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Sports: Colome cowboys up

SIOUX FALLS -- Behind the strong showing from senior standout Newley Kartak, the Colome boys' track team won its first-ever state track and field title Saturday at Howard Wood Field.

SIOUX FALLS -- Behind the strong showing from senior standout Newley Kartak, the Colome boys' track team won its first-ever state track and field title Saturday at Howard Wood Field.

The Cowboys won the Class B boys' title with 51 points. Scotland finished in second with 46 and defending champion Hanson had 44 points. Montrose finished in ninth with 23 points and Kimball tied for 13th with 20 points.

"Winning this means a lot to the community and the kids," Colome head track coach Kevin Keiser said. "It tells you what kind of athletes we have. You probably could've robbed a bank Saturday in Colome. We had a lot of supporters here."

Faulkton won the Class B girls' title with 56 points. Kimball took seventh with 33 points, Freeman was ninth with 26, Stickney was 10th with 25.5 points and Wessington Springs was 11th with 20.

It was Kartak's performance in the 200-meter dash that sealed the team win for the Cowboys late in the day Saturday. Kartak just edged Montrose's Derek Miles to win with a time of 22.80. Miles finished with a 22.81. Scotland's Mark Sayler took third with a 22.88 and Marion's Brad Tunge was sixth with a 23.36.

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Kartak, who had already run three events prior to the 200, admitted he was tired going into the race.

"It was a fun race to run," Kartak said. "I was tired and I knew I had to place first or second to give us a good chance to win it. I was going to hang with everybody until the curve and then back into it. I pushed myself the last 10 meters just to see if I had anything left. Luckily, it worked out for me.

"I think I was more mentally tired than physically tired. I was disappointed with how I did in the 300 hurdles, but I finally realized I had to run hard to help the team. That inspired me a little."

Kartak also took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.42. Kartak's cousin and teammate, Mitch Schwartz, took third with a 15.77 and Sanborn Central's Tyler Grassel was sixth with a 16.23.

"Newley was great this weekend," Keiser said. "He has ice in his veins. He did what he needed to do to win. In the 200, he just put his head down and ran as hard as he could. It kind of sealed the deal for the team win. Things went our way most of the weekend and we were lucky to hold off Scotland. They have some great runners."

Kartak came up just short in trying to win the 300-meter hurdles. Kartak had a time of 41.10, but Gettysburg's Justin Smith won with a 40.95. Schwartz took fourth with a 42.16 and Canistota's Sam Bjorkman was fifth with a 42.64.

"In the 110s, I was fairly confident with how I was going to do," Kartak said. "I was a little tight during the race, but it was kind of cold so that was expected."

Kartak, who is headed to Black Hills State next year to run track, was named the Class B boys' most outstanding performer. He also ran in the Colome 4x1 team that took third with a 45.88.

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"I'm glad that four years of hard work paid off this weekend for me," Kartak said. "Track is one of those junior- and senior-dominated sports and you mature as you get older. It was a good way to end my career with two first-place finishes. I went out the right way."

However, winning the team title was Kartak's biggest highlight.

"It's almost unimaginable," he said. "Being the first team in school history to do this, it's just crazy. All six guys that were at state for us helped out a bunch. Toby Harter, Ben Kartak, Mitch, Derek Beck and Josh Sherman all helped us win this."

Scotland won the 4x100 with a 45.45, Montrose was fifth (46.11) and Ethan was seventh (46.81). Scotland's four-some was made up of Mark Sayler, Dustin Barrett, Seth Jerke and Cody Ehlke. Scotland also won the 4x200-meter relay with a 1:33.88. The four-some was made up of Sayler, Dexter Grosz, Steve Bloch and Ehlke. Colome also took third in that relay (1:35.11), Montrose was fifth (1:36.63), Avon was seventh (1:37.10) and Canistota was eighth (1:37.71).

