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Priebe doubles up on hurdle titles

Chamberlain senior Hudson Priebe, left, clears a hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles at the Class A state track and field meet Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Also pictured is Ethan/Parkston's Wes Dvorak. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Hudson Priebe finished his stellar career with a pair of state titles at the Class A state track and field meet Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

The Chamberlain senior won the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events, while also placing third in the 200-meter dash for the Cubs. He ends his high school career with three state titles, including a 110-meter hurdles title as a sophomore in 2012.

"I couldn't do it last year when I took second and third," Priebe said of winning two events in one year. "It feels great to come back this year and get two firsts. I knew I stood a great chance at this. It's nice to go out with a bang as a senior."

Priebe, who added a third place finish in the long jump Friday, scored all 32 points for the Cubs, who finished sixth in the team standings. Custer won with 103 points, while Bon Homme finished ninth with 29 points.

"It's been a joy to have him around the last several years," Chamberlain coach Jerry Rhodes Jr. said.

In the final stretch of the 300, Priebe clipped one of the hurdles which slowed him down, but he quickly regained his balance to win the race in a time of 39.04 seconds.

"Most of the hurdles were getting close, but it wasn't enough to hurt my running," Priebe said. "I did cut my knee up a little bit on that one, but I recovered from that and kept going."

He took the event's gold medal, which is given to the athlete with the fastest time across all three classes.

In the 110, Priebe crossed the finish line first with a time of 14.80 seconds, edging out second-place finisher Wes Dvorak, of Ethan/Parkston.

Rhodes said Priebe's stride length is what makes him special and that if the 200-meter dash was about 20 meters longer, he would have won that event as well. Priebe took third in the 200 with a time of 22.95 seconds. In the final stretch, Priebe was gaining on the leaders, but Dell Rapids Zach Schroeder won with a time of 22.82 seconds.

He will run track at Division I Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, next year.

"I'm excited to run track in college, but I'm going to enjoy my summer first," Priebe said.