Chamberlain enters the Class A state track and field meet with a well-balanced group of athletes.
The Cubs won't be constricted to a couple of events on Friday and Saturday in Tea and Sioux Falls, respectively. Rather they have multiple athletes competing in throwing and jumping events, while also a mix of sprinters and mid-distance runners.
"I think we're going to be scoring some points at state," Chamberlain coach Renee Long said. "Hopefully we're right up (there) scoring some team points in the girls division this year. We should be able to place. On paper, it looks like we should bring several medals home."
Long hopes Chamberlain can take advantage of its bevy of relay teams to add to its team score. It has four relays-4x100, 4x200, 4x800 and medley-on the girls side and three for the boys-4x200, 4x800 and medley.
Individually, the Cubs will be without Ella Byers, who has won two cross-country state titles, as she's dealing with a stress fracture. However, it still has mid-distance runners in Allison Hough, who ranks fifth in the 1,600 (5:22.34) and seventh in the 3,200 (11:43.52), and Kinsey Evans in the 800, mile and two mile.
"It's nice to be in such a good position without (Byers)," Long said.
The Cubs also have sprinters Makenzie Sorensen (100) and Caycee Guinn (200). In the field, Mady Handel will compete in both the shot put and discus, which her throw of 123 feet, 8 inches ranks fourth. Avany Long ranks second in the long jump (16-11.5) and will also compete in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
"We're lucky to have our new gymnastics facility," Long said, adding Chamberlain only competed in five of 10 scheduled meets. "We've jumped into the foam pit that they have for gymnastics, so we've been able to long jump and triple jump on the worst days. We can throw shot put inside."
Nash Hutmacher headlines the Chamberlain boys as he ranks first in the shot put (52-9) and second in the discus (163-8). Max Donovan will compete in the 110-meter hurdles, Drayton Priebe in the 300-meter hurdles, Dominic Santiago in both the 1,600 and 3,200 and Declan Tveit will run the 800 and 1,600.
"It's never happened as long as I've been here-we've had that many relays qualify," Long said. "Really balanced between the distance, jumps, throws and sprint events."
Two of the busiest athletes over the next couple of days will be McCook Central/Montrose's Jacy Pulse and Winner's Brady Fritz, who each are scheduled to compete in four individual events.
All of Pulse's will come on the track. The junior owns the top time in the 200 (25.30) and 300-meter hurdles (44.58), while ranking second in both the 100 (12.10) and 100-meter hurdles (15.04).
For Winner, Fritz can be seen on the track and in the field. He enters with the best time in the 100 (10.84) as one of two athletes with a time under 11 seconds, as well as second in the 200 (22.44), third in the long jump (21-9.5) and fourth in the triple jump (42-6.5).
Along with Fritz, Winner has a pair of jumpers on the girls side with the top marks this season. Kelsey Sachtjen's 5 foot, 2 inch high jump leap is tied with Sioux Falls Christian's Lexi Unruh for the best in Class A. Ellie Brozik, who also ranks third in the long jump, has the top triple jump mark at 36 feet, 9.5 inches, too.
Along with multiple relays, Winner has a plethora of other individual athletes competing, as well. Saige Schuyler (800) and Sidda Schuyler (1,600 and 3,200) and Skyler Hansen (100-meter and 300-meter hurdles) will represent Winner on the girls side.
For the Warrior boys, Kade Watson (800), Aaron Monk (110-meter and 300-meter hurdles), Preston Norrid (shot put and discus), Landon Thieman (discus), Joey Cole (high jump) and Joren Bruun (long and triple jump) all qualified for state.