Those are just a few of the highlights from last week including some new US #1s across the board
Check out the latest performances from former South Dakota preps.Photo by Stu Forster, Getty Images
The meet begins Saturday at 12 p.m. (via GoJacks.com)Photo by: Inertia Sports Media/Dave Eggen
ELMHURST, Ill.--South Dakota senior Kyle McKelvey has been named the Summit League Men's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the period ended Jan. 18, as released by the Summit League on Tuesday. (via www.goyotes.com)
The leaderboard gets rattled again as more stars show their strengths in more than one event
Vikings have solid performance at Dordt Invitational (via Augustana College)
Jazzelena Black, Carly Carper, Jessica Eibs and Courtney Neubert scored victories (via GoJacks.com)
LINCOLN, Neb.--South Dakota's women's distance medley, senior Kyle McKelvey, junior Madison Mills and redshirt Megan Glisar each claimed event titles as the South Dakota track and field teams competed at day two of the Holiday Inn Invitational on Saturday. (via www.goyotes.com)
Jeremiah Ary wins triple jump, three Jackrabbits move up in school top-10 lists (via GoJacks.com)
LINCOLN, Neb.--South Dakota junior Katie Wetzstein set a new school record in the one mile run while junior Amber Eichkorn added a win in the 5,000-meter run as the South Dakota track and field teams opened the indoor season at the Holiday Inn Invitational on Friday at the Devaney Sports Center. (via www.goyotes.com)
Keep your eyes on these top 8 athletes in each event as the indoor season powers on
Keep your eyes on these top 8 athletes in each event as the indoor season powers on
VERMILLION, S.D.--The University of South Dakota's track and field program boasts three current and two former athletes who are ranked among the top 25 in the United States according to recent polls published by Track and Field News Magazine. (via www.goyotes.com)
The unofficial (official for Wyoming) Indoor Track & Field season starts today at the Stadium Sports Grill Invite in Spearfish.
Sioux Falls Lincoln's Will Lauer was named the 2015 South Dakota Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
In June, Middlebury College senior Katie Carlson decided that when her cross country season came around this fall, she was going to run in the junior varsity boys 8K race at the New England Cross Country Championships on Oct. 11 to see how she'd do. It wasn't that she wanted to compete against the boys. Carlson wanted a chance to see how she'd fare at the 8K distance, because she'd had to race a shorter 6K event all of her college career. (via Runner's World)
BURSNVILLE, Minn. - University of Sioux Falls freshman pole vaulter Kimberly Peterson was name Northern Sun Intercollegiate women's field athlete of the week in a release from the conference on Tuesday afternoon. (via USFCougars.com)
Four Augustana relay teams cited as the best in Division II (via Augustana College)
The Jacks compete for the first time in 2015 Saturday at the NDSU Invite in Fargo, N.D. (via GoJacks.com)
VERMILLION, S.D.--Entering its fourth year in the Summit League, the Coyote track and field teams are preparing for another successful season at the helm of head coaches Lucky Huber and Dave Gottsleben. Last season, the track teams captured a pair of Summit League titles, earned three All-America honors and finished 10th at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. (via www.goyotes.com)
A ton of scorching indoor meets have the leader boards looking completely different
The Sioux Falls Lincoln Boys Cross Country team won their third consecutive SDHSAA State Championship this season and finished 3rd at the Nike Heartland Regional, which consists of the very best teams and individuals from a seven state region. Out of the Nike Heartland Regional, the Patriots qualified for the Nike National Meet, placing 21st in the event. The Patriots were led by Stanford recruit, Will Lauer and a star-studded cast of 2-7's. If we look at performance at the national level, no other team in South Dakota- in any sport-excelled at the US level like Lincoln. Should they have been awarded South Dakota Sportswriter's Boys Team of the Year for 2014?
