Fritz sprints up Class A leaderboard for Winner
Freshman Brady Fritz has been a pleasant surprise for the Winner boys track and field team this season.
He's been competing at the state track and field meet since he was a seventh grader, but took a jump this year and has the potential to score major points for the Warriors this weekend. The Class A portion of the South Dakota State Track and Field Meet is in Spearfish on Friday, and will join the other classes in Rapid City on Saturday.
"We really look for Brady to have a very good state meet," Winner coach Larry Aaker said. "He has increasingly been getting better and better as the season goes along and that's definitely what you want to see."
The freshman sprinter and jumper has qualified in three individual events for the Warriors. He has the second-best time in the 100-meter dash (11.04), the third-best in the triple jump (43-8) and sixth in the long jump (21-7).
Aaker anticipated Fritz performing well in the jumps, but the 100 was an added bonus.
"We kind of knew that he would increasingly get better," Aaker said. "But the 100, he's just been looking better and better. So that's kind of been a surprise."
Fritz again anchors the 4x100-meter relay team, which finished eighth last season. This year's team consists of Riley Calhoon, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun and Fritz. The Warriors have the third best time at 44.14 seconds.
"Our 4x1 relay has been running pretty well," Aaker said. "Hopefully they can run well and hopefully we can place."
On the girls side for Winner, eighth-grader Sidda Schuyler has qualified in the mile and two-mile runs. She has the fourth best time in the two-mile (11:34.04) and the 13th best time in the mile (5:34.94).
"She placed last year in the two-mile," Aaker said. "I look for her place in the two mile for sure. Hopefully she can run a good race and hopefully she can squeak out a place in the mile, as well."
Chamberlain boasts strong athletes at state
Chamberlain's Ella Byers projects to be among the top distance runners in Class A. The former state cross-country champion enters the meet with the third-best time in the 1,600-meter run (5:13.84) and 3,200-meter run (11:26.66).
She's also qualified in the 800 and two relays, but she's going to focus entirely on the mile and two-mile runs, said Chamberlain coach Renee Long.
"We are going to try to run her in one big race a day," Long said. "(The) two-mile one day and the mile the next and focus on those for Ella."
Chamberlain's Avany Long will also focus on her individual events. She's qualified in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the long jump. At the recent region track meet, Long set the school record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.3 seconds.
Cub thrower Mady Handel has the fourth-best mark in the shot put (37-7) and 10th best in the discus (113-6).
"She placed in both shot and disc at state last year—eighth place in both of those," Long said. "She should be able to improve on both of those this year."
On the boys side, Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher enters this weekend as one of the top throwers in Class A. He's got the best discus mark (157-2) and the third-best shot put seed (51-10.50).
Teammate Riggs Priebe will compete in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump and the long jump. He has the fourth-best mark in the triple jump at 43-8, which Long likes considering he's relatively new to the event and has only tried it three times.
"He is of course a tremendous athlete and he has good fundamentals for long jump," Long said. "He's in really good shape and it's easy to move him over and try him at the triple jump. We are just starting to see what he can do at triple jump."
Several other Mitchell-area athletes rank near the top of their respective events:
• Wagner's Jaden Peters has the third-best pole vault mark in Class A (13-9).
• Ethan/Parkston's Tulsa Janish has the third-best 200 time (22.50) and the seventh-best 100 (11.15).
• Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Savannah Risseeuw has the second-best 100 hurdles (15.54) and the third-best 300 hurdles (46.91) times.
• McCook Central/Montrose's Jacy Pulse has the class' best 300 hurdles mark (45.20) and the fifth-best 100 hurdles (15.60) time.