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Every photo and every story from the 2022 state track and field meet in Sioux Falls

Be sure to check out what you might've missed from this year's event.

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Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Rizon Clark flies through the air on his first attempt at the Class A boys triple jump at the SDHSAA Track and Field State Championship on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic
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SIOUX FALLS — This year's state track and field meet saw the best of South Dakota's athletes converge on Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls for three days of competition.

It was a lot to keep up with, but we've got you covered.

Here's every story and every photo the Mitchell Republic staff put together:

Thursday: SC/W's Boschee takes high jump title

The state track and field meet kicked off after Thursday afternoon, consisting of mostly prelim competition with some final events mixed in.

On the track, the meet began with 3,200-meter relay finals, followed by prelims for the 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay, sprint medley relays.

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In the field, athletes competed in the AA girls and boys long jump, AA girls and B boys pole vault, AA and B girls shot put, A boys and B girls high jump, AA and A boys discus and A girls and B boys triple jump.

Jeff Boschee, a sophomore track athlete for Sanborn Central/Woonsocket, capped off a season's worth of high jump improvement at the state meet, taking home a first-place medal with a 6 foot, 3 inch jump — significantly higher from his freshman year high of 5-foot-6.

In the Class B boys 4x800-meter relays, Freeman Academy/Marion and Burke finished first and second, respectively, while Berkeley Engelland finished second in the Class A girls 100-meter dash.

Check out our other coverage, as well as a photo gallery from Thursday's events, below.

State track and field got underway Thursday in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS — Mitchell’s season of successful jumping continued Friday with a pair of podium performances in the field events at the Class AA state track and field meet at Howard Wood Field.

Photos by Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic

Friday: Wagner's Koupal out-jumps all girls across all classes

A much longer day, Friday's competition kicked off at 9 a.m. and ran for nearly 11 hours.

In the field, Ashlyn Koupal earned her second-straight state title in Class A girls high jump, clearing a 5-foot-7 bar. The Wagner athlete's jump closed out her eighth-grade season with a personal record. Meanwhile, across the complex, Avon's Courtney Sees redeemed a 2021 second-place finish by taking the Class B girls long jump title with a jump of 16 feet and 10.75 inches.

On the track, Burke's Kailee Frank began the day with a second-place finish in the Class B girls 3,200-meter run, while Canistota's Josiah Schroeder placed the same on the boys side. Engelland placed first in the Class A girls 800-meter run while Kimball/White Lake's Dawson Miller placed the same in the boys run.

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O'Gorman's Alea Hardie inscribed her name in the record books tallying two separate records Friday, while Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Berkeley Engelland added one record for the day. Hardie and Engelland's records were part of a dozen meet records set Friday.

Check out our other coverage, as well as a photo gallery from Friday's events, below.

Coverage from Friday's events...
Engelland broke the Class A girls 800-meter race record at the Class A track and field state meet on Friday at Howard Wood Field.
A dozen records were broken between the meet's first two days of action, with half-a-dozen more broken Saturday.
After taking second a season ago, Sees brought home top honors
A new personal best helped the Red Raiders' eighth-grader earn the title
Black Panthers' thrower completes a successful May with Class A throwing title
SIOUX FALLS — Mitchell’s season of successful jumping continued Friday with a pair of podium performances in the field events at the Class AA state track and field meet at Howard Wood Field.

Photos by Hunter Dunteman and Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

Saturday: MV/P’s Engelland named Class A girls track MVP

With two meet records, two finishes in first, one in second and one in third, attendees and officials couldn't stop talking about Berkeley Engelland, leading to her being named the Class A girls track MVP of the weekend.

“I’m not really sure how I’ve been able to do this, but I’ve been keeping a positive attitude and remembering to keep going because now that the meet is over, I can rest,” Engelland said. “I wanted to come out running hard every time and just put the thought behind me that I might be tired and just settle in.”

Winner's Aaron Monk was a winner Saturday, taking home a state title in the Class A boys 110-meter hurdles. With a time of 15.08 seconds, a personal record for Monk, the Winner senior slipped past Tri-Valley's Michael Beyer by eight-hundredths of a second. Monk's first-place finish capped off a redemption tour sought after since a third-place finish at the state meet in 2021.

Check out our other coverage, as well as a photo gallery from Saturday's events, below.

The three-day state track and field meet concluded Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls and multiple area athletes earned state titles in their respective class as well as MVP honors and Gold Medal Award recognitions.

Photos by Hunter Dunteman and Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

Related Topics: TRACK AND FIELD
Dunteman covers general and breaking news as well as crime in the Mitchell Republic's 17-county coverage area. He grew up in Harrisburg, and has lived in South Dakota for over 20 years. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 after earning his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He can be reached at HDunteman@MitchellRepublic.com, or on Twitter @HRDunt.
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