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Kernels entering final meets of season

The Mitchell High School track and field teams are hitting the home stretch of the season. With seven meets complete, the Kernels have just four meets left before the Class AA state meet. Two of those final four meets will be held today in Sioux ...

The Mitchell High School track and field teams are hitting the home stretch of the season.

With seven meets complete, the Kernels have just four meets left before the Class AA state meet.

Two of those final four meets will be held today in Sioux Falls, as Mitchell will have competitors at both the 91st Howard Wood Dakota Relays and the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Invite. The O'Gorman Invite begins at 10 a.m., while the Dakota Relays start with high school running events at 2 p.m.

Mitchell head coach Joe Shepardson said his team is eager to compete at a meet without dealing with cold, windy, wet conditions.

"Hopefully, the weather is nice and in front of all those people, we can make the jump we've been looking for," Shepardson said. "There's always a great competition over there."

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According to the National Weather Service, today's forecast in Sioux Falls will be sunny, with a high near 86 and breezy with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with some gusts as high as 30 mph.

Shepardson has commended his team for competing at high levels, despite dealing with less than ideal conditions and he has high hopes for his team at the Dakota Relays.

"We're expecting big things from our girls relay teams," said Shepardson, who noted the Kernel girls medley team had recorded the third-best time in the state and the 4x400-meter relay team had the fourth-best time. The four-member team, consisting of Erin Farnham, Kaelyn Kaul, Kyla Crago and Kristin Pistulka, is expected to compete in the 4x200 along with the 4x400 and medley at the Dakota Relays.

"I know those girls are excited to run there," Shepardson said. "It's always fun to run in front of thousands of people."

Shepardson added he expects strong showings from senior thrower Kyle Weier in the shot put and discus, along with triple jumpers Kevin Holcombe, Miles Rolle and Connor Morgan.

Kernel pole vaulters Tevyn Waddell and Mason Carpenter will also compete against some of the state and region's top competition. Carpenter has the best pole-vaulting mark of the season in Class AA with a successful 14-6 attempt. Waddell has the state's second-best Class AA state qualifying mark, clearing 11 feet.

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