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Gregory's Voigt closes career with mile runner-up finish

Gregory's Aaron Voigt, right, runs the mile run on Saturday at the state track and field meet. Warner's Cody Larson (840) and Freeman Academy/Marion's Thaniel Schroeder, back, are pictured. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

RAPID CITY -- One day after winning the 3,200-meter run, Gregory’s Aaron Voigt finished second in the 1,600-meter run at the South Dakota State Track and Field Meet on Saturday.

The senior distance ace finished second to Bison’s Daniel Burkhalter, who covered the race in 4 minutes and 34.81 seconds. Voigt, who clocked in at 4:36.52, tipped his cap to Burkhalter after the race.

“He’s been injured most of the year and that last 800 meters he just really blew me out of the water,” Voigt said. “He still has a great kick, even after being injured.”

On Saturday, Voigt was still basking in the glory of winning the two-mile run. It was his first-ever state title.

“I have been running high school track for the past six years and to finally get a championship felt pretty awesome,” Voigt said.

In the two-mile, Voigt clocked in at 10:08.96, outlasting Warner’s Cody Larson (10:14.10) for the win. Voigt said he made his move with about 500 meters to go and passed up leader Freeman Academy/Marion’s Thaniel Schroeder, who finished third in 10:14.56.

“It was pretty crazy,” Voigt added. “To be running for so long and to finally have that feeling at the top of the podium ... it is pretty sweet.”