Tracksters win twice, qualify two at Pierre American Legion Relays

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By Jay Davis

Mitch Heumiller reaches out to get the baton to Mason Keller. Heumiller, Keller, Conner Stoick and Austin Borah qualified for state in the 800-meter relay at the Pierre American Legion Relays.

Mitch Heumiller reaches out to get the baton to Mason Keller. Heumiller, Keller, Conner Stoick and Austin Borah qualified for state in the 800-meter relay at the Pierre American Legion Relays.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers spent the day in a Class AA field and still came away with two titles and two state qualifications at the Pierre American Legion Relays on Friday.
Steph Gemar stayed right where she has been so far this season, in first place in the discus. Gemar went 128 feet, 9 inches to win the event by more than 11 feet. Runner-up Michaela Mayer of Sioux Falls Washington was second at 117-8.
“Coach Lamb told me it was a weird weather day for the discus throws,” said coach Marty Looyenga. “He said the discus was going up and then the wind was knocking it straight down.”
The odd air did not keep Gemar from dominating her specialty event. The win was the 10th straight for the Lady Tiger senior, dating back to the Black Hills Classic last spring. Kacie O’Conner of Sundance, Wyo., won that day. Gemar has not lost to a South Dakota thrower since the Class A State Track and Field Meet in 2012, when she finished third in state.
Jason Hill, who became a long jumper just two track meets ago, won the event and qualified for state in the process. Hill took first with a top leap of 21-3.5. Second place went to Dan Marlette of Sioux Falls Washington who went 20-11.5.
“That was pretty cool,” said Looyenga. “We kind of feel like, ‘how come we didn’t notice this before?’ Jason had an event left in Groton. We asked if he wanted to long jump and he said, ‘Sure, why not.”
The 800-meter relay team did not win on Friday; the team in fact finished fourth. But that did not stop them from qualifying for state and posting one of the fastest times in Class A so far this season.
The team of Conner Stoick, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller and Austin Borah combined to run the race in 1 minute, 32.63 seconds.
“The 800 relay team ran solid, but they did have one handoff that wasn’t that great,” said Looyenga. “We think they can still get faster.”
It was the fastest Class A time in state until St. Thomas More ran a 1:31.7 a couple hours later in a meet in the Black Hills. The Tigers were beaten by three Class AA schools. Brandon Valley won the race in a meet record 1:29.64.
Relay teams had a strong day with all 10 teams recording season-best times. Four of the five boys’ teams placed in the top six, as did the Lady Tigers’ 800-meter relay team.
Stoick, Heumiller, Keller and Hill ran for the medley and 400-meter team. They placed third in the medley with a time of 3:48.79 and fifth in the 400-meter with a time of 45.29 seconds. Heumiller, Keller, Hill and Borah placed sixth it the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:33.15. All three of those times are within a second of the state-qualifying standard. The 3200-meter relay time of Hunter Gill, Justin Nobles, Jaidon Sjomeling and Gary Wollman took eighth with a time of 9:12.38, taking nine seconds off their previous best.
The Lady Tiger team of Madison Rau, Autumn Schlomer, Kayla Schneider and Grace Wollman ran a 1:55.12 to place fifth in the 800-meter. The other four teams all had top 10 finishes with the medley taking eighth, 400-meter taking ninth and the 1600-meter and 3200-meter taking 10th.
The 400-meter team of Alexa Schaefbauer, Maranda Wagner, Schlomer and Rau ran a 55.04. The 1600-meter team of Wollman, Lauren Henderson, Ashton Wiederholt and Brandi Martian ran a 4:29.86. The 3200-meter team of Henderson, Keely Moriarty, Becca Martin and Cassi Heumiller ran an 11:14.25. The medley team of Schaefbauer, Schneider, Wollman and Henderson ran a 4:43.24.
“Times are continuously dropping,” said Looyenga. “That’s what they are supposed to do.”
Borah added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. He ran a 51.89, just off the state-qualifying standard of 51.4. Cam Holmes of Brandon Valley won the race with a blistering 49.09.
Wollman did not place, but came very close to meeting the state-qualifying standard in the 800. Wollman ran a 2:05.7 to finish 11th.
The state-qualifying standard is 2:04.4.
Eighth-grader Carson Keller held his own against AA competition, taking seventh in discus and 12th in shot put. Keller threw the discus 122-5 and missed medaling by just one place. He threw the shot 42-6.5.

Howard Wood
The Tigers will square off against the state’s top competition for a second straight meet on Friday and Saturday at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls..
“I’m excited to see what they can do at Howard Wood,” said Looyenga. “There’s a lot of opportunity there.”
