TEA -- Winner thrived on the track and in the field on Friday. It ended the first day of the Class A state track and field meet with four placewinners.
Ellie Brozik was the Warriors’ lone winner as she leaped 36 feet, 2 inches to win the triple jump over Belle Fourche’s Bella Jensen (35-5.5) by more than 10 feet. She also out-jumped Ethan/Parkston’s Allison Ziebart and McCook Central/Montrose’s Jocelyn Krouse, who placed fourth and seventh, respectively.
Brozik’s first-place finish helped push the Winner girls into fourth in the team standings.
Although, the Warriors also had contributions from their third-place 4x800-meter relay team of Kalla Bertram, Kendyl Bachmann, Saige Schuyler and Sidda Schuyler. In the 3,200-meter run, Schuyler finished in seventh.
On the boys side, Brady Fritz started his four-event weekend with a second-place finish in the long jump.
Andes Central/Dakota Christian dominated the field events on Friday. It had four top-eight finishes in field events, while Isabella Brouwer shined in the two mile.
The Thunder placed a thrower in both the boys and girls shot put. Cliff Johnson notched a second-place finish, beating Menno’s fourth-place Trey Bohlmann in the process. Meanwhile, Sidney Muckey took sixth as Randa VandenHoek, of Kimball/White Lake, finished in fourth.
In the high jump, Tyler Swanson finished in third, besting both Tommy Determan, of Gregory, and Lyman’s Brad Lebeda, who finished in sixth and seventh, respectively.
Daaron Tronvold also placed seventh in the triple jump, while Brouwer had the Thunder’s other second-place finish in the two mile.
There were a trio of double-placers for Mitchell-area athletes. Brady Hawkins, of Ethan/Parkston, found success in a pair of field events. He placed sixth in shot put and seventh in the triple jump. Also in Class A, Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Katlyn Briggs finished third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
Kimball/White Lake’s Christine Gaulke had plenty of success in the 800. She notched a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run, then was part of the third-place 4x800 alongside Ellie Overweg, Fayleen Overweg and Sidney McCord.
Other placewinners in Class A include:
- Wagner’s Jaden Peters and Owen Eitemiller finished second and seventh, respectively, in the pole vault. Lizzie Tyler finished fourth in the 800-meter run, while Britney Krcil tied for second in pole vault.
- Chamberlain’s Mady Handel notched a sixth-place finish in the discus and Avany Long finished in third in the long jump.
- For Ethan/Parkston, Karly Gustafson threw into third place in the shot put. Mollie Miiller ended sixth in the pole vault.
- Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Berkeley Engelland took seventh in the 800.
Class B placewinners include:
- Hanson’s 4x800-meter relay team and Alyssa Moschell both earned fourth-place finishes. Karlie Goergen and Morgan Huber also finished fifth and seventh in the long jump, respectively.
- Freeman Academy/Marion’s Thaniel Schroeder and Jada Koerner raced to second and seventh, respectively, in the two mile. Oddy Pankratz placed seventh in the high jump.
- For Menno, Brady Fergen and Morgan Edelman both notched sixth-place finishes in the pole vault.
- Corsica-Stickney’s Avery Broughton and Courtney Menning placed third in the high jump and the 800, respectively.
- Madison Kizer, of Howard, finished third in the high jump. The Tigers’ 4x800-relay team took seventh.
- Avon’s Lauren Sees finished second in the long jump, followed by her sister, Courtney, in sixth.
- Lahna Matucha, of Burke, finished tied for third in the high jump. Scotland’s Olivia Binde placed eighth in the pole vault and Bridgewater-Emery’s 4x800 earned an eighth-place finish, too.