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Eighteen holes just wasn't enough to decide the Region 4B girls individual championship on Tuesday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. Instead, it took Burke/South Central's Taylee Indahl 22 holes to do the job.
SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell High School track and field team left Howard Wood Field Saturday with an empty feeling. With the Kernel girls' 4x400 relay team waiting to take the track, severe weather brought a halt to the South Dakota State Track Meet with four total races remaining. The action wouldn't resume and Mitchell's season came to an end in an anti-climatic way, coach Joe Shepardson said. "It didn't really feel like the meet ended," he said. "It's not the way that you wanted to end the season."
SIOUX FALLS—It featured stops, starts, re-dos and ended up spanning two days but the Class B boys shot put event was very good to Colome's Matt Campbell. Campbell won the event with a throw of 51 feet, 1.75 inches, narrowly edging out Canistota's Xavier Ward Saturday in the South Dakota State Track Meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Ward threw 50 feet, 4 inches, with both area standouts as the only ones to reach the 50-foot marks in the finals. "It feels great," Campbell said. "All of the work pays off with a great reward, a state championship."
SIOUX FALLS—For Lyman's Korder Cropsey, the final race of his prep career will be a run he'll never forget. He went out a state champion. The Raiders' senior ran a 22.86 200-meter dash, good enough to win the Class B boys state championship by nearly a half-second and culminating five years of hard work with the ultimate reward. "It's an incredible feeling," he said. "It's been a lot of hard work. I've been running since I was in eighth grade and this has always been the goal. It's a pretty sweet way to end my career at Lyman."
SIOUX FALLS—The dive was the difference. In a neck-and-neck Class B 4x800-meter relay championship, James Valley Christian's Jayden Waldner narrowly edged out Platte-Geddes' Alex Gerlach at the finish line, winning by three-hundredths of a second, diving to the finish line. JVC's winning team of Jonathon Blom, Colton Schweigert, Kedric Brantner and Waldner finished in 8 minutes, 17.47 seconds edged out the defending state champion Black Panthers in 8:17.50, who ran Alex Daum, Will Weins, Zach Pettit and Gerlach.
MENNO — One hurdle at a time, Menno's Ashton Vaith has made herself the one to beat in the girls 100-meter hurdles at this weekend's state track meet. A sophomore for the Wolves, Vaith brings the top time into the race with a time of 15.40 seconds. In March, having the state's best time would have been a surprise to Vaith. That's not the case now.
FREEMAN — The Freeman Academy High School boys track team has its niche: the longer the race, the better. And they have two of the top area distance runners competing this weekend's Class B boys state track meet in Sioux Falls. Freeman Academy has six entries in the boys state meet and all of them are in the distance races. The Bobcats are led by senior Ryan Haggerty, who is a contender for a top finish in the 1,600-meter race, while freshman Thaniel Schroeder should be in contention for the podium on the 3,200-meter side.
Considering the size of the Mitchell Christian track and field team entering the season, even one qualifier for the South Dakota state high school track meet would have been reason to celebrate. But with just 11 members on the varsity track team, two participants in the state meet has Golden Eagles head coach Jodi Asbenson nearly jumping for joy. MCS will have a pair of young runners in the Class B distance races, with freshman Alec Nelson qualified for the boys 3,200-meter run and seventh grader Adaya Plastow running in the girls 1,600-meter race.
With a lot of games in a short season, the Mitchell Kernels prep baseball team decided not to break from its rhythm this week, continuing to play three games while building up to the Region 2A tournament today in Yankton. If it can pay off and the Kernels can stay in form, Mitchell will be headed back to the Class A state baseball tournament for the fourth time in six years.
SCOTLAND — The Freeman High School girls had a strong showing at the Region 5B track meet Thursday in Scotland, bringing home third place. Gayville-Volin won the girls competition with 123 points. Freeman was third with 88 points, followed by Menno with 86 points in fourth. In the boys competition, Freeman Academy was sixth with 60 points, Freeman was seventh with 58.5 points and Menno was eighth with 47.5 points. Irene-Wakonda was victorious with 153.5 points.