The South Dakota state track and field meet will have a dramatically different look this season with the three classes spread across three locations in the Black Hills for the duration of both days.?
The scheduling changes, which were made to help “mitigate risk concerns” of COVID-19 spread, will keep all three classes at their respective sites for the two-day event: Class AA in Sturgis (Woodle Field), A in Spearfish (Lyle Hare Stadium) and B in Rapid City (O’Harra Memorial Stadium).
Additionally, there will be only preliminary races for the 100-meter dash, boys 110 hurdles and girls 100 hurdles. All other events — with the exception of the 1600 and 3200 — will be run as three-heat finals. The two distance races, sprint hurdles and open 100 will be one-heat finals.?
Action from all three sites can be streamed online at SDPB.org/track.
STATE TRACK:?10 must-see girls events
Record watchers rejoice!?
There should be plenty of meet (and possibly even a state record or two) in jeopardy at this year’s boys state track meet with the likes of Watertown thrower Cooper Mack, Wagner pole vaulter Jaden Peters and the Viborg-Hurley sprint relay teams all slated to compete.
Here are 10 events that you absolutely cannot miss.?
’A’ POLE VAULT
Friday, after girls pole vault |Spearfish (Lyle Hare Stadium) | Meet record: 14-10 (Sam Pribyl, Webster, 2000)
After falling just short of the state record at the Dakota Relays, Wagner pole vaulter Jaden Peters said he wanted to clear Andy Henrichsen’s all-time mark (16-1, 1995) before state. Well, he’s done that (16-1.5) and now he’ll have one last opportunity to further extend his record. In case you were wondering, the overall state meet record is 16 feet.
’AA’ TRIPLE JUMP
Friday, after girls triple jump?|Sturgis (Woodle Field) | Meet record: 47-3 (Joshua Dotson, Rapid City Central, 2015)
Aberdeen Central junior?Sam Rohlfs and Rapid City Central senior?Julian Swallow enter the event with matching distances of 45-3.5. Swallow set his qualifying mark on April 28 at the Festival of Relays, while Rohlfs’ mark came last Thursday at the Mark Wendelgass Relays. A bonus name to watch: Milbank’s Bennett Schwenn (45-9.75) in Class A.
’A’ 110-METER HURDLES
Friday, 6 p.m. |Spearfish (Lyle Hare Stadium) | Meet record: 14.37 (Justus Adams, Sioux Falls Christian, 2018)
The top two sprint hurdlers in Class A, Sioux Falls Christian senior Mitch Walker (14.61) and Dakota Valley senior Gunnar Gunderson (14.98) go head-to-head in the 110 hurdles for the final time in their prep careers. Walker, who has bested Gunderson in their four meetings this season, ran a personal-best 14.61 at the Region 3A meet last week (No. 1 in the state).?
’A’ 3200-METER RUN
Friday, 6:45 p.m.?|Spearfish (Lyle Hare Stadium) | Meet record: 9:31.10 (Doug Galbavy, Lennox, 2004)
Belle Fourche sophomore Sawyer Clarkson’s qualifying time of 9:32.58 places him within a second of the meet record set back in 2004. Clarkson, who’s ran under 9:44 in three straight races, will have a strong challenger in Sioux Falls Christian sophomore Isaac Davelaar (9:37.73), the reigning Gatorade South Dakota Cross Country Runner of the Year. Both runners set their personal bests at the Dakota Relays.?
’AA’ 100-METER DASH
Friday, 7:10 p.m.?|Sturgis (Woodle Field) | Meet record: 10.59 (JaRon Harris, Washington, 2004)
This race is ripe for drama. Washington senior Matthew Stahl (10.70), Lincoln senior Gavin Fischer (10.73) and Harrisburg senior Evan Henderson (10.75) have sat atop the ‘AA’ leaderboard through most of the year. But in his final meet of the season, Rohlfs clocked a hand-timed 10.64. Fun fact: Stahl and Fischer both posted their qualifying times at the Rich Greeno on May 14.
’B’ 1600-METER RUN
Saturday, 10 a.m.?|Rapid City (O’Harra Stadium) | Meet record: 4:18.44 (Harley Hanson, New Effington/Rosholt, 1988)
Warner senior Cody Larson (4:24.04) and Jonathan Burkhalter (4:27.52) will race against one another for just the second time this season. Larson finished ahead of Burkhalter in the mile at the Dakota Relays, but Burkhalter ended the season ahead of him on the Class B leaderboard (4:27.52, FAT). The two finished 1-2 at the state cross country meet, as well, with Larson claiming the crown.
