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Throwing is family tradition for Skorepa

Scotland junior Carley Skorepa throws the discus in the girls final at the Class B state track and field tournament Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Although she did not live up to her own expectations, Scotland discus thrower Carley Skorepa's best was plenty to take the title at the Class B state track and field meet Friday at Howard Wood Field.

The junior's best toss of 127 feet, 3 inches was nearly 10 feet better than the second-place throw from Warner's McKenzie Bierman, giving Skorepa her first state title to add to the throwing legacy of her family. Skorepa placed fourth in the discus in 2013 for Scotland.

"I didn't throw my best today, but it's a state title so it's really exciting," Skorepa said. "I wanted to throw at least 130, but getting first was definitely the main goal."

Heading into the finals, Skorepa said she knew her chances were pretty good with how her efforts were stacking up against the field through the preliminary rounds.

Skorepa has three older sisters who all threw for Scotland during their high school days.

"I always have someone commenting on my throws," Skorepa said with a laugh. "If I'm doing something wrong, they are there to tell me everytime."

Skorepa also placed in the shot put for the Highlanders, taking eighth with a throw of 35-11. Jamie Begalka, of Estelline, won the shot put with a toss of 39-6.

Scotland sits in a threeway tie for ninth place after the first day of competition, with Skorepa scoring all 11 of the Highlanders' points.

Defending state champion Ipswich is out to an early lead with 44 points, while Elkton-Lake Benton is second with 21.5 and Freeman is third with 21.5 points.

The Flyers girls took second in the 3,200-meter relay with the team of Dayna Roth, Hannah Eberts, Shelby Jensen and Daylee Olson finishing in a time of 9 minutes, 57.83 seconds. Cailey Roth took third in the 800-meter run for Freeman, while Shelby Jensen took fifth in the long jump and Taylor Hermsen placed seventh in the discus.