Lizzie Tyler's victory helps Kernels kick off track season indoors at Dan Lennon meet

The Mitchell High School track and field team showed well in its season-opening meet on Monday at the Dan Lennon Class A track and field meet at the DakotaDome.

Mitchell's Lizzie Tyler runs through the finish line of the Class AA girls 4x200-meter relays at the state track meet at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
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VERMILLION — The Mitchell High School track and field team showed well in its season-opening meet on Monday at the Dan Lennon Class A track and field meet at the DakotaDome.

Among the winners, Lizzie Tyler won the girls 400-meter dash for Mitchell in a time of 1:02.09. In the girls triple jump, freshman Audrey Miller finished in fifth place with a top jump of 30 feet. Sioux Falls Washington Nyariek Kur, who was the girls meet MVP, won the event with a jump of 35 feet, 10.5 inches.

In the 4x400 relay, Mitchell’s girls finished sixth, with the quartet of Brooke Bartscher, Madeline Vogel, Emerson Smith and Tyler finishing in a time of 4:30.87. The Kernels' Taylor DeJong had a strong finish in the girls shot put, finishing in seventh place (34 feet, 4.5 inches).

In the boys 400-meter dash, freshman Alex Padilla finished in second place in a time of 54.87 seconds, while teammate Abe Gunnare finished sixth (55.84 seconds). The Mitchell foursome of Padilla, Gunnare, Nathan McCormick and Bryce Palmer finished in a time of 3:41.49 in the 4x400 relay, just behind Lewis Central (Iowa) (3:39.99).

Lincoln Bates took third in the high jump for the Kernels with a 5-foot-11 mark, which was won by LeMars, Iowa’s Sione Fifita (6-3).


Kellan Odell earned a third-place finish in the boys triple jump (35 feet, 4.5 inches) in an event won by Sioux Falls Washington’s Daniel Agyneman (37 feet, 10.75 inches).

The Kernels’ Nathan McCormick took fourth place (19 feet, 9.5 inches) in the boys long jump and Treyson Schulz was sixth (19 feet, 5.5 inches). Carter Harris finished seventh in the boys pole vault with a leap of 10 feet, 6 inches.

Mitchell will hit the Eastern South Dakota Conference indoor meet on April 1 in Brookings before taking it outside for the remainder of the season.

Platte-Geddes was also in attendance at the meet. Lee Reiser finished second in the boys shot put (55 feet, 11 inches), finishing only behind Sioux Falls Washington’s Kael Miedema (60-3.25).

Briana DeGroot was sixth in the 60-meter dash (8.34 seconds) and Taylor Schrank finished in 10th place in the girls 800-meter run (2:45.22). Camden Dufrain finished tied for seventh place in the boys pole vault (10-6).

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