State track roundup: Area athletes fill up podium in races, field events

Hanson's Colton Dillon throws the shot put during the Class A state track and field meet on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

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.

Mitchell senior Carter Moller earned fifth place in the boys high jump, with a top jump of 6 feet, 2 inches. Spearfish’s Brayden Delahoyde won the event with a jump of 6-foot-7.

Joseph Haddon had a strong performance for the Kernels, taking sixth place in the Class AA triple jump with a top mark of 42 feet, 0.25 inches. Aberdeen Central’s Sam Rohlfs completed the long/triple jump double with a victory at 46 feet, 9.75 inches.

Combined with Treyson Schulz’s seventh-place finish in the long jump on Friday, Mitchell’s nine boys team points have all come through jumping events. It ranks 13th after two days at the Class AA meet.

Mitchell will be in the 4x200-meter girls relay on Saturday after a strong showing from Brooke Bartscher, Lainee Forst, Claire Hegg and Lizzie Tyler on Friday. Their time of 1:46.50 was fifth-best in the Class AA prelims and second-best in their race section. The Kernels were seeded eighth entering the meet and will run at 10:25 a.m. on Saturday. Brandon Valley had the fastest time in the prelims in 1:44.18.


Tyler will also run in the Class AA 400-meter final after a 59.67-second time in the preliminary round. Her personal-best time was seventh-fastest among the three heats on Friday.

Bryce Palmer narrowly missed out on making the Class AA 300-meter finals, edged by 0.11 seconds for the final spot in Saturday’s eight-person field. The Kernel junior ran 41.29 seconds, which was a season-best time.

Mitchell’s Taylor Haring brought the Kernels’ debut season with the javelin to a strong end with a throw of 100 feet, 8 inches. Harrisburg’s Kaitlyn Disbrow won the inaugural girls event in Class AA at 124 feet, 5 inches.

Brooke Bartscher was 13th in the Class AA girls 200-meter preliminary rounds, running a time of 27.28 seconds, while Carter Moller was 14th in the boys 200 (23.37).

In the field

  • In the Class B girls discus, Delanie VanDriel finished in second place (122-5), just 8 inches behind winner Lanie Blair, of Kadoka Area (123-1). Howard’s Rylee Rudebusch was fifth (117-3), Menno’s Raygen Diede was sixth (114-9) and Burke’s Paige Bull was seventh (113-0). 
  • Zach Eklund, of Gregory, had a third-place finish in the Class B boys long jump at 20 feet, 7 inches. Chester Area’s Ryan Benson won in 21-9.75. Burke’s Ben Witt earned seventh (19-9). 
  • Hanson’s Colton Dillon was third in the Class A boys shot put (50-2.75), an event won by Tri-Valley’s Connor Christensen (53-11.25). Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Ryan Chapman closed his high school career with a seventh-place finish after a throw of 46 feet, 11.75 inches. 
  • In the Class A triple jump, Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Jordan Stoltz and Hanson’s Noah Price each had top-four finishes. Both jumped 41-9.75, but Stoltz had the jumps tiebreaker to take third and Price was fourth. Milbank’s Bennett Schwenn won the event for a third time with a jump of 45 feet, 11.75 inches. 
  • Clara Fink, of MVP, and Aubyn Schmidt, of McCook Central/Montrose, each landed on the Class A podium following the discus throw, won by Custer’s Kellyn Kortemeyer (165-11, which is a new state record). Fink (116-8) took seventh and Schmidt (115-2) took eighth. 
  • In the Class A pole vault, Wagner’s Alcista Dion got on the medal stand with an eighth-place finish at 9 feet. Dakota Valley’s Sophia Atchison won the event at 11 feet. 

