Gemar second in discus at Howard Wood Relays
Steph Gemar took second place and two boys’ relay teams placed at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday.
Gemar tabbed her second-place finish with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches. While that throw was farther than anyone else has gone in Class A this season (Gemar’s season best is 134-3), she could not keep up with Kiana Phelps of Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central, Iowa. Phelps launched the disc 155 feet.
“Steph threw very well,” said coach Marty Looyenga. “It was a bad wind for a lefty, but like coach Lamb says, ‘Steph could throw 130 in a tornado.’”
Phelps handed Gemar her first defeat since the Black Hills Classic last season.
Gemar did get to see what might be her stiffest competition at the state level. Clark-Willow Lake throwers Kalli Bell and Mackenzie Huber finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Despite being hampered by an ill runner, the boys finished sixth in the 1600-meter relay and seventh in the 800-meter relay.
“Mason (Keller) had the flu,” said Looyenga. “He tried to run, but felt terrible. Gary Wollman stepped for the 1600 and did a good job.”
The 1600 team ran a 3:38.85 for sixth place. Jason Hill, Mitch Heumiller and Austin Borah raced with Wollman.
Keller, Heumiller, Borah and Conner Stoick ran a 1:33.93 for seventh in the 800.
The 400-meter and medley teams were each one away from placing with ninth-place finishes. Stoick, Heumiller, Keller and Hill ran a 46-34 in the 400. Heumiller, Keller, Hill and Wollman ran a 3:50.58 in the medley.
“The boys had kind of an off day,” said Looyenga. “It’s not that they were bad, but this was the cream of the crop and this was an average day for them.”
Borah ran in the open 400. He his time of 52.3 seconds was good for only 15th, but was the third fastest among the Class A boys entered.
Hill went 19-2.5 in the long jump. He finished 16th in field, but fourth among Class A boys.
The Lady Tigers finished in the pack in all four of their relay races, but had a pretty good weekend, with two of their fastest times of the season.
“I’m happy with how the girls ran,” said Looyenga. “They keep improving.”
The 1600-meter team of Lauren Henderson, Ashton Wiederholt, Cass Heumiller and Grace Wollman finished 13th with a season-best time of 4:28.32.
Alexa Schaefbauer, Kayla Schneider, Wollman and Henderson ran their fasted medley of the year. They ran 4:45.2 and finished 19th.
The 400 and 800 teams both finished 17th. Schaefbauer, Schneider, Maranda Wagner and Autumn Schlomer ran the 400 in 55.76 seconds. Schaefbauer, Schlomer, Schneider and Wollman ran a 1:55.73 in the 800.
Black Hills Classic
The team heads west this weekend to compete in the Black Hills Classic. The meet runs Saturday in Sturgis.
Like the Howard Wood, the Tigers will get another chance to prove themselves against some of the best competition in the state.
“It’s go time,” said Looyenga.
The Tigers will stay closer to home on Tuesday when they run at the Eureka Legion Invitational.
Howard Wood Relays
High School Girls Discus: 1. Kiana Phelps, Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central, Iowa, 155-0; 2. Steph Gemar, Mobridge-Pollock, 129-9; 3. Abby Sudbeck, Mitchell, 127-5; 4. Sydney Palmer, Pierre, 127-4; 5. Michaela Mayer, Sioux Falls Washington, 126-10; 6. Kalli Bell, Clark-Willow Lake, 125-4; 7. Mackenzie Huber, Clark-Willow Lake, 122-3; 8. Paige Hoffman, Aberdeen Central, 121-0.
High School Boys 4X200-Meter Relay Class A: 1. Dell Rapids, 1:31.63; 2. Canton, 1:32.12; 3. Bon Homme, 1:32.45; 4. St. Thomas More, 1:32.45; 5. Madison, 1:33.55; 6. West Central, 1:33.69; 7. Mobridge-Pollock (Conner Stoick, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller, Austin Borah), 1:33.93; 8. West Lyon, Iowa, 1:34.12.
High School Boys 4X400-Meter Relay Class A: 1. Bon Homme, 3:30.87; 2. Custer, 3:31.52; 3. St. Thomas More, 3:35.36; 4. Sioux Falls Christian, 3:38.67; 5. Dell Rapids, 3:38.76; 6. Mobridge-Pollock (Jason Hill, Mitch Heumiller, Mason Keller, Austin Borah), 3:38.85; 7. McCook Central/Montrose, 3:39.48; 8. Winner, 3:39.59.