Tigers win 1600-meter relay title

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by Jay Davis

The Tiger track team put an exclamation point on a record-breaking season by winning the 1600-meter relay state title at the State Track and Field Meet in Rapid City on Friday.

The Tigers lined up Bailey Friesz, Austin Borah, Peyton Friesz and Cody Schaefbauer for the final race at the state meet. Mobridge-Pollock took the lead on the opening leg and never looked back. When Schaefbauer crossed the finish line, the Tigers had run a dominating 3:24.07, leaving the competition more than two seconds behind. Runner-up Vermillion ran to a time of 3:26.19. Third-place Chamberlain trailed the Tigers by nearly four and a half seconds.

The foursome were not as fast in the preliminary round, but their 3:26.75 was more than a second faster than Vermillion. From the first time the team broke the school record with a 3:31.64 at the Big Dakota Meet in mid-April, they knocked more than seven seconds off their time.

“They ran outstanding,” said coach Rhonda Frederick. “They wanted to set the meet record. They didn’t get it, but they ran their fastest time ever.”

They did not win the 800-meter relay, but their second-place finish did produce more record-breaking moments. First to the finals, where the Tigers led the race for three legs before Madison pulled out the state title with a 1:29.9, edging the Tigers’ 1:30.2. Chris Nielsen, who was named the Class A outstanding performer after winning the open 100, 200 and 400, pulled ahead of Bailley Friesz down the homestretch, forcing the Tigers to accept the runner-up spot.

The Tigers ran a meet record 1:29.69 (old record was 1:29.81) in the prelims only to have Madison lower the standard even more with a 1:29.6 in the next heat. The 1:29.69 is, of course, a new Tiger team record.

The medley relay team was outdone by the others with a fourth-place finish, but not left from setting a new Tiger record. Mason Keller, Peyton Friesz, Schaefbauer and Jason Hill ran the medley in 3:43.32 to take fourth in state. They broke their own record after running a 3:43.42 in the prelims. Before state, the Tiger record was the oldest on the books. Clarence Skillingstad, Gary Vance, Bill Moser and Bob Heck had run a 3:44.5 way back in 1961.

“The medley team did a great job,” said Frederick.

Daniel Roberts placed in the upper echelon in both throwing events. Roberts took second in the discus and third in the shot put. Roberts went 178-5 in the discus, but could not get the launch that would send him to first place. Tyler Schultz of Custer defended his state title with a top throw of 183-3. Schultz also won the shot put, throwing 67-1.75. Roberts went 54-0.25 for third place. Roberts and Schultz were the only two throwers to medal in both events.

Bailley Friesz had a four-medal meet. Along with his state title and runner-up medal in relays, Friesz sprinted to third in the 400 and seventh in the 200.

Borah earned his first individual medal with an eighth-place finish in the 100.

All of the success gave the Tigers the fourth-place plaque in team points. The Tigers racked up 46 points in the meet. Madison ran away with the team title, scoring 91 points. Custer and Dell Rapids had a close race for second and third, scoring 75 and 68 points, respectively.

“It was exciting,” said Frederick. “Everyone performed very well.”

Two Lady Tigers finished their season on the medal stand.

Steph Gemar finished third in the discus. Gemar’s best throw went 128-7. Mary Ginsbach of Hot Springs was the surprise winner of the event. After coming in with a season-best 123-0, Ginsbach unleashed a throw of 135-1 to claim the title. Kayla Lester of Lead-Deadwood threw 10 feet farther than she had ever thrown to take second.

“Daniel and Steph didn’t get what they wanted,” said Frederick. “But they are young and will be back for more.”

Kass Keller finished her Lady Tiger career by taking sixth in the 200-meter dash. Keller was ranked 11th before the prelims, but won her heat on Friday to advance to the finals. Keller ran a sixth-place time of 27.02 in the final race of her career. Sienah Mulbach of West Central won the title at 26.41.

“I’m very proud of Kass,” said Frederick. “I’ve never her seen her kick like she did in the prelims. She wanted it bad.”