On the podium

  • In the Class B girls 3,200-meter run, Burke’s Kailee Frank took second place, with the freshman running a time of 11:40.37. Kimball/White Lake’s Autumn Baker was fourth in a time of 11:52.99, followed by Freeman Academy/Marion’s Jada Koerner (12:08.09) and KWL’s Lilly Baker (12:08.11) taking fifth and sixth, respectively. Northwestern’s Ella Boekelheide was the winner in a time of 11:33.48. Chamberlain’s Kinsey Evans was seventh in the Class A two-mile race (11:31.11), which was won by defending state champion Jade Ecoffey of Red Cloud (11:09.26). 
  • In the boys two-mile race, which was won by Bison’s Lane Krautschun in 9:57.18, Canistota’s Josiah Schroeder was second (10:01.33) and FAM’s Tavin Schroeder was third in a time of 10:07.98. Colome’s Joseph Laprath got on the medal stand with a sixth-place finish (10:18.43). 
  • Chamberlain’s Dom Santiago, a senior, took third place in the Class A boys 3,200-meter race (9:51.12), while Belle Fourche’s Sawyer Clarkson was the champion and gold-medal performer for the meet in a Class A record time of 9:24.35. Ethan/Parkston’s Evan Bartelt was eighth (10:01.07).
  • Dawson Miller had a second-place finish for Kimball/White Lake in the Class B boys 800-meter run, finishing in 2:02.01, behind winner Kaleb Foltz, of Tri-State (1:59.73). Ben Witt, of Burke, was third (2:02.14), with FAM’s Thalen Schroeder fourth (2:02.84) and Menno’s Kadeyn Ulmer in seventh (2:04.53). 
  • In the boys Class A 800, Kade Watson was third for Winner (1:58.65). Sioux Falls Christian’s Isaac Davelaar was first in 1:55.88. 
  • In the Class B 800-meter run, won by Colman-Egan’s Reese Luze in 2:19.22, Freeman Academy/Marion’s Estelle Waltner was seventh with a time of 2:25.05, while Jada Koerner was eighth (2:27.12). 

Building to Saturday

Here’s a look at the key preliminary performances from Friday involving area athletes:

  • In the Class B 4x200-meter girls relay prelims, Platte-Geddes’ team of Chloe Stluka, Regan Hoffman, Baleigh Nachtigal, Briana DeGroot had the fastest time on Friday of 1:50.37. Burke’s team was third in 1:51.68.
  • Freeman seventh-grader Rylee Peters had the fastest time in the Class B girls 100-meter hurdles preliminary round, winning in a time of 15.95. Lyman’s Skyler Volmer (16.02) and Burke’s Piper Hanson (16.17) each won their heats. Mackenzie Hemmer, of Colman-Egan, the top seed entering the meet, was second overall in a time of 16.00 seconds. Menno’s Ashton Massey also qualified for the finals (16.49), going eighth fastest. In Class A, McCook Central/Montrose’s Brandy Pulse was among the 100-meter hurdles qualifiers to the finals (16.30). 
  • Pulse has the fastest time by more than a second heading to the Class A 300 hurdles with a time of 46.21 seconds. Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Reagan Rus also qualified for the 300 finals. In the girls Class B 300 hurdles preliminaries, Peters, Massey and Hanson all qualified for the finals, with Peters running third-fastest at 48.98 seconds. 
  • In the Class B boys 110-meter hurdles prelims, Burke’s Taron Serr won his heat in a time of 16.37 to qualify for Saturday’s finals. Freeman’s Dawson Munkvold (16.22) and Corsica-Stickney’s Cole Feenstra (16.40) also qualified. Chester Area’s Ryan Benson had the fastest time (15.05 seconds). 
  • At the Class A 110-meter hurdles prelims, Reece Risseeuw and Reed Rus, both of Mount Vernon/Plankinton, qualified for the finals. Risseeuw was second-fastest overall (15.26), while Rus was fourth overall at 15.29. Winner’s Aaron Monk won his heat to be third fastest (15.27), with Tri-Valley’s Michael Beyer leading all hurdlers (15.21). Monk also had the fifth-best time in the Class A 300 hurdles prelims, where Sioux Falls Christian’s Josiah Adams led all runners (40.73). 
  • Corsica-Stickney’s Shad Bosma is in the Class B boys 300 hurdles finals after going fifth-fastest on Friday in a time of 43.44 seconds. Chester Area’s Ryan Benson had Friday’s leading time at 42.02. 
  • Howard’s Melanie Calmus was second-fastest in the Class B girls 200-meter prelims in 26.37, behind only Daniela Lee, of Colman-Egan (26.23). Calmus was third overall in the 400-meter prelims, finishing in 59.49 seconds. Irene-Wakonda’s Emma Marshall was the top finisher Friday in 59.03. 
  • Chase Varilek, of Platte-Geddes, will run in the Class B boys 400-meter finals after a run of 52.39 seconds was seventh-fastest in the preliminaries. Chester Area’s Jovi Wolf has the top time going into the finals at 50.19. 
  • Varilek and Kade Stukel, of Gregory, will both be in the Class B 200-meter finals. Stukel had the fourth-fastest time and won his heat in 23.39 seconds, while Varilek was seventh in 23.51. Wolf is the leader in that event at 22.48 seconds. In Class A, Bon Homme’s Isaac Crownover reached the finals in a time of 23.26 seconds, which ranks seventh after prelims.
Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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