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DEAL: Hanson’s finish harkens back to other memorable finishes

It’s rare team championships come down to a single point, but that’s exactly what happened at the state track and field meet. The Hanson boys track and field team edged Viborg-Hurley by one point for the Class B state championship, 79-78.

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Hanson's Noah Price competes in the long jump at the Class B state track and field meet on Saturday in Rapid City. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

RAPID CITY -- Track and field often comes down to mere inches and or hundredths of a second. It’s common to see first and second place separated by a few inches here or there.

It’s rare team championships come down to a single point, but that’s exactly what happened at the state track and field meet. The Hanson boys track and field team edged Viborg-Hurley by one point for the Class B state championship, 79-78.

GALLERY: Action from the Class B state track and field meet in Rapid City

The two Cornbelt Conference foes duked it out all season long. Hanson won the conference meet by racking up 216.5 points, while Viborg-Hurley posted 110.5.

They were nip and tuck on Saturday as they exchanged the lead for a memorable finish. Hanson built a 69-56 lead over the Cougars entering the 200-meter run. Viborg-Hurley racked up 22 points behind Angel Johnson (first), Chase Mason (second) and Carter Gust (fifth) in the event. Hanson failed to score a point in the event, giving Viborg-Hurley its 78-69 advantage entering the 4x400-meter relay.

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The Hanson boys track and field team won the Class B state track and field championship on Saturday. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

Hanson’s quartet of Noah Price, Sutton Dewald, Luke Haiar and Thailan Hallman won the relay in 3-minutes and 30.36 seconds. Viborg-Hurley, which needed one point to tie and two to win it, finished ninth in 3:39.86. The Cougars finished just a mere hundredths of a second behind eighth-place Deubrook Area (3:39.51) and seventh-place Howard (3:39.17).

It was enough to propel Hanson to its first state boys track and field championship since 2006. Hanson is just the third Class B boys team since 2013 to earn the state title with 70 or more points. Viborg-Hurley won the 2019 state title with 76 points and Herreid-Selby Area recorded 71 points in 2013.

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The Beavers received a host of contributions and their depth was evident all weekend in Rapid City. Hayden Bahmuller, who was named the Class B’s most outstanding field athlete, won the discus and finished second in the shot put. Price (long jump), Haiar (long jump) and Colton Dillon (shot put) exceeded expectations and placed in their respective events. Price also placed fourth in the triple jump.

Hallman amassed 18 points in the 800-meter run and 400-meter dash. He captured the 800-meter run with a school-record time of 1:57.89. It was also the Gold Medal Award, which is presented to the best “finals” performance from all athletes in an event, regardless of class.

He also finished second in the 400-meter dash and broke his own school record in the event.

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Hanson's Thailan Hallman competes in the 800-meter run at the Class B state track and field meet Saturday in Rapid City. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The Beavers placed in three relays, including the 4x400-meter relay to cement the championship. The dramatic finish, which drew “oohs” and “ahhs” from the O’Harra Stadium crowd, will be remembered by track and field pundits and Hanson fans for some time.

It can also be added to the list of recent memorable team finishes. Here’s a look at other narrow team finishes in recent memory:

  • In 2017, St. Thomas More and Madison tied for the Class A girls title with 64 points. Custer (62) was nipping at their heels. In the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, St. Thomas More was disqualified and Madison won to earn a share of the team championship.

  • In 2014, Parker topped Herreid-Selby Area (58-57) for the Class B boys title. The Pheasants were propelled by a pair of winning relays and then-sophomore Zack Anderson, who recently qualified for his third NCAA Division I meet in the high jump for the University of South Dakota.

  • In 2008, Scotland nipped Langford Area for the Class B boys title by a half point, 46-45.5. Sunshine Bible Academy (44) and Great Plains Lutheran (43.5) joined the fun to make it a four-team sprint to the finish. Scotland’s Mark Sayler, who was named Class B’s most outstanding male track athlete, won the 100-meter dash and finished third in the 200-meter dash.

  • In 2005, Bonesteel-Fairfax topped Bridgewater-Emery (43-42) for the Class B girls title. James Valley Christian (41) and Campbell County (40) were not far off the pace. Bonesteel-Fairfax’s Valerie Warnke powered the title by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. She added a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash.

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