JAY DAVIS: Thursday is ‘do or die’ day in track

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Thursday is “do or die” day for hundreds of track athletes across the state.

Those who are already qualified for their respective state meets are simply competing for more hardware to fill out their collection, but the kids who have not already qualified are out to try and have the best track and field day of their lives.

Track stadiums across the state will be filled with athletes looking for one last chance to earn a trip to the state meet. Sixteen Class A and Class B regional meets will be taking place at approximately the same time on Thursday with all first- and second-place finishers (and those meeting qualifying standards) earning their spots in the state meet fields.

If there is a team around that knows how to specialize in regional performances, it is Mobridge-Pollock. At last spring’s regional, the Tigers won 15 events and placed second in nine more. In 2012 (when the boys’ team was mostly set) the team won 10 events and took second in nine more.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers do not have a full bus yet, but you can be sure they will by the time the region meet is over.

The Region 6A meet is in Chamberlain where Mobridge-Pollock will be competing against Chamberlain, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Crow Creek, Miller and Winner.

The Region 2B meet is in Gettysburg with a cast of teams including Herreid-Selby Area, Eureka-Bowdle, Edmunds Central, Faulkton Area, Highmore-Harrold, Hitchcock-Tulare, Ipswich, Leola, Lower Brule, Potter County, Sully Buttes and Sunshine Bible Academy.

The Region 8B meet in Lemmon will feature Dupree, McIntosh, McLaughlin, Timber Lake, Wakpala, Bison, Faith, Harding County, Lemmon, Newell, Takini and Tiospaye Topa.

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