Congratulations to Madison's Emily Hawkes on winning South Dakota's Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
MANKATO, Minn. - The University of Sioux Falls Track and Field won three events and had five athletes reach provisional qualifying marks at the Minnesota State Alumni Open on Saturday. The Cougars earned a total of 29 top-eight finishes in their first competition of 2015. (via USFCougars.com)
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University track and field teams won 14 events at the Myrle Hanson Memorial Open held Saturday in the Young Center Fieldhouse. (via bhsuathletics.com)
2015 South Dakota Cross Country Projections by classification. (via MileSplit)
2014 South Dakota HS Female Outdoor Track Team Scores (Returners Only)Calculated as of January 08, 2015These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.Athletes whose graduation years are unknown were left out of the list.Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota junior pole vaulter Emily Grove has been named College Women's Athlete of the Year by South Dakota Sportswriters Association, as announced in December. Grove is the second Coyote to earn the honor in as many years after Bethany Firsick earned the award in 2013. (via www.goyotes.com)
With the end to the holiday season comes the present of full-fledged Indoor track & field
The final 2015 South Dakota Cross Country projection looks to be one of the closest races: the Class B Boys Cross Country race. In the team race, it looks like it could be any team from a huge list of 9 teams, all withing a reasonable point range of becoming the 2015 champions. 1James Valley Christian School272322--2McCrossan Boys Ranch3761120--3Lyman High School4341821--4Ipswich High School51101328--5Stanley County High School5672425--6Bison High School561847--7Canistota High School6452336--8Wessington Springs High School66121638--9Warner High School73Individually, it looks to be Daniel Burkhalter (Bison), Jayden Waldner (JVC), Kedric Brantner (JVC), Cameron Harming (Elkton/Lake Benton) and Iren Grassrope (Lyman) rounding out a projected Top 5. However, as you all know- this track season and ultimately, the summer- is what's gong to determine the champions in 2015. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
Here they are: the 2015 Class A Boys Cross Country Projections, which are based off of times in the MileSplit database from the 2014 season. Early team scores have West Central and Sioux Falls Christian way ahead of the pack with Madison, Lennox, Custer, Beresford, Miller and St. Thomas More rounding out the Top 8. Individually, Lucas Julian (STM), Cole Sargent (Miller), Chance Dooley (Custer), Caleb DeWeerd (SFC) and Derek Peters (West Central) are the Top 5 returnees from 2014 according to times from throughout the season. Photo: Chance Dooley (Custer) by Kernit Grimshaw
Based off of 2014 season bests, here are your 2015 Class AA Boys Individual and Team Cross Country projections. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
The #1 article on South Dakota MileSplit had more views that the #2, #3 and #4 articles combined. It was the incredible life story of Peter Auch- a Beresford distance runner- who lost his life in a car accident. If you do nothing else this Holiday Season, carve out 10 minutes and read this story.
Coming in at #2 this year on South Dakota MileSplit was an article penned by former Mission, South Dakota reporter: Rich Winter. (Yes, that's another one out of Mission- lots of good stuff comes out of that little town.) Rich promotes South Dakota sports, particularly track and cross country, remotely from his hideaway in Utah via his very popular sports blog, Panic Button. If you get a chance to read his blog, you'll like his style. Thanks, Rich and great job!
The #3 article of 2014 was the Boys Top 10 lists. Like the girls lists, these are a work in progress and are probably missing a mark or two from this past season. Eventually all of these historical times and distances will be entered into the MileSplit database so that finding Top 10's, 15's, 25's is as simple as sorting out a ranking.
South Dakotans love Track & Field- and the participation numbers prove it. Track also has a very objective method for state meet qualification: the SDHSAA State Track & Field Meet Qualifying Marks. Each year, athletes, coaches, fans and parents all await the new qualifying lists (which are continually updated according to averages from state meets)- and 2014 was no exception.
It's no surprise, that cracking the Top 5 most popular articles in 2014 was South Dakota's best sports photographer- Kernit Grimshaw- and his photo gallery from the 2014 Douglas Early Bird Meet.Kernit is based out of Mission, South Dakota and has been shooting South Dakota sports for quite some time. Kernit generously shares his talent and time with his photography on his Facebook page and with South Dakota MileSplit. I can speak for many sports fans across that state when I say, "THANK YOU!!!!" That being said, you should take a few minutes and visit Kernit's zenfolio site @ kernit.zenfolio.com to purchase a print or two.
