Photo via Kernit Grimshaw (kernit.zenfolio.com)
By Rich Winter
(Editor's Note: This article was written before the region meets, so take that into account when reading or slamming fist into computer in anger.)
As the state track meet quickly approaches, the times are getting faster, the distances further and the heights higher. You can expect some quality performances and some gutty responses from these proud South Dakota athletes as they did deeper than you can possibly imagine.
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So, here it is, you're Class A state track preview.
Class A Boys:
Team favorites - Custer without a doubt.
I'm always impressed with the Custer Wildcat track teams. Most championship teams are built through the sprints and the short relays, but Custer builds a team through middle distance and field events.
By the time the 4x800, 800, 1600, 3200 and medley relays come down, Custer will likely have enough. Toss in some great pole vaulters and discus throwers and you have your 2014 state champions.
100 meters: I see that 10.4 from Madison's Tyler Anderson and I can't help but think that is slightly wind aided. Anderson's 200 time doesn't stack up so I'm giving the nod as favorite to Zach Schroeder of Dell Rapids. The Dell Rapids kids always show up in the sprints.
|00m Dash - 11.10|
|2.||Schroeder, Zach||10.70||Dell Rapids|
|3.||Anderuud, Jake||10.90||St. Thomas More|
|4.||Bares, Brendan||10.90||Bon Homme|
|6.||Wynia, Ty||10.90||Hot Springs|
|8.||Esbensen, Mads||11.10||Deubrook Area|
|9.||Keegan, Alek||11.10||St. Thomas More|
|10.||Kortan, Chase||11.10||Bon Homme|
|11.||Van Winkle, Scott||11.10||Bon Homme|
200 meters: This could be one of the more interesting races at the state meet. Scott Van Winkle and Schroeder are tied for the fastest time, but there are 21 runners that have broken standard. I'm saying the experience that Dell Rapids has holds out and Schroeder gets the nod at 200 meters also.
|200m Dash - 23.10|
|1.||Van Winkle, Scott||22.10||Bon Homme|
|2.||Schroeder, Zach||22.20||Dell Rapids|
|7.||Larson, Landon||22.50||Groton Area|
|8.||Wynia, Ty||22.50||Hot Springs|
|9.||Rechtenbaugh, Jonah||22.60||West Central|
400 meters: Don't know a lot about these guys. I'm guessing the Hudson Priebe of Chamberlain doesn't run this race as he'll be focusing on the 300 hurdles and the 200 and those races are just too close together for him to think about that double. Let's just go with the favorite her and give the Lennox Oriole's speedster, Trey Furgeson the nod. Brennan Witt is a dangerous floater in this field.
|400m Dash - 51.40|
|4.||Scherr, Riley||50.40||St. Thomas More|
|5.||Schroeder, Zach||50.60||Dell Rapids|
|6.||Larson, Landon||51.10||Groton Area|
|7.||Van Winkle, Scott||51.20||Bon Homme|
800 meters: This is where the points start adding up for Custer. Brennan Witt will defend his title in this race as he's almost three seconds in front of Eric Yager of Hot Springs. Custer will likely use Israel Parsons to anchor the Medley relay in the prelims. I just don't see anyone having the speed or experience to get by Witt in this final. Four kids from Custer in the top ten...WOW!
|800m Run - 2:04.40|
|2.||Yager, Eric||1:59.10||Hot Springs|
|4.||Perryman, Blake||2:01.40||Dakota Valley|
|5.||Yost, Rawson||2:04.00||Clark/Willow Lake|
|7.||Weddell, Tobias||2:04.10||Todd County|
|9.||Vandekamp, Jake||2:04.20||SF Christian|
1600 meters: Logan Burns of Custer is going to win the 3200 meters. He was dominant in cross country but the 1600 is gonna be a toss up. I'm seeing Eric Yager of Hot Springs winning this race. Yager is a good 800 meter runner and I think that combination of speed and strength puts him on top. After those top two, I think it will be a battle of the last man standing. I'm expecting Tobias Weddell of Todd County to move up and finish top three as he finally rounds into shape. Cole Sargent of Miller is also a dangerous floater in this race. Custer again picks up a lot of points.
|1600m Run - 4:40.10|
|2.||Yager, Eric||4:35.50||Hot Springs|
|3.||Perryman, Blake||4:37.40||Dakota Valley|
|6.||Yost, Rawson||4:38.00||Clark/Willow Lake|
|7.||DeWeerd, Caleb||4:40.00||SF Christian|
3200 meters: Are you tired of me talking about Custer yet? Logan Burns is the class of this field, the question is does Yager run this race or the 800 because you can't be great in both. I think after Burns will be Sargent and then pick em.