– Jay Davis –

Class A State Track and Field Meet
Boys Division
Team Standings: Madison 91, Custer 75, Dell Rapids 68, Mobridge-Pollock 46, Chamberlain 32, West Central 30, St. Thomas More 28, Winner 23, Sioux Falls Christian 23, Vermillion 22, Ethan-Parkston 20, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 20, Deubrook Area 16, Milbank 15, Miller 15, Platte-Geddes 15, Tri-Valley 15, Sioux Valley 14.5, Tea Area 13, Flandreau 13, Spearfish 12, Bon Homme 12, Redfield-Doland 12, Canton 11, Hot Springs 10, Elkton-Lake Benton 10, Hamlin 9, Aberdeen Roncalli 9, Clark-Willow Lake 8, Hill City 7, Lennox 6.5, Wagner 6, McCook Central-Montrose 5, Dakota Valley 4, Belle Fourche 4, Groton 4, Baltic 4, Stanley County 3, Bennett County 3, Garretson 2, Sisseton 2, Webster 1.
100-Meter Dash: 1. Chris Nielsen, Madison, 11.21; 2. D’Artist Williams, Madison 11.21; 3. Channing Barber, Dell Rapids, 11.4; 4. Zachery Barber, Dell Rapids, 11.56; 5. Cody Majeres, Canton, 11.6; 6. Riley Knutson, Tea Area, 11.62; 7. David Johanson, Flandreau, 11.7; 8. Austin Borah, Mobridge-Pollock, 11.82.
200-Meter Dash: 1. Chris Nielsen, Madison, 22.06; 2. D’Artist Williams, Madison, 22.43; 3. Zachery Barber, Dell Rapids, 22.73; 4. Cody Majeres, Canton, 22.78; 5. Channing Barber, Dell Rapids, 22.9; 6. Joe Parsley, Flandreau, 22.96; 7. Bailley Friesz, Mobridge-Pollock, 23.06; 8. Riley Knutson, Tea Area, 23.31.
400-Meter Dash: 1. Chris Nielsen, Madison, 49.68; 2. Trever Peterson, Deubrook Area, 50.21; 3. Bailley Friesz, Mobridge-Pollock, 50.47; 4. Shayne Gottlob, McCook Central-Montrose, 51.28; 5. Darin Peterka, Miller, 51.29; 6. Luke Sietgrefe, Spearfish, 51.52; 7. Colton Mahler, Dakota Valley, 51.69; 8. Riley Knutson, Tea Area, 51.85.
1600-Meter Run: 1. Dysan Lends His Horse, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 4:29.52; 2. Donovan Brother of All, Winner, 4:31.96; 3. Ben Gillette, Redfield-Doland, 4:38.83; 4. Eric Yager, Hot Springs, 4:40.86; 5. Keagan Ringling, Platte-Geddes, 4:41.35; 6. Hunter Streff, Madison, 4:42.6; 7. Jalen Snaza, Milbank, 4:42.87; 8. Trae Bergh, Tri-Valley, 4:47.55.
3200-Meter Run: 1. Dysan Lends His Horse, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 9:48.61; 2. Jalen Snaza, Milbank, 9:55.14; 3. Cody Herman, Custer, 10:02.95; 4. Donovan Brother of All, Winner, 10:06.54; 5. Colten Njos, Belle Fourche, 10:21.68; 6. Trae Berth, Tri-Valley, 10:22.24; 7. Hunter Streff, Madison, 10:23.78; 8. Logan Burns, Custer, 10:29.11.
Discus: 1. Tyler Schultz, Custer, 183-3; 2. Daniel Roberts, Mobridge-Pollock, 178-5; 3. Mason Leiseth, Hamlin, 172-4; 4. Anthony Huber, Ethan-Parkston, 160-11; 5. Joey Vrooman, Miller, 151-4; 6. Greg Witt, Custer, 151-3; 7. Tyler Currey, Madison, 151-3; 8. Jon Schwab, Aberdeen Roncalli, 149-7.
Shot Put: 1. Tyler Schultz, Custer, 67-1.75; 2. Cole Langer, Dell Rapids, 59-3.75; 3. Daniel Roberts, Mobridge-Pollock, 54-0.25; 4. Jack Robinson, Wagner, 54-0.25; 5. Nick Jensen, Vermillion, 53-0; 6. Taylor Lambert, Dakota Valley, 50-4; 8. Thad Johnson, Tri-Valley, 49-9.75.
800-Meter Relay: 1. Madison, 1:29.9; 2. Mobridge-Pollock (Austin Borah, Peyton Friesz, Cody Schaefbauer, Bailley Friesz), 1:30.2; 3. Dell Rapids, 1:32.01; 4. Sioux Falls Christian, 1:32.55; 5. Bon Homme, 1:32.91; 6. St. Thomas More, 1:33.49; 7. Flandreau, 1:33.54.
1600-Meter Relay: 1. Mobridge-Pollock (Bailley Friesz, Austin Borah, Peyton Friesz, Cody Schaefbauer), 3:24.07; 2. Vermillion, 3:26.19; 3. Chamberlain, 3:28.47; 4. Custer, 3:29.14; 5. Bon Homme, 3:31.97; 6. Miller, 3:32.43; 7. Winner, 3:33.76; 8. West Central, 3:33.76.
1600-Meter Sprint Medley Relay: 1. Vermillion, 3:39.05; 2. Winner, 3:40.75; 3. West Central, 3:41.18; 4. Mobridge-Pollock (Mason Keller, Peyton Friesz, Cody Schaefbauer, Jason Hill), 3:43.32; 5. Miller, 3:43.61; 6. Baltic, 3:44.03; 7. Clark-Willow Lake, 3:46.0; 8. Ethan-Parkston, 3:46.72.