Not every Tiger and Lady Tiger will get the opportunity to compete in Sioux Falls. Those who do not make the trip will compete at he Lemmon Lions Relays on Saturday.

Pierre American Legion Relays
Boys Division
Team Points: Sioux Falls Washington 106, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 100, Brandon Valley 99, Rapid City Central 95, Spearfish 41, Pierre 38, Sturgis 25, Mobridge-Pollock 25, Winner 20, Mitchell 17, Huron 11, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 8, Todd County 3.
100-Meter Dash: 1. Quade Ruffin Hill, Rapid City Central, 10.71; 2. Ryan Immeker, Brandon Valley, 10.84; 3. Cam Holmes, Brandon Valley, 10.98; 4. Alexander Klapperich, Rapid City Central, 11.06; 6. Gramm Johnson, Mitchell, 11.16; 6. Austin Atwood, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 11.33.
200-Meter Dash: 1. Quade Ruffin Hill, Rapid City Central, 21.96; 2. Cam Holmes, Brandon Valley, 22.14; 3. Ryan Immeker, Brandon Valley, 22.38; 4. Zach Needham, Sioux Falls Washington, 22.79; 5. Asher Pikula, Rapid City Central, 23.15; 6. Dylan Reiners, Spearfish, 23.36.
400-Meter Dash: 1. Cam Holmes, Brandon Valley, 49.09; 2. Luke Wietgrefe, Spearfish, 50.59; 3. Asher Pikula, Rapid City Central, 51.12; 4. Josh Goehring, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 51.51; 5. Austin Borah, Mobridge-Pollock, 51.89; 6. Isaiah Feterl, Sioux Falls Washington, 51.92.
800-Meter Run: 1. Jacob Simmons, Sturgis, 1:58.54; 2. Jacob Hegland, Brandon Valley, 2:01.08; 3. Jacob Green, Sioux Falls Washington, 2:01.89; 4. Alec Kray, Sioux Falls Washington, 2:02.47; 5. Ryan Stiles, Rapid City Central, 2:02.94; 6. Mitchell Selken, Brandon Valley, 2:03.28.
1600-Meter Run: 1. Daniel Armstrong, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4:37.63; 2. Dillon Jacoby, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 4:40.23; 3. Jakob Hanna, Brandon Valley, 4:40.68; 4. Jacob Hegland, Brandon Valley, 4:43.91; 5. Jebben Keyes, Pierre, 4:45.44; 6. Andrew Cottier, Rapid City Central, 4:46.39.
3200-Meter Run: 1. Jesus Urtusuastegui, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10:10.25; 2. Isaac Iverson, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10:14.97; 3. Joseph Barnes, Spearfish, 10:24.47; 4. Logan Swenson, Sioux Falls Washington, 10:38.36; 5. Cody Dutson, Brandon Valley, 10:41.98; 6. Tobias Weddell, Todd County, 11:05.95.
110-Meter Hurdles: 1. Dan Marlette, Sioux Falls Washington, 14.93; 2. Talon Maxon, Rapid City Central, 15.0; 3. Mayuen Akok, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 15.44; 4. Matt Booth, Pierre, 15.97; 5. Zac Freese, Sioux Falls Washington, 16.2; 6. Tanner McCloskey, Todd County, 16.62.
300-Meter Hurdles: 1. A.J. Beck, Sioux Falls Washington, 39.75; 2. Dan Marlette, Sioux Falls Washington, 39.88; 3. Alexander Klapperich, Rapid City Central, 40.24; 4. Tanner Waddell, Sioux Falls Washington, 41.6; 5. Mayuen Akok, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 42.9; 6. Tyrel Haley, Winner, 43.06.
400-Meter Relay: 1. Rapid City Central, 43.29 (meet record); 2. Sioux Falls Washington, 44.01; 3. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 44.05; 4. Brandon Valley, 44.78; 5. Mobridge-Pollock (Conner Stoick, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller, Jason Hill), 45.29; 6. Spearfish, 45.7.
800-Meter Relay: 1. Brandon Valley, 1:29.64 (meet record); 2. Sioux Falls Washington, 1:30.93; 3. Rapid City Central, 1:32.15; 4. Mobridge-Pollock (Conner Stoick, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller, Austin Borah), 1:32.63 (sq); 5. Pierre, 1:33.61; 6. Winner, 1:34.22.
1600-Meter Relay: 1. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 3:25.32; 2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 3:26.88; 3. Spearfish, 3:27.5; 4. Rapid City Central, 3:29.18; 5. Sturgis, 2:32.73; 6. Mobridge-Pollock, (Jason Hill, Mason Keller, Mitch Heumiller, Austin Borah), 3:33.15.