Sayler won the 100-meter dash in Class B with an 11.23. In the 400-meter dash, Kimball's Tyler Grussing took second (52.86), Menno's Logan Smidt was third (52.88), Hanson's Jordan Gau was fourth (53.16) and Grosz was sixth (53.21). In the 1,600-meter run, Armour's Wade Wright was eighth (4:45.60).

Hanson took home first in the 4x400-meter relay with a 3:34.81. The Beavers four-some consisted of Gau, Tyson Gau, Jon Hart and Shea Williams. Kimball was seventh (3:40.55) and Scotland was eighth (3:40.81). The Beavers took second in the 1,600-meter medley with a 3:49.93 to Hitchcock-Tulare's (3:48.94). Geddes-Dakota Christian was fifth (3:51.68) and Kimball was seventh (3:52.89).

In the shot put, Mount Vernon's Jake Steffen won with a 47-9.25 to end his high school career on a high note. Andes Central's Cody Snyder tied Campbell County's John Huber for second with a 46-3. Ben Zimmer took fourth (45-0.75), Corsica's Micah Pengitore was fifth (45-6.75) and Scotland's Skyler Bloch was sixth (43-3).

Snyder also won the discus Friday during competition. He wasn't surprised that Steffen came out with the win.

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"I thought I did all right, other than the shot put. Jake was just blowing everybody away," Snyder said. "I'm only a freshman so I'm looking forward to what the future holds. I just can't be lazy and I know I have to keep working."

The Mitchell area didn't have any winners on the Class B girls' side. Wessington Springs' Molly Kopfmann came up short to Gayville-Volin's Molly Kopfmann in the 1,600-meter run. Erickson, who was named the most outstanding performer for the Class B girls, won with a 5:21.14 and Kopfmann had a 5:29.40. Bridgewater-Emery's Samantha Hofer took third (5:33.78), Springs' Mindy Kraft was fifth (5:39.94) and Scotland's Molly Kokesh was sixth (5:35.67).

Ethan's Johanna Scheich took seventh in the 100-meter dash (13.14) and Cindy Syrovatka took eighth (13.29). In the 800-meter run, Kimball's Natalie Munger was third with a 1:01.51. In the 100-meter hurdles, Freeman's Jessie Waltner took fifth (16.59) and in the 300-meter hurdles she was seventh (50.51).

In relays, Freeman took fifth in the 4x100 (53.13) and Scotland was seventh (53.30). In the 4x200, Scotland was fifth (1:52.55) and Freeman Academy was eighth (1:53.92). In the 4x400, Avon took fifth (4:18.24) and Kimball was sixth (4:19.32). In the 1,600-meter medley, Stickney was fourth (4:34.28), Kimball was sixth (4:36.12), Scotland was seventh (4:38.36) and Armour was eighth (4:40.24).

The Mitchell area was well-represented in the shot put. Kimball's Heather Spier took second with a 35-11.5. Faulkton's Melodi Boke won with a 36-3.5. Stickney's Shelby Assmus took third (34-4.5) and Marion's Rachelle Schmidt was fourth (35-4).

Class A

Gregory's Alexa Duling nearly pulled off four first-place finishes, but had to settle for two instead.

Duling won the 100-meter dash with a 12.47 and the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.26. Winner's Alix Driscoll took second in the 100 dash with a 12.50 and Lyman's Haley Juhnke took third in the 100 hurdles (15.76) and Lyman's Ashley Kemnitz took fifth in the 100 hurdles with a 16.13.

However, Duling couldn't overcome Vermillion's Alicia Brown in the 200- and 400-meter dash. Brown won the 200 with a 25.38 to Duling's 25.44 and Brown won the 400 with a 58.44 to Duling's 58.79.

Duling said she was happy to come away with two wins.

"I was definitely happy with the two," she said. "I wish I could've had all four. Looking back at the 200, I wish I could've gave it more effort and pulled it off. Alicia's a great runner and it's fun to run against such good competition. She just has great drive at the end. My coach and I thought she would turn it on during the backstretch, and she did. I focused hard on running the backstretch hard, too, but she just kept pushing and I died out in that last stretch."

