HURON-The Mitchell High School track and field teams notched a pair of fifth-place finishes at the Huron Invitational on Friday. The Kernel boys scored 51 points and the girls earned 50. Watertown claimed first on the boys side, while Aberdeen Central sat atop the girls team standings.
The meet was highlighted by a pair of Kernels entering the school's top-10 list. Caitlin Ostbye is now seventh all-time in 100 meters, with a time of 12.76 seconds. And Ryley Johansen is now in a three-way tie for sixth in program history in the high jump as he jumped 6 feet, 2 inches.
"It's very nice, but at the same time I think they'll keep getting better throughout the year," Mitchell coach Joe Shepardson said. "I think they'll definitely climb their way higher on the top 10."
Ostbye also placed second in 200 meters (27.43) and Johansen placed fourth in long jump (18-8.5).
For the girls, Carly Haring had another standout day. She won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches and claimed third in triple jump (32-0.25). But Aliyah Howard had one of the biggest surprise performances for the Kernels as she took fourth in the long jump (15-9.25).
"(Howard) had some really good jumps today, and we can keep getting her better," Shepardson said. "... It was our first meet outdoors and the first meet she was able to long jump this year. I think she's always had it in her, we just didn't have the opportunity to compete."
Hannah Sibson took eighth in 400 meters (1:06.86), as well. In relays, Mitchell took seventh in the 4x100 (55.22) and fifth in the 4x200 (1:54.97).
The Kernel boys found success in other field events, too. Sutton Carpenter (12-6) and Sam Jones (12-6) finished first and second, respectively in pole vault. Austin Jennings (108-11) placed seventh in discus.
On the track, Isaac Kitchens placed second in 110-meter hurdles (17.2 seconds) and fourth in 300-meter hurdles (45.04). Payton Olson also finished seventh in 200 meters in 23.73 seconds. The Kernels' only relay team to place came in the 4x200 as it crossed the line in 1:36.40 to take fourth.
"I was very happy with the way the kids competed," Shepardson said. "We had a lot of great performances."
The Kernels host the Mitchell triangular at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Joe Quintal Field.