Should the Lincoln boys have been the 2014 SD Sportswriter's Boys Team of the Year? MileSplit South Dakota Staff Jan 12, 2015

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? 

2015 Class AA Girls Pre-Season State Meet MileSplit South Dakota Staff Jan 08, 2015

2014 South Dakota HS Female Outdoor Track Team Scores (Returners Only)

Calculated as of January 08, 2015

These 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

2015 Class B Boys Cross Country Projections MileSplit South Dakota Staff Jan 04, 2015

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 School73

Individually, 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

2015 Class A Boys Cross Country Projections MileSplit South Dakota Staff Jan 03, 2015

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

Most Popular Articles of 2014: #2: Rich Winter's Class A XC Preview MileSplit South Dakota Staff Dec 28, 2014

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!

Most Popular Articles of 2014: #5- Kernit Grimshaw's Douglas Early Bird Photo Gallery MileSplit South Dakota Staff Dec 25, 2014

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 @ to purchase a print or two. 

Most Popular Articles of 2014: #9- Annie Kruse Sub 5:00 MileSplit South Dakota Staff Dec 21, 2014

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

2015 Track Stats:Top 10 Girls Distance Runners MileSplit South Dakota Staff Dec 18, 2014

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

2015 Track Stats:Top 10 Boys Distance Runners MileSplit South Dakota Staff Dec 15, 2014

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.