The Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance teams placed second in their respective competitions during the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

In cheer, only Brandon Valley's score of 255 was better than the Kernels' 221 points in a field of 15 teams. Dell Rapids St. Mary's 198 points were good for third, with Pierre (196.5) and Deubrook (190) rounding out the top five placings.

Other area schools in the cheer competition were Platte-Geddes (179), Wagner (178.5), Bon Homme (178.5), Parkston (175), Winner (173.5), Gregory (161.5) and Lyman (153.5).

Members of the Mitchell competitive cheer team perform during the Mitchell High School Competitive Spirit Invitational on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Members of the Mitchell competitive cheer team perform during the Mitchell High School Competitive Spirit Invitational on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

In dance, Mitchell's 251 points was the top hip-hop score, as the Kernels added the third-best pom score (244.5). The Kernels' overall score of 247.75 was second to Yankton's 268.75 points in a field of eight teams.

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Yankton posted the top marks in jazz (279) and pom (258.5). Aberdeen Central (235.75), Pierre (234.75) and Huron (233.25) were the other top-five finishers in the dance competition, with area teams Winner (226.25), Platte-Geddes (221.25) and Gregory (201.75) also posting scores.

Both Mitchell teams will be in action again at the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet on Oct. 14 in Watertown.