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Nelson, Lemon each win two at 4B meet

Hanson’s Ellie Tuschen, right, hands the baton off to teammate Kynedi Cheeseman, left, during the girls 800-meter relay Thursday at the Region 4B track and field meet in Chester. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)


The Daily Republic

CHESTER — It was a tough week in practice for Mitchell Christian junior thrower Chandler Nelson, but that disappeared Thursday.

Nelson won the shot put and discus at the Region 4B track and field meet in Chester. For more results, see Page B2.

“Two days ago, I was only throwing 40 feet (in the shot put) and my spin technique was off, but I got it back on,” Nelson said. “It was a tough week, but it was a really good throwing day.”

Nelson had winning throws of 50 feet, 1/2 inch in the shot put and 165-9 in the discus.

Nelson’s teammate Aaron Lemon had a big day for the Golden Eagles, winning the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.

Lemon ran a personal best in the 400 with a time of 50.6 seconds. He won the 800 with a 2:02.0 time.

“I was a little bit nervous because it’s regions and so much rides on these races,” Lemon said. “But once you start running, you kind of forget about that and focus on finishing the race and that’s what I tried to do. I shaved off almost a second (in the 400) and it’s big to peak at the right time.”

Hanson’s Wenande advances to state

Hanson’s Aaron Wenande tied for second in the 100-meter dash to earn a spot at the state meet, which is May 30-31 in Sioux Falls.

“I was happy with the way I ran and I have to keep working to get better,” Wenande, a sophomore, said.

Some of the timers had Wenande finishing third behind Canistota’s Nick Hofer, while some had him at second place, even though both runners had the same time of 11.7. After a short discussion, it was decided there would be a tie, sending both runners to state.

Nielsen does a different triple duty

In track, it’s common for an athlete to participate in different events, but normally the events have similar qualities. For example, athletes often run all sprint races or all distance races.

However, Canistota’s Chloe Nielsen went against the odds Thursday by competing in a different combination of events. She competed in two throwing events but also anchored a sprint relay for the Hawks.

Nielsen won the Region 4B shot put title with a throw of 37-11.5. She placed third in the discus with a toss of 104-11 and ran for the Hawks’ 400-meter relay team, which finished seventh.

“I come from a small school, so you have to do everything because we don’t have a very big team,” Nielsen said. “So everyone has to step up and run.”