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Kernels rely on field events in Yankton

Mitchell's Amy Uher tries to clear the bar in the girls' high jump at Thursday's First Dakota Relays at Yankton's Williams Field. Uher finished second at 5-feet, behind teammate Carly Haring. (Jeremy Hoeck / Yankton Press and Dakotan)

YANKTON—Joe Shepardson said Mitchell track and field had a "hop in its step," on Thursday at the Yankton Invitational.

That sentiment rang true in field events. The Kernels set multiple personal records, including Tristen Hilldebrandt's 33 feet, 1 inch leap to take third in the girls triple jump.

"She had a PR by a foot and a half," Mitchell coach Joe Shepardson said. "Just very excited for her. Excited to see her get out of her slump a little and pop one."

Mitchell found the most success in high jump, sweeping the event. Ryley Johansen won on the boys side by jumping 6 feet.

On the girls side, the Kernels had the only two girls to jump 5 feet or higher. Carly Haring, who also placed sixth in the long jump, won the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches, while Amy Uher set a personal record at 5 feet for the Kernels.

"Carly had three great attempts at 5-8," Shepardson said. "It was down here last year when she cleared 5-8. She almost did it back-to-back years. We have some big meets coming up, so I think she'll get over that 5-8 barrier again in the future."

In the pole vault, Sam Jones and Sutton Carpenter both cleared 12 feet, 9 inches to tie for third.

On the track, both of the Kernels' 4x100 relay teams placed second. Logan Cunningham, Xavier Blackwell, Payton Olson and Ryley Johansen finished in 46.03 seconds on the boys side. For the girls, McKenzie Norton, Aliyah Howard, Cassie Hohrman and Caitlin Ostbye crossed the line in 52.59 seconds.

Ostbye (13.02) and Norton (13.11) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Olson (23.93) also took third in the 200-meter dash, while Isaac Kitchens placed third in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.09 seconds.

"It was kind of a culmination of everything," Shepardson said. "The kids have been working hard and the weather was perfect. And the kids had a little hop in their step. We could see it on the track, we could see it in their times."

The Kernels compete in the Al Sahli Invitational Saturday at Aberdeen Central High School.

Risseeuw wins pair of events for MVP

Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Savannah Risseeuw swept the hurdling events. She took first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.36) and 300-meter hurdles (48.47). For Ethan/Parkson, Lindsey Roth (5:39.70) finished second in the mile.

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