|3200m Run - 10:27.00|
|2.||Yager, Eric||10:00.10||Hot Springs|
|5.||Julian, Lucas||10:14.50||St. Thomas More|
|6.||DeWeerd, Caleb||10:20.50||SF Christian|
|110m Hurdles - 15.70|
110 hurdles: The class of the field is Chamberlain hurdler Hudson Priebe. Jumped against his dad, Todd, a few times in high school. Got him once or twice but most of the time I was in the rear view mirror. Priebe won both hurdle events at Howard Wood and he is primed to just kick the crap out of this field.
|110m Hurdles - 15.70|
|5.||Reynen, Sam||15.30||Aberdeen Roncalli|
|6.||Leighton, Hunter||15.40||Sioux Valley|
|8.||Bodden, Dakota||15.60||Bon Homme|
300 hurdles: Priebe will be so far ahead coming into the stretch. Expect the crowd at Howard Wood to stand up and appreciate one of South Dakota's great athletes.
|300m Hurdles - 42.00|
|6.||Reynen, Sam||41.30||Aberdeen Roncalli|
|7.||Henderson, Evan||41.50||St. Thomas More|
|8.||Van Winkle, Scott||41.70||Bon Homme|
|9.||Kother, Luca||41.90||Groton Area|
400 relay: Dell Rapids is just too good in the sprint relays.
|400m Relay - 44.90|
|3.||St. Thomas More||44.30|
|800m Relay - 1:33.20|
800 relay: Quarriors threaten the 1:30 mark.
|800m Relay - 1:33.20|
|2.||St. Thomas More||1:31.70|
The mile relay: Ahhh, the best relay in sports. The St. Thomas More and Custer boys are both great in this event. Somehow, even though the Custer kids will want to put an exclamation point on the state title with a win in the last event of the meet, I think the STM boys will be fresher and will get er done.
|600m Relay - 3:32.60|
|1.||St. Thomas More||3:29.50|
3200 relay: I will have a heart attack if its not Custer....but sometimes Custer waters down the 4x800 team. I'm smelling an upset here....let's give the nod to SFC.
|3200m Relay - 8:34.50|
|2.||Sioux Falls Christian||8:24.30|
|4.||St. Thomas More||8:32.10|
Love this relay: Custer has the fourth best time...I'm picking Custer.
|Medley Relay - 3:47.00|
|8.||Sioux Falls Christian||3:45.50|
|10.||St. Thomas More||3:45.90|
FIELD EVENTS are where the real athletes hang out.
Shot put: Canton's Tyler Lems will throw 55' and win this event.
|Shot Put - 50'01.00"|
|3.||Jenkins, Tyson||51'10.50"||Clark/Willow Lake|
|5.||Morehead, Zach||50'05.50"||Tea Area|
|6.||Hammer, Ben||50'01.50"||Dell Rapids|
Discus: Lems gets the double.
|Discus Throw - 151'09.00"|
|3.||Lupkes, Jason||162'09.00"||Dakota Valley|
|4.||Davelaar, John||160'09.00"||SF Christian|
|6.||Morehead, Zach||153'04.00"||Tea Area|
High jump: No outstanding high jumpers in the field. Somehow with Dell Rapids needing points, I see White winning this event.
|High Jump - 6'00.00"|
|2.||White, Zach||6'04.00"||Dell Rapids|
|3.||Bussell, Cody||6'02.00"||West Central|
|4.||Kramer, Collin||6'02.00"||Sioux Valley|
|5.||Leighton, Hunter||6'02.00"||Sioux Valley|
|6.||Lundin, Trevor||6'02.00"||Sioux Valley|
|7.||Vettrus, Noah||6'02.00"||West Central|
|10.||Fykstra, Dejay||6'00.00"||SF Christian|
|12.||Schmidt, Mason||6'00.00"||Dell Rapids|
|13.||Thurston, Noah||6'00.00"||Webster Area|
Long jump: Can it be anyone else but Chamberlain's Hudson Priebe.
|Long Jump - 20'06.00"|
|2.||Nichols, Bret||21'10.25"||Dell Rapids|
|4.||Hoglund, Ty||21'03.75"||Dell Rapids|
|9.||Kortan, Chase||20'07.00"||Bon Homme|
|10.||Thurston, Noah||20'06.50"||Webster Area|
Triple jump: Quarrior Bret Nichols is the class of the field.
|Triple Jump - 41'11.00"|
|1.||Nichols, Bret||45'10.50"||Dell Rapids|
|3.||Hoglund, Ty||42'07.75"||Dell Rapids|
|4.||Ljunggren, Tanner||42'07.75"||Dell Rapids|
Pole vault: Custer Custer Custer
|Pole Vault - 11'03.00"|
|2.||DeHaai, Gavin||13'01.00"||SF Christian|
|3.||Van Winkle, Scott||12'10.25"||Bon Homme|
|5.||Cox, Colton||12'00.00"||Aberdeen Roncalli|
|6.||Andera, Anthony||11'09.00"||Aberdeen Roncalli|
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