Time for MileSplit to select 21 sophomore boys as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
Time for MileSplit to select 21 sophomore girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
Using personal bests that are in the MileSplit database from the 2014 SDHSAA Cross Country season, these are your 2015 Class B Projections. Keep in mind, course lengths can vary, so PR's might not be in line with State Meet times. Photo of the Ipswich Tigers, by Kernit Grimshaw
The #6 Most Popular Article of 2014 on South Dakota MileSplit was the first Coaches Poll of the 2014 Cross Country season. Evidently people were eager to see who what teams were ranked.Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
Most popular article of 2014...coming in at #7 is the South Dakota Girls All-Time Top 10 List. This list is a work in progress and all historical times will eventually be entered into the MileSplit database.
The #8 most popular article on SD.MileSplit.Com this past year was a video made by Augustana College, covering their Augie Twilight Meet. This is an incredible event and the video was out-of-this-world (literally- they used a drone to take video).
The #9 viewed page in 2014 was a link to a Yankton Press & Dakotan article by James Cimburek. Quick little shoutout to the Yankton Press & Dakotan and their sports writers as they are excellent in their work covering track and cross country. This particular article was on the Yankton Invite and Annie Kruse breaking 5 minutes in the mile.Photo by James Cimburek
The #10 article was a rankings article- the Fab 50 returning girls cross country runners. Back (via MileSplit)
Time for MileSplit to select 21 freshmen boys as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
Time for MileSplit to select 21 freshmen girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One!
You'll notice some hand-held times in the mix, but this is a good snap-shot at who's the boss in South Dakota sprints/hurdles. Already, an all-time great, Courtney Dowling leads the 100-200-400 meters. Macy Heinz is on the list, showing incredible range (Laura Roesler range), running 12.10 (hand-held, so 12.34 adjusted) and 57.10 in the 400 meters. Photo of Courtney Dowling by Kernit Grimshaw
These are your Top 10 returning distance runners in the state of South Dakota this spring. The 800 Meters is loaded, with 9 girls returning that have run under 2:20. You had to run 5:17 just to make the Top 10 girls 1600 list. Headlining the list? Emily Person of Rapid City Stevens. She's at of near the top of every event (#1-3200; #2-1600 and #3-800) Now a couple of questions: Will Macy Heinz or Jasymne Cooper jump in a 3200m this season and show their stuff and what will Madison standout Hailey Streff have to say about cracking the 800 Meter list? Photo: Emily Person (Stevens) by Kernit Grimshaw
Who's back? Here are the Top 10 returning girls in South Dakota Field Events (AA, A & B combined) Photo of Emma Johnson (Tri-Valley) by Kernit Grimshaw.
All you need to know from Foot Locker as the cross country season comes to a close
Take a look at the Top 10 Field Event boys in Class B, A & AA combined. Class A & B make loud noises in the throws and field events, but Class AA rules the Pole Vault. Photo: Chandler Nelson (Mitchell Christian) via Mitchell Republic
Based off of last seasons PR's, here are the returning distance boys of South Dakota (AA, A & B). Class AA dominates this list, as only one runner from another class (Miller's Cole Sargent) made the Top 10's. One note, Brookings' Justice Lamer moved out of state. He is listed on both the 1600 and 3200 lists.
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch MileSplit's extensive race footage of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Unlike the distance Top 10's, this list includes a variety of Class B, A & AA runners. Note that there may be a couple of hand-held times into the mix, which is a huge consideration in looking at sprint/hurdle marks. Photo: Talon Maxon (RC Central) by Kernit Grimshaw
People graduate. So what's going to happen next year? Does Rapid City Stevens win another team title? Will there be a new sheriff in town or does Lincoln's Jasmyne Cooper take the individual crown again? Look for Class A & B, along with the Boys projections in the next few days. Photo: Jasmyne Cooper (SFL) and Jamie Schweiss (RCS) by Kernit Grimshaw
Photo galleries from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the boys race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Complete results of the girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.
