Carter Moller, Lizzie Tyler show up strong for Mitchell at the ESD Conference Meet

Carter Moller won the boys high jump championship while Tyler reached the podium four times on Saturday

Pictured here is the track at Joe Quintal Stadium in Mitchell.
Lizzie Tyler anchors Mitchell to third in the girls' 800-meter relay at the Eastern South Dakota Conference Track and Field Championships, Saturday at Yankton's Williams Field.
Mitchell Republic file photo

YANKTON, S.D. — The Eastern South Dakota Conference boys high jump champion is a Mitchell Kernel for the second straight year.

In 2021, it was Ryley Johansen capturing the conference crown with a mark of 6 feet, 3 inches. This year, it was Mitchell’s Carter Moller claiming the ESD boys high jump championship with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches on Saturday in Yankton.

No other school competing had a jumper clear 6 feet, while Mitchell had three. Lincoln Bates and Malachi Branch followed Moller, placing second and third respectively with matching marks of 6 feet.

The Kernels boys found the most success in the field events, with Joseph Haddon placing second in the triple jump with a mark of 42 feet, 8 ½ inches while Treyson Schulz placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Mitchell’s boys finished seventh with 49 team points while the girls finished eighth with 38 total points. Brandon Valley swept the team championships, with the girls team finishing with 191.33 points and the boys team scoring 157.5 points.


The Kernels’ Lizzie Tyler reached the podium four times throughout the day, placing fifth in the 400-meter run (1:00.51) and eighth in the 100-meter run (13.01 seconds) while combining with Brooke Bartscher, Lainee Forst and Claire Hegg to place third in the 4x200-meter relay (1:47.61), while Tyler, Forst, Bartscher and Carsyn Weich also placed third in the 4x400-meter relay (4:10.39).

Mitchell’s girls had the most success in the relays, as Hegg, Bartscher, Forst and Keyana Kelley also placed fifth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 51.60 seconds. Hegg, Weich, Forst and Adelyn Prunty placed sixth in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:37.54, while Prunty, Weich, Madeline Vogel and Emerson Smith with a time of 10:56.09.

Sidney Malde also made the podium in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing seventh with a time of 16.56 seconds. In the field events, Halle Harring placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches.

The Kernels boys relay teams also found success. Moller, Lukas Bennett, Nathan McCormick and Bryce Palmer placed fifth in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:33.99, while McCormick, Palmer, Moller and Jagger Tyler also placed fight in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.19.

Palmer also found his way to the podium after placing eighth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.37 seconds.

Mitchell will be back in action next week on Thursday, May 19 at the Mark Wendelgass Relays in Huron, S.D.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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