Burke girls, Gregory boys prevail at Region 6B meet

Region champions crowned at Platte

Action from the Region 6B track and field meet on Thursday, May 19, 2022 in Platte.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic
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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.

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