Burke girls, Gregory boys prevail at Region 6B meet
Region champions crowned at Platte
PLATTE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Region 6B track and field meet on Thursday, May 19 was dominated by area schools and athletes.
Burke’s girls took home a resounding victory, racking up 208 points, outscoring the second-place finishers, Kimball/White Lake, by over 75 points. Meanwhile, Gregory took home the victory on the boys side, finishing with 147.5 points to edge out Platte-Geddes in second place with 136 points.
Gregory was led by Kade Stukel on the boys side, as the junior finished atop the podium in both the 100-meter (11.40 seconds) and the 200-meter run (23.05 seconds).
In the field events, Daniel Mitchell made his presence known with his resounding victory in the high jump, putting up the second-best mark in all of South Dakota this season with a jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, his best jump of the year. Meanwhile, Zach Eklund took home victories in both the long jump (21 feet, 11 ¾ inches) and the triple jump (41 feet, 8 inches), both personal bests.
Burke’s Ben Witt took home multiple victories as well, winning the 400-meter run (53.35 seconds) while combining with Gentry Bartling, Nick Nelson and Sawyer Tietgen to win the 4x400-meter relay (3:51.42) as well as Reed Benter, Nick Nelson and Bryce Frank to win the 4x800-meter run (8:44.37).
On the girls side, Burke’s Piper Hanson led the way, sweeping the hurdles with a time of 16.61 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and a time of 50.84 seconds in the 200-meter hurdles.
Platte-Geddes was led by Briana DeGroot, taking home wins in both the 100-meter (12.88 seconds) and the 200-meter runs (27.86 seconds). Gregory’s Emma Thomas also had multiple wins, with victories in both the 800-meter (2:35.25) and the 1600-meter runs (5:34.31).
The relays were dominated by Kimball/White Lake, with Kaitlyn Priebe, Ryann Grussing, Rylee McCord and Dani Deffenbaugh winning the 4x100-meter relay (53.41 seconds), Priebe, Grussing, Deffenbaugh and Christine Gaulke winning the 4x200-meter relay (1:51.15), and Gaulke, Grussing, Priebe and Deffenbaugh winning the 4x400-meter relay (4:39.75).
Gaulke also combined with Josie McCord, Lily Baker and Autumn Baker to win the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 10:38.03, while Priebe, Grussing, Deffenbaugh and Gaulke combined to win the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:43.27.