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Class A state track and field preview

Chamberlain’s Sierra Kenobbie, left, and Avany Long, right, run in the 300-meter hurdles at the Region 6A track and field meet May 22 in Chamberlain. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

After competing in the long jump as a freshman in the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Hudson Priebe was mistakenly announced as “Houston” several times before it was corrected.

Now a senior, the former state champion in the 110-meter hurdles is well known around the South Dakota track and field community. Priebe will compete in his final meet as a member of the Chamberlain Cubs boys track and field team at the Class A state meet starting with preliminaries at 9 a.m. today in Madison.

“He is just a real special kid and very humble,” Chamberlain track and field coach Jerry Rhodes Jr. said. “If you take away his athletic abilities, he is just the type of kid you want to have as a coach.”

The Drake University signee is the top seed for the 110- and 300-meter hurdles for Class A. He will also compete as the No. 1 seed in the long jump and will be the No. 4 seed in the 200-meter dash.

Rhodes said Priebe has a chance to do very well in the hurdle events and with some luck could challenge the state meet record in the 300. Priebe’s qualifying time in the 300 is 38.70 seconds while the meet record is 38.69 seconds.

“Breaking the state meet record would be tough to do but he would be the kid to do it,” Rhodes said of Priebe.

As for the long jump, Priebe has been dealing with some lower-leg problems that have affected his distance. Rhodes is optimistic for his chances to do well in long jump as well. As a sophomore, Priebe won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles and took second in the 110 and third in the 300. At Howard Wood earlier this season, he took first in both hurdle events for the Cubs.

Hudson’s younger brother, freshman Tiegen Priebe will also compete in the 300-meter hurdles for Chamberlain. Rhodes said Tiegen’s times are better than Hudson’s were at the same age.

On the girls side, eighth-grader Sierra Kenobbie and seventh-grader Avany Long will compete in the 300-meter hurdles. Long will also compete in the long jump for Chamberlain.

“Besides Hudson, the rest of the team is pretty young and it will be a good experience for them,” Rhodes said.

After winning 11 events at the Region 5A meet last week, the Bon Homme boys and girls track and field teams go into today’s Class A state meet with 11 top-5 seeds.

Senior Scott Van Winkle is seeded second in the boys 400-meter dash with a seed time of 50.2 seconds, while the boys 400-meter relay is also slotted second.

For the Cavalier girls, Caitlin McLouth heads into the long jump competition with the second best qualifying distance of 17 feet, 5.5 inches. McLouth is also the No. 2 seed for the triple jump.

The Winner girls track and field team has been led by freshman Chloe Bartels this season. The distance runner will compete in the 1600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Sophomore Camden Myers comes into the state meet as Ethan/Parkston’s best chance for a state champion. He is the top seed in the high jump with a qualifying height of 6-6, two inches better than the next athlete in the competition. Wes Dvorak is the No. 2 seed for Ethan/Parkston in the 110-meter hurdles.

Wagner, McCook Central/Montrose and Mount Vernon/Plankinton will each have athletes competing in the Class A state tournament.