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Dakota Relays notebook: Freeman boys relay team finishes on high note

Freeman's Collin Helma runs the final leg of the Class B boys 4x100-meter relay at the 93rd Dakota Relays on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS — There was some highs and lows for the Freeman boys sprint relay team on Saturday.

The Flyers first competed in the Class B 4x200 where they clocked a time of 1 minute, 32.98 seconds. The time would've been a Dakota Relays record, but it was disqualified because one runner ran on the lane line for three steps.

But the team of Dalton Bodewitz, Collin Helma, Charles Harberts and Braxton Schmidt bounced back to win the Class B 4x100 with a time of 45.33 seconds.

"The kids ran well and we got the handoffs down really well," Freeman head coach Rory Hermsen said. "There was some disappointment earlier in the day but they came back and got that one so they were happy with that."

Chester Area ended up claiming the 4x200 title, but Hermsen said he was happy with how the group responded after the DQ.

"They need to know where they are at in the exchange zones," Hermsen said. "They can learn a lot from it. At least it wasn't at the state meet."

Freeman bested its previous 4x100 time of 44.94 and holds the top time in the state at Class B. The Flyers have the second-best 4x200 time in the state and the fastest 4x400 time in Class B (3:33.14).

"They are a special group and they push each other," Hermsen said. "They'll have to run really well to win at the state meet."

On the girls side, Freeman's medley relay team took third in Class B on Saturday with a time of 4:29.25.

TDA girls claim Class B 4x100 title

Running the final 100 meters of the Class B girls 4x100 relay, Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Brooklyn Brouwer couldn't see anyone by her when she received the baton.

But that didn't stop her from running hard to the finish where she helped the Nighthawks (52.67) edge Colman-Egan (52.89) for the Dakota Relays title.

"I was so excited. In my head, I thought we're going to win this," Brouwer said. "We weren't seeded where we thought we'd be, but that was fine because it worked out for us. It was such a good feeling."

Joining Brouwer on the winning team was Kianna Payer, Alyssa Whitney and Hannah Whitney. TDA automatically qualified for state with its performance on Saturday. The team finished second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:50.35, just behind Deubrook Area (1:49.73).

"We just like to do everything together and push each other," Brouwer said. "We'll keep working hard in practice and doing our best."

Pulse finishes third in girls 300 hurdles

McCook Central/Montrose's Jacy Pulse took third place in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.95 on Saturday. It gave Pulse the second-best time in Class A this season behind West Central's Averi Schmeichel (46.44). The MCM sophomore is qualified for both the 300 hurdles and 400 (1:00.84) for the state meet thus far.

Noteables

Custer's Tori Glanzer and Bison's Daniel Burckhalter were named the 2018 Gold Medal Scholarship winners. In total, 10 meet records were broken in the two days at the weather-shortened event.

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