Watch the 2014 Foot Locker Nationals live on MileSplit starting at 8 AM PST (11 AM EST) on Saturday.
Final Girls Top 25 using Region and State Meets. Photo: Macy Heinz and Laura Nelson (by Kernit Grimshaw)
NXN is over- who are the final Top 25 boys in the state based on times from the 2014 South Dakota Cross Country season? Photo: Yonas Sadi (SFW) by Kernit Grimshaw
All you need to know from NXN including many firsts that went down at the new course
Stanford-bound Will Lauer led the Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots to a 21st place finish at the Nike National Cross Country Meet yesterday in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Gary Paulson
Watch the championship boys race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals!
There was a lot of hype, but she delivered! Watch Alaskan Allie O rule the field!
Complete results of the boys race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals.
Complete results of the girls race from the 2014 Nike Cross Nationals.
Tomorrow's the big day- the Patriots of Sioux Falls Lincoln are matching up against the top boy's Cross Country teams in the country. Photo by Kraig Lungstrom
(via www.argusleader.com)(Photo: Jay Pickthorn / Argus Leader)
The South Dakota Cross Country & Track and Field Coaches Association has a website- and it's pretty cool. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
If the national scene wasn't already hot enough! Brace yourself for the next two weeks
Watch Episode 2 of ON THE RISE: Allie Ostrander as she prepares to race the nation's best at NXN!
Photo galleries from the 2014 Foot Locker Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nearly 1,000 photos total!
Fields set for the 2014 NXN Championships 18 boys and girls teams automatically qualify for NXN by placing in the top two at an NXN region or the CIF meet power merge. An additional four boys and girls teams were selected by a committee vote Saturday night. (via FloTrack)
Watch the championship boys race from Foot Locker Midwest, which Grant Fisher repeated in 15:00 win.
Watch the championship girls race from the 2014 Foot Locker Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Watch FULL Episode 1 of ON THE RISE: Allie Ostrander! Check Out Trailer for Sneak Peak!
Who are the South Dakotan's at the Footlocker Midwest Regionals tomorrow and how will they fare?
Your weekend XC update including action from two down to the wire NXN Regionals
Take a trip back on the time machine to a decade ago's performances at the 2004 SD State Cross Country Meet. Photo via sports.sdpb.org
It was championship week in the college ranks. How did the South Dakota runners and former preps fare? Photo by Wayne State Sports Information
View 'Timetable Results' to view the event schedule and results links. (via branchsportstech.com)
Once Brennan Schmidt focused on track, his high school athletic career found a second gear and he developed into a Division I recruit. (via Yankton Press & Dakotan)
VERMILLION — Three weeks after playing a key role in one first for her program, Amber Eichkorn isn’t done making history. (via Yankton Press & Dakotan)
Three months ago, Hunter Paulsen had no serious thoughts about running cross country in college. (via Yankton Press & Dakotan) SDMileSplit Cover Photo by Kernit Grimshaw
Top 500 boys 5K times from the Foot Locker Midwest Region states as of November 20th.
Top 500 girls 5K times from the Foot Locker Midwest Region states as of November 20th.
Top 21 best sophomore boys performers from the month of November in the nation.
The top 21 sophomore girls XC performers in the nation from the last 4 weeks!
MileSplit South Dakota Q&A with former Rapid City Stevens distance runner and current Air Force Falcon standout, Riley Coates. Coates individually qualified for the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships by clocking a 30:30.93 to grab the fourth automatic individual qualifying spot at the Mountain Regional Cross Country Championships last Friday. A senior, this will be Coates’ second appearance at the NCAA National Meet.
Sauncony Flo 50 Rankings (via MileSplit)
Watch the trailer of On The Rise: Allie Ostrander, part of a new MileSplit original video series.
NXN Midwest & Northwest, Ostrander races for first time since early October, suprise Michiganders go big!