SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Morgan Taft opened the outdoor track and field season with a Dakota Wesleyan University school record.

The senior from Norris placed fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 150 feet, 11 inches, setting a new women’s school record at the Dordt invite on Thursday. Taft also broke the DWU record in the weight throw during the indoor season.

Teammate Lila Gonseth placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 121 feet, good enough for 10th in school history. She was also eighth in the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 3 3/4 inches. Plankinton native Katlyn Briggs moved into sixth place all-time at DWU with a throw of 128 feet, 11 inches in the hammer throw.

On the men’s side, Caden Milmine won the shot put with a heave of 53 feet, 3 3/4 inches. The throw currently places him seventh in the nation and qualified him for the NAIA national championships with an A-standard mark.

Chris Zanotto was fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 154 feet, 8 inches. Ryan Kienzle was third in the discus (136 feet, 8 inches) and sixth in the shot put (42 feet, 1 1/2 inches). Nate Rupprecht was eighth in the javelin with a throw of 126 feet, 10 inches.

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Austin Moen was third in the triple jump, leaping 43 feet, 2 1/4 inches and Cale Strong was fourth in the event with a leap of 41 feet, 10 3/4 inches. The 4x100-meter relay team of Austin Hughes, Moen, Travis Spell and Jacob Becker were third with a time of 44.53 seconds.

DWU competes in the University of South Dakota Invite Saturday in Vermillion.

Blackhawks, Spartans open with event victories in Miller

MILLER — The outdoor track and field seasons opened for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket and Wessington Springs high school teams this week, with the Blackhawks’ boys showing well early in the season at the Sunshine Bible Academy Invitational on Thursday at Bob Schroeder Field.

The SCW boys were fourth in a field of 12 teams with 75 points, while Hitchcock-Tulare won with 105 points. Wessington Springs was sixth with 50 points.

In the girls team scoring, Wolsey-Wessington had 131 points, followed by Jones County with 98 and Northwestern with 97.5. SCW was seventh with 47.5, while Wessington Springs was ninth with 30.

Freshman Cody Slykhuis won the boys triple jump for SCW with a leap of 35 feet, 0.5 inches, with junior Tryce Slykhuis taking second (34-4.5). Jeff Boschee was third in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches.

The SCW girls relay team of Trinity Boschee, Kamryn Ochsner, Kennadie Ochsner and Elizabeth Boschee won the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:45.2, edging the quartet from Wolsey-Wessington.

Also for SCW, Junior Trinity Boschee finished second in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 1 inch and third in the triple jump (30-0.5). Elizabeth Boschee, a seventh-grader, was also third in the girls high jump at 4 feet, 4 inches.

Wessington Springs was led by three winning boys relay teams. The 4x400 team of Blake Larson, Carter Grohs, Mason Schelske and Dylan Schimke won in 3:51.2, while the 4x800 relay won in 9:02.8 with Schimke, Grohs, Larson and A.J. Neely. In the 1600-meter sprint medley, the Spartans won in a time of 4:03.1, more than 11 seconds ahead of second-place Hitchcock-Tulare, powered by Rydell Krueger, Karter Mebius, Grohs and Schimke.