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MADISON—Winner sprinter Cameron Kuil set himself up for a strong ending to his stellar season. Kuil entered the 2016 Class A state meet with the top time in the boys 200-meter dash, the third-best time in the 100 and the fourth-best time in the 400. On Friday in Madison, Kuil recorded the top preliminary times in both the 200 (22.4 seconds) and 400 (50.41), while holding the second-best prelim 100 time (11.16).
MADISON—Wes Genant joined the Ethan/Parkston track and field team for the first time this spring and he wanted to make an impact. On Friday at the Class A state track and field meet in Madison, Genant made his presence known as he stood atop the podium after winning the boys shot put with a personal-best mark of 53 feet, 3 inches. "It's a great feeling to come out and be the best in the state," Genant said. "I was capable and it was all a matter putting it together. I was a little surprised, too."
MADISON—Since finishing a few inches shy of a state title last year, Bon Homme's Chase Kortan had been waiting for Friday's start of the 2016 Class A state meet. A few inches made the difference again in 2016 but Kortan was on the right side of the tape measure, as he claimed Class A boys long jump state championship with a leap of 21 feet, 11.5 inches. "I've waited about 365 days to come back here to win and I got the job done," said Kortan, who took second behind Ethan/Parkston's Wes Dvorak at last year's state meet. "It feels great."
SIOUX FALLS—Six days after knocking off the three-time defending Class B state champions in the Region 4B title game, the Winner/Colome prep baseball team will have its eyes on replacing St. Thomas More as the state champs. The Royals' quest for the team's first club baseball title begins against Region 2B winner Dell Rapids at 10 a.m. on Monday at Sioux Falls Stadium in Sioux Falls. West Central and Dakota Valley will meet in the second semifinal and the championship will be decided later that day.
MADISON—Jocelyn Krouse wasn't going to let the early morning rain stop her from claiming her first-ever state title. The McCook Central/Montrose freshman jumper capped off her stellar season in impressive fashion by winning the girls long jump at the 2016 Class A state meet on Friday in Madison. "It feels really good," Krouse said. "I didn't think I was going to do as well as I did because the weather was terrible, but I just pushed it and tried my hardest."
Thirty-three Mitchell High School track and field athletes will end their season at the Class AA state meet this weekend in Sioux Falls. MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said he's hoping all the athletes end the season on a high note, whether that's being a state place-winner or recording a personal-best mark. "We're excited about the group we're taking over and the kids are excited to compete," Shepardson said. "We've had some nice weather for practice this week and we've got some one-on-one time with all of the state qualifiers."
PARKSTON—Having the second-best mark in the Class A boys shot put would be an impressive accomplishment for any track and field athlete. It's even more impressive, considering this is the first year Parkston's Wes Genant has competed in throwing events. Genant will cap off his prep career with the Trojans at the Class A state meet today in Madison. In his first year competing in both the shot put and discus, Genant qualified for both events.
CANISTOTA — Jerad Nielsen will be remembered as one of the top football players Canistota High School has ever seen. That's no small feat at a school with four state championships. But people will also remember Nielsen for what he does next. The Canistota senior has selected a post-high school plan that differs from many prep football standouts — he'll attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. "It just feels right," Nielsen said about his decision to attend the Naval Academy. "It's something I want to do."
WINNER — The Winner/Colome prep baseball team got past its old rival Tuesday night in dramatic fashion for a second time in 2016, this time with a sweeter reward: a trip to the state baseball tournament. For the first time in six years, Winner/Colome will represent Region 4B in the state tournament, after the Royals outlasted three-time defending state champion St. Thomas More 3-2 in eight innings in the region championship game on Tuesday in Winner.
Mount Marty women's golfers Logan Wagner, Kellie Winckler and Kristen Shanahan were named to the all-Great Plains Athletic Conference team announced on Wednesday. Wagner, Winckler and Shanahan helped lead the Lancers to a third-place finish in the GPAC with a four-round total score of 215. Wagner, a Parkston native, was Mount Marty's top finisher as she took fourth-place individually with a score of 327, while Winckler, a Lake Andes native, finished ninth by carding a 335. Shanahan, a Burke native, placed 15th with a final tally of 349.