Eymer set a school record with a time of 1 minute, 32.93 seconds to win the first heat of the 800-meter relay preliminaries. The Raider team finished 12 tenths of a second behind Herreid/Selby Area for the best qualifying time for today’s final at Howard Wood Field.

“There are so many moving pieces that you have to put together, but we did and ran our best time by far,” Cropsey said.

The Raiders were pushed in their heat by the team from Corsica/Stickney, which Cropsey said helped his team to a strong finish. The Jaguars qualified fifth.

Ipswich freshman Heinz continues to impress

Macy Heinz has been named the most outstanding track athlete at the girls Class B state meet the last two seasons, and she is only a freshman.

The Ipswich track star won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.09 Friday.

Coming down the stretch, the clock on the scoreboard stopped as Heinz had her eyes fixed on the time as she attempted to chase down a state meet record of 2:15.24.

The clock froze at 2:02 with just under 100 meters in left in the race.

“When I got done, the other girls on the team said ‘Macy ran a 2:02,’ ” Heinz said. “I will just have to try to break the record next year.”

Heinz will compete in the finals of the 100- and 400-meter dashes today.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.