Denaesia Aldridge, Treyson Schulz triple jump crowns highlight Kernels efforts at Corn Palace Relays

Mount Vernon/Plankinton and Ethan/Parkston also had event winners in the 10-team event

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Mitchell's Denaesia Aldridge carries the baton in the girls sprint medley relay during the Corn Palace Relays track meet on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL — Mitchell High School athletes put forth a strong showing with a plethora of top-three place finishers during the Corn Palace Relays at Joe Quintal Field on Monday.

Ten teams were in attendance for the rescheduled meet, with Mitchell hosting Aberdeen Central, Ethan/Parkston, Faulkton Area, Huron, Kimball/White Lake, Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Sioux Falls Christian, Winner and Yankton.

Mitchell's Treyson Schulz leaps during the boys triple jump at the Corn Palace Relays on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Joe Quintal Field.
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On the boys side, Treyson Schulz won the long jump (21 feet, 1 inch) and triple jump (42-1) for Mitchell. Also in the long jump, Mitchell’s Nathan McCormick took third with a leap of 19 feet, 4 inches.

Bryce Palmer notched the remaining first-place finish for the Kernels, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 41.79 seconds. MVP’s Reed Rus (43.09) was third, one of four top-four placements for Rus on the afternoon.

Mitchell's Bryce Palmer, right, and Yankton's Cody Oswald, left, clear one of the final hurdles during the boys 300-meter hurdles at the Corn Palace Relays on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Joe Quintal Field.
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The Kernels also had two runner-ups in field events, as August Anderson was second in the discus at 122 feet, 2 inches, and Thadan Milliken-Auch tied for second in the javelin (128-11). Also in the discus, MVP’s Daniel Lauffman (121-4) and Winner’s Shawn Hammerbeck (120-9) were third and fourth.


Mitchell's traditional outdoor high school track meet took place on Monday after a Saturday postponement due to weather.

Hammerbeck won the shot put at 44 feet, 9 inches, while Rus (41-1.5) was fourth and Mitchell’s Carson Jennings (40-4) was sixth.

On the track, Mitchell’s Lukas Bennett came in fourth at 100 meters in 11.67 seconds, and McCormick took third at 400 meters in 52.58 seconds.

In the 800 meters, Karson Keiser, of Winner, was the top area finisher in 2 minutes, 7.46 seconds, checking in ahead of KWL’s Dawson Miller (2:11.56) in fifth and Mitchell’s Grayson Hetland (2:14.83) in seventh.

At 1,600 meters, MVP’s Chris Mayer (4:54.47) and Mitchell’s Hunter Patton (4:56.05) were fifth and sixth. Patton was also fifth at 3,200 meters (10:57.10), as E/P’s Evan Barlet won in 10:23.88.

In the 110-meter hurdles, MVP’s Rus (15.63) claimed second, while Mitchell’s Connor Singrey (17.57) was fourth.

Rus also won the high jump at 5 feet, 9 inches, while KWL’s Porter Miller also cleared 5-9 and took second. Luke LeBrun, of Mitchell, tied for eighth at 5 foot, 3 inches.

In pole vault, Carter Harris was the Kernels’ top finisher, placing third with a height of 11 feet. MVP’s Kyle Sandland was sixth at 9 feet.

On the girls side, Denaesia Aldridge was Mitchell’s lone event winner, finishing atop the triple jump standings at 31 feet, 2.5 inches, just ahead of fellow Kernels Emily Moody for second (31-2) and Audrey Miller (31-0.5) in third.


Mitchell’s Lizzie Tyler (13.20 seconds) and Brooke Bartscher (13.34) took second and third, respectively in the 100 meters, as MVP’s Berkeley Engelland won the event in 12.76 seconds. Engelland also won the 200 meters (26.13) and 800 meters (2:10.78).

Mitchell’s top finisher in the 200 meters was Addie Siemsen (28.86), who was eighth, with Kaitlyn Priebe (27.91), of Kimball/White Lake, another top area finisher checking in at sixth. In the 800 meters, Carsyn Weich (2:27.20) came in third for the Kernels.

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Mitchell's Carter Harris competes in the pole vault during the Corn Palace Relays track meet on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
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In the 400 meters, Mitchell was paced by Tyler (1:01.50), the fourth-place finisher, who crossed just behind Winner’s Keelie Kuil (1:01.16), the top area finisher in third.

Ethan/Parkston’s Ella Pollreisz finished her 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 34.86 seconds, to take fourth as the top area athlete behind two runners from Sioux Falls Christian and one from Yankton. SFC checked in the top four times at 3,200 meters, as KWL’s Lily Baker (12:51.52) and Alli McCord (13:16.61) posted the best finishes among area athletes at sixth and seventh, respectively. Mitchell did not have a placewinner in either distance race.

MVP’s Reagan Rus claimed the top spot in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.59) and 300-meter hurdles (46.93). In the 100, Mitchell’s Keyana Kelley (17.20) and Sidney Malde (17.32) checked in at fifth and sixth, respectively, while in the 300, Malde (50.39) was fifth.

Sioux Falls Christian swept all five girls relay races, and Mitchell was second in those races three times. In the 4x100, Keyana Kelley, Ava Brannan, Addie Siemsen and Brooke Bartscher finished in 51.54 seconds, behind the Chargers’ winning time of 50.37. In the 4x200, Lizzie Tyler, Carsyn Weich, Mia Mullenmeister and Brooke Bartscher finished in 1:49.49, and Bartscher, Weich, Mullenmeister and Tyler took second in the 4x400 in a time of 4:15.90.

In the high jump, the Mitchell pair of Aspen Evers and Emerson Smith both cleared 4 feet, 9 inches, to tie for fourth place, as MVP’s Makenzie Hetland also posted a 4-9 mark but tied for second place on attempts.

Mitchell’s Keyana Kelley lands in the sand pit during the girls long jump at the Corn Palace Relays on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Joe Quintal Field.
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Mitchell’s Keyana Kelley claimed third in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 7 inches, as the leader of five Kernels to place in the top eight.


Lilly Young posted a pair of top-three finishes in throwing events for the Kernels, taking second in the discus at 98 feet, 7 inches, and third in the shot put at 33 feet. In both events, MVP’s Clara Fink topped the standings, finishing with throws of 108 feet, 1 inch, in the discus and 38 feet, 4 inches, in the shot put. Additionally, Winner’s Jenaya Schrader (95-8) rounded out the top three placements in discus.

Mitchell’s Breanna Kirsch had a javelin throw of 92 feet, 1 inch, and Mitchell’s Aubrey Gelderman cleared 8 feet in the pole vault, as both came in third in their respective events.

Mitchell Lilly Young competes in the girls shot put during the Corn Palace Relays on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Joe Quintal Field.
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