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Mitchell’s Kaelyn Kaul runs in the sprint medley relay at the girls Class AA state track and field meet Friday at Sioux Falls O’Gorman High School. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS — The Kernels had two athletes pick up third-place finishes Friday at the Class AA state track and field meet in Sioux Falls.

Junior Abby Sudbeck took third in the discus and sophomore Tevyn Waddell finished in the top three in pole vault. The two helped the Kernel girls to sixth place after the first day with 23.5 points. Rapid City Stevens is in first with 45 points.

Sudbeck, who improved off last year’s fifth-place finish, had a toss of 121 feet, 10 inches.

“Abby was ninth going into the finals and passed six people in the finals,” Mitchell track coach Geoff Gross said. “She’s been frustrated lately with her discuss, but she put it all together today when it mattered.”

Sudbeck will compete in the shot put for another medal in the second day of the meet, which begins at 9 a.m. today at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

Waddell cleared a height of 10-9 Friday to solidify a third-place finish, besting her personal best of 10-feet.

“Tevyn had an unbelievable day,” Gross said. “Everything went as well as we could’ve hoped with her. She’s been stuck at 10-foot plateau and everything came together today. This is a building block for her in the future. We’ve got to give a lot of credit to coach (Travis) Carpenter with his work with her.”

Waddell also placed in the high jump, taking fifth after clearing 5-feet. Rapid City Central’s Colette won the event with a mark of 5-7.

Mitchell junior Taylor Volesky placed in two events Friday, finishing fifth in the long jump and triple jump. Volesky jumped 16-2.25 in the long jump, while leaping 35-3.75 in the triple jump. Brookings’ Alexis Gannon won both events and set a meet record in the triple jump with a leap of 40-3.75.

The Mitchell boys got on the points board Friday after not scoring any points in the 2013 state track meet. Ben Prill, a senior, placed seventh in the triple jump with a jump of 43-4. The mark is a personal best for Prill.

Sophomore Mason Carpenter just missed the podium after taking ninth in the pole vault.

On the track, junior Ellie Rew advanced to today’s finals in the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Mitchell missed qualifying for the finals in every relay.

“Things didn’t end how we wanted them to,” Gross said. “We had 13 seniors our between the boys and girls this season. To have that many seniors out is commendable to the leadership we had. We’re going to miss them.”

The only senior competing today is Shelly Iburg in the girls shot put.

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