3200-Meter Relay: 1. Sturgis, 8:03.73; 2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 8:05.71; 3. Brandon Valley, 8:07.2; 4. Sioux Falls Washington, 8:19.1; 5. Pierre, 8:23.21; 6. Todd County, 8:48.69.
Medley Relay: 1. Winner, 3:43.01; 2. Sioux Falls Washington, 3:47.08; 3. Mobridge-Pollock (Conner Stoick, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller, Jason Hill), 3:48.79; 4. Brandon Valley, 3:50.43; 5. Spearfish, 3:52.82; 6. Mitchell, 3:56.09.
High Jump: 1. David Mulbah, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6-7; 2. Riley Sears, Pierre, 6-3; 3. Wyatt Weidenbach, Rapid City Central, 6-3; 4. Travis Barton, Pierre, 5-11; 5. Tanner Weaver, Sturgis, 5-11; 6. Dasioux Kahn, Sioux Falls Washington, 5-11.
Long Jump: 1. Jason Hill, Mobridge-Pollock, 21-3.5 (sq); 2. Dan Marlette, Sioux Falls Washington, 20-11.5; 3. Chase Grode, Brandon Valley, 20-8.75; 4. Austin Atwood, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 20-5; 5. Alex Wilde, Brandon Valley, 20-4.75; 6. Max Toenah, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 20-2.5.
Triple Jump: 1. Joshua Dotson, Rapid City Central, 42-7.5; 2. Tyrell Rosencranz, Spearfishs, 42-2; 3. Dan Marlette, Sioux Falls Washington, 42-2; 4. Ben Pril, Mitchell, 41-6; 5. Alex Wilde, Brandon Valley, 41-0; 6. Tanner Aberle, Rapid City Central, 40-9.
Shot Put: 1. Jack Lembcke, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 61-6.5; 2. Graham Protexter, Pierre, 49-6.25; 3. Max Reinke, Pierre, 47-11; 4. Brendan Harter, Winner, 46-11.5; 5. Dylan Bennett, Pierre, 45-9.25; 6. Aaron Beaird, Rapid City Central, 45-8.75.
Discus: 1. Jack Lembcke, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 173-7 (meet record); 2. Aaron Beaird, Rapid City Central, 140-5; 3. Tyler Kleinsasser, Huron, 136-7; 4. Brendan Harter, Winner, 134-4; 5. Kirby Hora, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 131-10; 6. Devon Braun, Spearfish, 126-6.
Girls Division
Team Points: Rapid City Central 137, Sioux Falls Washington 109, Brandon Valley 71, Sturgis 64, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 55.5, Pierre 55, Mitchell 35, Spearfish 33.5, Huron 13, Mobridge-Pollock 12, Garretson 4.
100-Meter Dash: 1. Cortney Dowling, Pierre, 11.74 (meet record); 2. Brooke Ireland, Sturgis, 12.02; 3. Alaina Klapperich, Rapid City Central, 12.07; 4. Kiana Maxon, Rapid City Central, 12.33; 5. Ashley Odenbach, Spearfish, 12.46; 6. Kristi Bickley, Brandon Valley, 12.75.
200-Meter Dash: 1. Mearah Miedema, Sioux Falls Washington, 26.13; 2. Alaina Klapperich, Rapid City Central, 26.33; 3. Peyton Stolle, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 26.46; 4. Evelyn Jorgenson, Brandon Valley, 26.77; 5. Krista Bickley, Brandon Valley, 26.77; 6. Courtney Bickley, Brandon Valley, 27.18;
400-Meter Dash: 1. Cortney Dowling, Pierre, 55.54; 2. Brooke Ireland, Sturgis, 56.62; 3. Maddison Sullivan, Rapid City Central, 57.75; 4. Courtney Bickley, Brandon Valley, 58.1; 5. Brooke DeVos, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 58.38; 6. Tanya Tingle, Brandon Valley, 1:00.84.
800-Meter Run: 1. Hannah Hearn, Rapid City Central, 2:22.78; 2. Haylee Waterfall, Brandon Valley, 2:22.9; 3. Courtney Klatt, Brandon Valley, 2:25.8; 4. Kelsi Kearney, Sioux Falls Washington, 2:26.48; 5. Caitlin Gehner, Spearfish, 2:27.08; 6. Adeline Straatmeyer, Rapid City Central, 2:29.13.
1600-Meter Run: 1. Savannah Childers, Spearfish, 5:15.91; 2. Allison Green, Sturgis, 5:19.12; 3. Adeline Straatmeyer, Rapid City Central, 5:20.7; 4. Kelsi Kearney, Sioux Falls Washington, 5:31.99; 5. Dannika Kocer, Brandon Valley, 5:36.06; 6. Paige Werner, Rapid City Central, 5:41.96.
