Here are your Top 10 Freshman (& Under) Boys from the 2015 Track and Field season. Photo: Daniel Burkhalter (Bison) by Kernit Grimshaw.
An incredible review of the 2015 SDHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Photos by Kernit Grimshaw.
The 2015 Class AA Qualifying Standards. Photo by Kernit Grimshaw.
The SDSU Classic, which will be held on February 13-14 on the new 300 Meter track inside the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex, has included a High School Mile into the meet program.
The 2015 Track & Field season is quickly approaching. The following descending order lists are the best freshman from 2014 who are ready to make an impact in 2015.Photo: Jakob Hanna (Brandon Valley) via BrandonInfo.Com
The unofficial (official for Wyoming) Indoor Track & Field season starts today at the Stadium Sports Grill Invite in Spearfish.
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?
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Who are the South Dakotan's at the Footlocker Midwest Regionals tomorrow and how will they fare?