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RAPID CITY—There was only one record standing in Brennan Schmidt's way on Saturday. It was the Class B 200-meter dash record of 22.09 seconds and Schmidt, who set the all-time 400 record on Friday, clocked in a time of 21.99 to win the event and break another record. "I knew this was it, so I gave it everything," Schmidt said.
RAPID CITY—Platte-Geddes track and field head coach Matt Maxon knew his team could pull off a state championship. As the state track and field meet came to a close, it turned out, he was right. The Black Panther boys won the Class B boys team championship with 60.5 points. "It's incredible," Maxon said. "Going into the meet we knew everyone had to perform at their best just to finish top three.
STURGIS—Chandler Nelson battled both Mother Nature and the Class AA discus field at the state track meet on Friday in Sturgis. It didn't stop the Mitchell senior from claiming the discus state championship with a throw of 168 feet, 8 inches. Morning rainfall soaked the discus field and made the throwing pit very slick for all competitors, but that didn't stop Nelson from claiming his second title in two years.
RAPID CITY—The rainy weather didn't hinder Mitchell-area teams from putting together top performances during the first day of the Class B state track and field meet on Friday in Rapid City. While Freeman's Brennan Schmidt and Scotland's Dan Stibral were breaking records and winning state titles, plenty of other teams were putting in strong performances. The Platte-Geddes boys sit in first place with 31.5 points, while Scotland is in second with 26 points. Finals will take place at 9:30 a.m.
SPEARFISH—Ethan/Parkston's Wes Dvorak and Bon Homme's Morgan McAllister each earned state titles at the Class A track and field meet on Friday in Spearfish. Dvorak won the boys long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5 inches, while McAllister won the girls pole vault with a mark of 9-03. The Bon Homme girls sit in ninth place with 14.7 points, while McCook Central/Montrose is tied for 12th with eight points. Mount Vernon/Plankinton are in 16th place with seven points.
RAPID CITY—Freeman head coach Rory Hermsen said he expected Brennan Schmidt to have a strong state track meet. But he didn't expect his senior standout to break a 33-year-old record. "Not in the weather conditions like (we had) today," Hermsen said with a smile at Friday's Class B state track and field meet in Rapid City. "He ran spectacular and had a great day." Schmidt, the defending Class B champion, clocked in his prelim 400-meter dash time at 47.54.
The Winner/Colome and South Central amatuer baseball teams each joined new leagues this season after the Rosebud TMT League disbanded due to a lack of teams. Martin's amatuer team could not field a complete team this season, dispersing the league because the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association states that a minimum of four teams are needed to make up a league. "We ended up with just two teams in the Rosebud League and both teams still wanted to play, so we decided to split up," Winner/Colome head coach Kevin Graesser said.
It's a big weekend for many Class B Mitchell-area athletes. South Dakota's top track and field athletes are all heading west to compete at the Class B state track meet which begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT in Rapid City. Prelims for the majority of track events will be held today, with finals set for Saturday in Rapid City. The finals for the 800-meter run the 3,200 run and 3,200 relay will be today. The Freeman boys track team took third at last year's state meet with 51 points.
Ethan/Parkston's Wes Dvorak and Camden Myers are each looking to bring home a state championship at the Class A state track meet. The Class A meet begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT with field events and 10 a.m. with running events in Spearfish. Prelims for the majority of track events will be held today, with finals set for Saturday in Rapid City. The finals for the 800-meter run the 3,200 run and 3,200 relay will be today. Dvorak posts two of the state's top marks in the 300 hurdles (39 seconds) and long jump (23 feet, 5 inches).
Joe Kramer will be back coaching on the sidelines at Joe Quintal Field this fall. The former Dakota Wesleyan University and Pierre head football coach will be an assistant coach for the Mitchell Kernels this fall. "In the past, I've used him as a resource and encouraged his input," Mitchell head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "It's a fit for him and a fit for us. With the retirement of coach Ron Parks, it just worked out.