Girls Division
Team Standings: West Central 65, Madison 63, Sioux Falls Christian 56, Spearfish 54, St. Thomas More 51, Custer 36, Harrisburg, 35, Clark-Willow Lake 31, Aberdeen Roncalli 30, Elkton-Lake Benton 30, Tri-Valley 28, Lead-Deadwood 23, Dell Rapids 21, Hill City 20, Hot Springs 17, Canton 17, Vermillion 16, Redfield-Doland 15, Garretson 14, Beresford 10, Tea Area 10, Milbank 10, Platte-Geddes 10, Belle Fourche 10, Mobridge-Pollock 9, Dakota Valley 6, Miller 6, Sisseton 5, Baltic 5, Webster 5, Florence-Henry 5, Deubrook Area 5, Deuel 5, Wagner 4, Winner 3, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 2, Bennett County 2, Britton-Hecla 2, Elk Point-Jefferson 1, Lennox 1, Bon Homme 1.
200-Meter Dash: 1. Sienah Mulbah, West Central, 26.41; 2. Kala McDonald, Hill City, 26.54; 3. Stacy Schmidt, Sioux Falls Christian, 26.57; 4. Cassidy Gebhart, Elkton-Lake Benton 26.75; 5. Paige Sommers, 26.96; 6. Kass Keller, Mobridge-Pollock, 27.02; 7. Liz Schwartz, Spearfish, 27.03; 8. Miranda Velgersdyk, Sioux Falls Christian, 27.5.
1600-Meter Run: 1. Karly Konkol, Custer, 5:18.43; 2. Erin Nolz, Garretson, 5:22.72; 3. Katie McNeary, Aberdeen Roncalli, 5:24.86; 4. Emily Hawkes, Madison, 5:27.17; 5. Mikayla Prouty, Clark-Willow Lake, 5:29.82; 6. Meagan Schenk, Harrisburg, 5:30.0; 7. Destiny Beautiful Bald Eagle, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 5:31.34; 8. Justin VanZee, Sioux Falls Christian, 5:31.72.
Discus: 1. Mary Ginsbach, Hot Springs, 135-1; 2. Kayla Lester, Lead-Deadwood, 134-8; 3. Steph Gemar, Mobridge-Pollock,128-7; 4. Breanna Bullert, Webster, 120-2; 5. Cassidy Wright, Dell Rapids, 118-2; 6. Ashley Currey, Madison, 117-2; 7. Ashley Ostrem, Beresford, 117-0; 8. Elizabeth Szymonski, Vermillion, 115-4.

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