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Battling the elements: Kernels host triangular on cold, blustery day

Mitchell's Carly Haring competes in the high jump during the Mitchell Triangular at Joe Quintal Field on Tuesday. (Ryan Deal / Republic)1 / 2
Mitchell's Sutton Carpenter competes in the pole vault during the Mitchell Triangular at Joe Quintal Field on Tuesday. (Ryan Deal / Republic)2 / 2

Three Eastern South Dakota Conference track and field teams battled each other and the weather on Tuesday.

Joe Quintal Field hosted the Mitchell Triangular, with the Kernels, Yankton and Brandon Valley all competing on the cold and blustery day.

"It actually turned out to be a good day," said Mitchell coach Joe Shepardson, who commended the volunteers for helping on the cold day. "We had a couple of sprinkles on us, but actually it turned out to be a great day and I was glad that the kids got an opportunity to go out and compete. It was a lot better than the alternative of not competing."

Shepardson added competing in the conditions will be beneficial for the athletes in the long run.

"You have to be tough," Shepardson said. "You have to be able to withstand some cold temps and some muscles that maybe aren't as loose as they should be and you learn more about yourself than anything."

Shepardson praised Sutton Carpenter for winning the pole vault as he cleared 12 feet, 6 inches in the windy weather.

"You have to be tough to compete in this kind of weather with the pole vault and he didn't let the weather slow him down," Shepardson said. "He just went after it anyway."

High jumper Carly Haring also soared above the conditions and the competition, winning with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches.

Mitchell's Caleb Lee took first in the 800-meter run (2:19.93), just edging out Yankton's Cole Rumsey (2:19.96).

Up next, the Kernels are tentatively scheduled to host the Corn Palace Relays on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. However, a cold front and a blast of snow are expected to hit the area later in the week.

The Kernels are scheduled to compete at meets in Mount Vernon and Pierre on April 18.

"We should be able to get next week's meets in," Shepardson said. "It's just a matter of getting through this week and seeing what the track and everything looks like. We will see what Mother Nature brings for us."