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MVP boys break Class A medley record

Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Kyle Glanzer, right, leads Vermillion's A.J. Plitzuweit during the 800 leg of the sprint medley relay on Saturday. (Ryan Deal / Republic)1 / 2
Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Savannah Risseeuw, center, won the 100 hurdles on Saturday at the state track and field meet. Canton's Dellaney Bonin, left, and West Central's Averi Schmeichel, right, are also pictured. (Ryan Deal / Republic)2 / 2

RAPID CITY -- The Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys sprint medley relay team pushed each other to become state champs and record breakers on Saturday.

The Titans won the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes and 35.68 seconds, which just nipped the previous Class A meet record set by Sioux Falls Christian (3:35.85) in 2016.

The winning Titan relay team consisted of Weston Tobin (200 meters), Jesse Hastings (200), Dane Rihanek (400) and Kyle Glanzer (800).

“We have gone through adversity and we pushed each other as hard as we can,” Hastings said. “Our 800 runner got third (Friday) -- running a two-flat. He tried telling us he would never break two-flat. He ran a 1:57 (split). It was awesome pushing each other and making each other better.”

The Titans ran the sprint medley at the Dakota Relays earlier this season, finishing third to Sioux Falls Christian and Sioux Falls O’Gorman. Hastings said that gave MVP confidence for the state meet.

“We knew what we needed to do and we worked toward it and we accomplished our goal,” Hastings said.

So did MVP’s Savannah Risseeuw. The junior won her first-ever state title in the 100 hurdles on Saturday. She clocked in at 14.86 seconds, which just topped West Central’s Averi Schmeichel (15.06).

“I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet that I did it,” Risseeuw said. “But it is exciting, for sure.”

Schmeichel was the defending champ in the event, but Risseeuw posted a better time in the prelims and that gave her confidence on Saturday.

“I just felt like I have worked for it and I felt good getting over them (the hurdles) when I was warming up,” Risseeuw said. “I was just excited.”

She also placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.87) on Saturday.