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Canistota, B-E boys have top relays in Class B

The Canistota boys have already taken home hardware in both football and basketball this past year. Track and field is next on the list. Canistota won the Class 9B football title and finished seventh at the Class B state basketball tournament. Go...

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Bridgewater-Emery's Tyson Kayser lands in the pit during the long jump at the McCook County Relays on April 7 in Salem. Kayser is also a member of Bridgewater-Emery's medley relay team and the 1,600-meter relay team. (Justin Rust/Republic)

The Canistota boys have already taken home hardware in both football and basketball this past year.

Track and field is next on the list.

Canistota won the Class 9B football title and finished seventh at the Class B state basketball tournament.

Going into the Class B state track and field meet today and Saturday at Howard Wood Stadium in Sioux Falls, Canistota coach Pat Jolley thinks his team can come home with another trophy.

"There are a lot of good teams, but I think we will be in the conversation (for a title)," he said. "If we run to our potential, we will be in the hunt at the end of the day."

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Canistota has plenty of teams to compete with, according to Jolley. Philip won the state title last year with 61 points, and the Scotties could be in the mix for the title once again with last year's Class B outstanding performer Jeff O'Connell back. Jolley also mentioned Sully Buttes and Parker with Bridgewater-Emery as possible "sleeper" teams.

Bridgewater-Emery coach Dave Eich is hoping his team scores about somewhere in the area of the high 30s to 40 points at the state meet.

"If we are somewhere in that area, that should get you a plaque or trophy," he said. "It's going to take at least 40 points to win it. Canistota will be in the 40s and Philip will be there, but you never know who will be there at the end.

"It's the state meet, so anything is possible."

Canistota has a top-eight time in eight different events -- the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash; the 110- and 300-meter hurdles; and the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays.

Senior Sam Jolley has the top time in both the 110 and 300 hurdles and Canistota's 400 relay team holds the top time.

"We do have a number of kids entered in a variety of events," Pat Jolley said. "Usually, it takes a little luck and (you have to) catch a break here or there. I think there are four or five teams, and I think we are in that group."

Senior Tyson Kayser leads Bridgewater-Emery to the state meet. Kayser has the second-best triple jump and the third-best long jump coming into the state meet. He also is part of the Huskies' medley relay team, which has the top time, and the 1,600-meter relay team, which has the second fastest time.

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If the weather cooperates -- there is an 80 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service -- Eich said Kayser should be right at the top of the jumps.

"He has been consistent with the long jump at 21 (feet) and with the triple jump at 42 (feet)," he said. "He will be right there."

Bridgewater-Emery junior Colman Haiar has the second-best time for in the 110 hurdles.

Eich said Bridgewater-Emery is going to have to get some help to win the title.

"We've been pretty consistent with our running events all year," he said. "To win it, we would have to have some bad luck hit some other teams."

Menno's Tyler Handel has a chance to place in three different events. Handel has the top time in the 100 and the top height in the pole vault to go along with the third-best time in the 200.

Hanson's Pierce Smith has the top discus throw in Class B and Tyler Payer of Tripp-Delmont/Armour has the top mark in the long jump.

On the girls' side, Freeman and Freeman Academy could have a chance at placing at the state meet. Freeman Academy has six events with top-eight marks.

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Freeman Academy's Lillie Koerner has the top time in the 1,600-meter run and the Bobcats have the top time in the medley relay.

Freeman has five events with top-eight marks, led by its 3,200-meter relay team -- which has the top time.

Mindy Kraft of Wessington Springs has the top time in the 3,200-meter run.

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