Both Brown and Duling are juniors and there's a likely chance they'll meet against next year at state.

In the 100 dash and 100 hurdles, Duling said "I was focused on getting a good start in those. In the hurdles, I just wanted to get past that first one and continue with good form. In the 100 dash, I was going off my adrenaline from the hurdles. I felt I was going to win it going in."

Duling was named the Class A girls' most outstanding performer for her work.

"Winning that award meant a lot," she said. "After putting in so much hard work during the offseason and being healthy this year, it was great to end the season on a high note."

In the 200, Winner's Shalena Meyer took third with a 26.42.

In the girls' team race, Gregory took fifth place with 36 points, Winner was sixth with 33, McCook Central was eighth with 26.5 and Parkston was ninth with 23.5. St. Thomas More won the girls' title with 76 points.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Parkston's Danielle McCann took fifth (48.32), Chamberlain's Jackie Willard was seventh (48.66) and Kemnitz was eighth (50.50).

In relays, Winner took third in the 4x100 (51.86), fourth in the 4x200 (1:49.16), eighth in the 4x800 (4:13.79) and seventh in the sprint medley (4:41.73). Parkston took eighth in the 4x800 (4:21.48).

In the 1,600-meter run, Bon Homme's Tara Ronke took eighth (5:41.68). McCook Central's Lora Shearer took eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5-1.

On the boys' side in Class A, Winner's Chas DeMers ended his storied high-school career in style. DeMers repeated his titles in both the 100- and 200-meter dash races. In the 100, DeMers, who is headed to the University of Wisconsin next year on a track scholarship, had a time of 10.92 and in the 200 he ran a 21.82 to win.

"I came in ranked No. 1 in both the 100 and 200 and I felt pretty good about winning," DeMers said. "I just wanted to put an exclamation point on my career."

DeMers battled a left hamstring injury most of the spring but said it felt good on the track this weekend. DeMers hurt the hamstring at the Dan Lennon Relays in late March.

"It finally got healthy," he said. "I was down on myself for a while because of that."

Nevertheless, now DeMers can look forward to college track.

"I'll definitely have to get used to losing," DeMers joked. "The competition is going to be so much harder. I think I'll most likely run the 200 and 400 and maybe some relays."

Lyman's Matt Nissen finished in fourth in the 100 (11.21), Howard's Jared Mengenhausen was fifth (11.26) and Parkston's Luke Leischner was sixth (11.39). In the 200, Leischner was sixth (22.89) and Mengenhausen was seventh (22.92).

DeMers also ran in the 400-meter dash at state, but failed to qualify for the finals.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Chamberlain's Brandon Priebe took second (39.49), Platte's Jordan Johnson was fourth (41.32) and Gregory's Nate Stukel was seventh (43.35). In the 400-meter run, Leischner took third (50.46) and McCook's Zach Blindert was seventh (52.78). Lyman's Zane Abrahamsen took fourth in the high jump with a 6-4. Wagner's Austin Schroeder took seventh in the pole vault with an 11-0. In relays, Howard took sixth in the 4x400 with a 1:33.84.

Class AA

The Mitchell High boys' track team finished in 15th place in the Class AA standings with 12 points and the MHS girls' team was 16th with six points.

On the boys' side, the 4x400 four-some of Cody Christopherson, Tyler Hill, Brady Zimmerman and Chase Olson took fourth with a time of 3:33.33.

Olson, a senior, took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. Olson ran a 15.42 in the 110 and a 41.38 in the 300. Pierre's Matt Teztlaff won the 110 with a 14.43 and won the 300 with a 38.82.

On the girls' side for the Kernels, Caitlin Way took seventh in the discus with a throw of 121-10. Rapid City Stevens' Brooke Garner won with a toss of 143-8.

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