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Crago qualifies for 400 finals, Kernels have strong day

Mitchell's Kyla Crago starts the girls 400-meter dash during the 93rd Dakota Relays on Friday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

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."

In the girls 400-meter prelims, Kyla Crago took second in her heat, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 0.27 seconds. She claimed the eighth and final spot for the 400 finals, edging Century's (Bismarck, N. D.) Hannah Dschaak by one tenth of a second (1:00.37). Todd County's Caelyn Valandra-Prue had the top 400 time on Friday with a 58.29. Today's final 400 race is set for 4:35 p.m. today in Sioux Falls.

"She advanced and she did what she had to do to get to another race," Shepardson said. "(Today's) race will be faster which will help her run faster. Just being in the fastest race is a great experience and allows her to compete at a high level."

Also competing at the Dakota Relays, Caitlin Ostbye recorded a personal-best in the 100 with a time of 13.26. She placed third in her prelim heat.

Across town at the O'Gorman Invite, Mitchell had three boys pole vaults place. Sutton Carpenter took second with leap of 13-3, while Sam Jones placed third (12-9) and Kiel Nelson cleared 12-3 to take sixth. All three pole vaults have provisionally qualified for the state meet.

"They kind of got over the hump and hopefully they can carry that into (today) and stay up at the height," Shepardson said.

The Dakota Relays pole vault begins at 9 a.m. today in Sioux Falls.

Jarod Uher took second in the boys 800 run and recorded a personal record by more than three seconds with a time of 2:03.7.

"He's been working his tail off. It's good to see him get some results for his hard work," Shepardson said.

Teammate Jacob Jarding finished in fourth place with a time of 2:07.96 and Tate Larson placed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.65.

Carly Haring, who competed in the triple jump on Friday, will look to win the girls high jump today at 9 a.m. in Sioux Falls. Shepardson said he hopes Haring and the rest of the Kernels can have another successful day today.

"We are anxious to see what our relays can do," Shepardson said. "It'll be a beautiful day so we'll hopefully run some fast times."