3200-Meter Run: 1. Rachel Propst, Pierre, 11:28.72; 2. Allison Green, Sturgis, 11:36.96; 3. Shacey Burgess, Rapid City Central, 12:01.1; 4. Emily Mikkelsen, Pierre, 12:06.65; 5. Alyssa Bierwagen, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 12:12.38; 6. Kaitlyn Fischer, Sioux Falls Washington, 12:39.9.
100-Meter Hurdles: 1. Valerie Moos, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 14.97; 2. Ellie Rew, Mitchell, 15.13; 3. Mearah Miedema, Sioux Falls Washington, 15.38; 4. Ashley Solano, Rapid City Central, 15.66; 5. Becca Koehn, Brandon Valley, 15.74; 6. Tess Johnson, Pierre, 15.94.
300-Meter Hurdles: 1. Valerie Moos, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 45.9; 2. Taylor Koch, Spearfish, 47.92; 3. Ashley Solano, Rapid City Central, 48.61; 4. Hayley Durland, Sioux Falls Washington, 48.91; 5. Kiana Maxon, Rapid City Central, 49.16; 6. Ellie Rew, Mitchell, 49.64.
400-Meter Relay: 1. Rapid City Central, 50.12; 2. Brandon Valley, 51.35; 2. Sioux Falls Washington, 51.39; 4. Sturgis, 51.46; 5. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 52.27; 6. Huron, 52.28.
800-Meter Relay: 1. Rapid City Central, 1:46.92; 2. Brandon Valley, 1:47.15; 3. Sioux Falls Washington, 1:47.53; 4. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 1:51.83; 5. Mobridge-Pollock, 1:55.12; 6. Huron, 1:55.85.
1600-Meter Relay: 1. Brandon Valley, 4:04.76; 2. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4:08.01; 3. Rapid City Central, 4:08.32; 4. Sioux Falls Washington, 4:09.15; 5. Sturgis, 4:16.23; 6. Mitchell, 4:16.62.
3200-Meter Relay: 1. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 9:51.19 (meet record); 2. Pierre, 9:59.36; 3. Sioux Falls Washington, 10:03.32; 4. Rapid City Central, 10:08.92; 5. Brandon Valley, 10:10.81; 6. Mitchell, 10:36.52.
Medley Relay: 1. Sturgis, 4:28.01; 2. Brandon Valley, 4:31.66; 3. Spearfish, 4:32.4; 4. Rapid City Central, 4:33.43; 5. Sioux Falls Washington, 4:34.73; 6. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4:36.81.
High Jump: 1. Colette Christensen, Rapid City Central, 5-6; 2. Tevyn Waddell, Mitchell, 5-0; 3. (tie) Lindsey Prosser, Sturgis, 4-8, Anna Goodhope, Sioux Falls Washington, 4-8, Jade Visker, Sioux Falls Washington, 4-8; 6. (tie) Madisyn Waltjer, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 4-8, Hallie Schmidt, Spearfish, 4-8.
Long Jump: 1. Hannah Nieman, Sioux Falls Washington, 16-10.75; 2. Abby Wahl, Rapid City Central, 16-6.75; 3. Emily VanBockern, Sioux Falls Washington, 16-5.75; 4. Emma Terveer, Brandon Valley, 15-11.5; 5. Tara Eddington, Sturgis, 15-10.75; 6. Emily Burke, Rapid City Central, 15-7.
Triple Jump: 1. Colette Christensen, Rapid City Central, 38-0 (meet record); 2. Hannah Nieman, Sioux Falls Washington, 33-9; 3. Josie Dierks, Mitchell, 33-8; 4. Abby Wahl, Rapid City Central, 33-6; 5. McKenna Halverson, Pierre, 33-3.5; 6. Asia King, Huron, 33-2.5.
Shot Put: 1. Michaela Mayer, Sioux Falls Washington, 42-6.5; 2. Sydney Palmer, Pierre, 40-4.75; 3. Sydney Arrington, Sioux Falls Washington, 37-2.25; 4. Abby Sudbeck, Mitchell, 36-0.75; 5. Shelly Iburg, Mitchell, 35-9.25; 6. Samantha Tippmann, Rapid City Central, 34-10.5.
Discus: 1. Steph Gemar, Mobridge-Pollock, 128-9; 2. Michaela Mayer, Sioux Falls Washington, 117-8; 3. Katie Schoenfelder, Huron, 114-1; 4. Abby Sudbeck, Mitchell, 111-3; 5. Sydney Palmer, Pierre, 110-7; 6. Samantha Tippmann, Rapid City Central, 102-10.

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