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SIOUX FALLS—It was a good day for the Mitchell High School track and field day at both the Dakota Relays and Sioux Falls O'Gorman Invite on Friday in Sioux Falls. The Kernels had many athletes achieve personal bests headlined by Miles Rolle's triple jump of 42-feet, 4.75 inches. "He's really invested his efforts into the triple jump this year and we're seeing the results," MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said. "He's bought in and gets better at every meet."
SIOUX FALLS—The high school boys triple jump featured some impressive marks on Friday night. Before the finals began, the Dakota Relays record of 46-feet, 5 inches was topped with a mark of 47-4.5 by Rapid City Central's Sage Hagen. Jumpers battled back and forth before Dane Allen, out of Bismarck, N.D., cleared 48-1.75 to win the event and shattering the old record. Chamberlain's Riggs Priebe took ninth with a leap of 42-10, while Mitchell's Miles Rolle finished 13th (42-4.75) and Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Daaron Tronvold finished 18th (41-09.5).
SIOUX FALLS — In a weather-shortened season, track and field athletes across the state will be looking to make a statement in South Dakota's biggest meet this weekend. The 93rd edition of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays get underway today and continues on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. More than 3,000 middle school, high school and college student athletes will compete with some of the region's best. Many athletes will be looking to achieve a top time of the season or a personal best in front of crowds that match a state meet atmosphere.
Ever since she cleared 5-foot-7 last year, Carly Haring has been aiming higher and higher. And the Mitchell junior, a two-time state champion, keeps soaring further into the record books. Despite only jumping outside four times in practice and in one meet, Haring cleared her goal of 5-8 last week at the First Dakota Relays in Yankton. It was a significant jump as she reset her school record and entered rare terroritty by reaching a top-10 all-time South Dakota mark.
WAGNER — Jaden Peters had a record day on Monday. It was a double record-setting performance for the Wagner freshman. Peters broke the Little Missouri Valley Conference boys pole vault record with a jump of 13-feet, 1.5 inches and then topped the Wagner school record by clearing 13-3.5. It was the first time Peters had cleared 13 feet in a competition.
Jacob Rice and the University of Jamestown men's golf team won the Northern Star Athletic Association Championship on Tuesday at Prairie Links Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa. The Jimmies carded a team score of 1,189 in four rounds to win the six-team tournament for the first time in six seasons. Rice, a Mitchell native, carded a 3-over 75 on Monday and a 4-over 76 on Tuesday to finish third with a 299 (73, 75, 75, 76). The Jimmies qualify for the NAIA National Tournament at TPC Deere Run May 15-18 in Silvis, Illinois.
While currently living in Mitchell, Tre Hobbs is chasing his NFL dreams. The Detroit native and former Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger is getting closer and closer to an NFL opportunity. With the NFL Draft now complete, Hobbs could receive a minicamp invite anytime. Hobbs said he's had contact with both the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in recent days but has not received an offer.
Spring golf is tricky — especially in South Dakota. No one knows that better than high school golfers, who battle weather elements throughout the season. It's led to a debate on when to start and when to finish the South Dakota High School Activities Association spring golf season. But the debate now appears to be over for the foreseeable future and it has many high school golf coaches feeling like they are stuck like a golfer in a sand trap.
Year Two of Dakota Bulldogs amateur football begins today. And the Bulldogs learned plenty from their inaugural season and hope to build off last year's experience when the season kicks off against the league's defending champion—the Buffalo Ridge Wildcats at 3 p.m. at Cadwell Park Sports Complex. "It's more competitive than what we thought," co-owner Shaun Davis said with a laugh. "It's a lot more fun, too. It brings back all the memories and the competitiveness is there. Teams want to win."
South Dakota State University redshirt freshman quarterback Kanin Nelson split time with starting quarterback Taryn Christion and led the Blue team over the White team 40-17 during the Jackrabbits' spring game on Friday in Brookings. Nelson, who is battling for SDSU's backup quarterback spot, finished the contest 4-of-7 for 18 yards and one touchdown. Christion went 9-of-17 for 160 yards and two touchdowns. The former Mitchell Kernel standout hasn't seen the field for SDSU in his two seasons with the team.