’B’ 4×100-METER RELAY
Saturday, 11:20 a.m. |Rapid City (O’Harra Stadium) | Meet record: 44.13 (Potter County, 2017)
The Viborg-Hurley squad of Angel Johnson, George Johnson, Carter Gust and Chase Mason clocked the best time in Class B at the Dakota Relays (43.35). The Cougars will look to match that performance —?and potentially challenge Potter County’s 2017 meet record —?in Rapid City. For what it’s worth, Gust is qualified for the 400-meter dash at 11:50 a.m. Mason and Angel Johnson will run in the 100 and 200 on Friday.
’A’ LONG JUMP
Saturday, after girls long jump |Spearfish (Lyle Hare Stadium) | Meet record: 23-4.50 (Curt Urevig, Howard, 1990; Jared Vlastuin, Lennox, 2007)
Tea Area senior Braden Beach’s qualifying mark (23-4) puts him within half an inch of the meet record. His pursuit of history aside, this is a quality field with Winner senior Brady Fritz (23-0) and Schwenn (22-7.75) also slated to participate. That trio ranks 1, 3 and 4 on the statewide leaderboard.?
’AA’ 300-METER HURDLES
Saturday, 12:20 p.m. |Sturgis (Woodle Field) | Meet record: 38.24 (Parker McKittrick, Pierre, 2011)
This should be a fantastic race with Lincoln senior Andrew Martens (38.88) looking to out-race Roosevelt senior Paxon Fleming (38.96), who holds the state’s second-best time in the 110 hurdles at 14.67. In terms of the gold medal chase (best time across all classes), both will be battling Chris Oostra of Class A’s Sioux Falls Christian, who ranks second to Martens with a time of 38.94.
’AA’ 4×400-METER RELAY
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.?|Sturgis (Woodle Field) | Meet record: 7:48.31 (Brandon Valley, 2010)
If Lincoln is to claim the gold medal in this event for the third consecutive season (2018, 19), it will have to outrace a pair of AA foes and fend off one of the A teams. The Patriots (8:19.60) are third on the overall qualifying list behind Aberdeen Central (8:11.89) and Brandon Valley (8:12.99) and just ahead of Sioux Falls Christian (8:19.60).
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Friday-Saturday, Sturgis (AA), Spearfish (A) and Rapid City (B); All times central
4 p.m. – Boys 110 Hurdles (3-heat prelim)4:15 p.m. – Girls 100 Hurdles (3-heat prelim)4:30 p.m. – Boys 4X800 (3-heat final)5:05 p.m. – Boys 100 (3-heat prelim)5:20 p.m. – Girls 100 (3-heat prelim)5:35 p.m. – Girls 4X800 (3-heat final)6 p.m. – Boys 110 Hurdles (1-heat final)6:05 p.m. – Girls 100 Hurdles (1-heat final)6:15 p.m. – Boys 4X200 (3-heat final)6:30 p.m. – Girls 4X200 (3-heat final)6:45 p.m. – Boys 3200 (1-heat final)7:10 p.m. – Boys 100 (1-heat final)7:15 p.m. – Girls 100 (1-heat final)7:20 p.m. – Girls 3200 (1-heat final)
4 p.m. – Girls pole vault; Boys discus; Girls triple jump; Boys high jump.To follow – Boys pole vault; Girls discus; Boys triple jump; Girls high jump.
10 a.m. – Boys 1600 (1-heat final)10:10 a.m. – Girls 1600 (1-heat final)11:20 a.m. – Boys 4X100 (3-heat final)11:40 a.m. – Girls 4X100 (3-heat final)11:50 a.m. – Boys 400 (3-heat final)12:05 p.m. – Girls 400 (3-heat final)12:20 p.m. – Boys 300 Hurdles (3-heat final)12:45 p.m. – Girls 300 Hurdles (3-heat final)1:10 p.m. – Boys Medley Relay (3-heat final)1:30 p.m. – Girls Medley Relay (3-heat final)
2:45 p.m. – Boys 800 (3-heat final)2:55 p.m. – Girls 800 (3-heat final)3:05 p.m. – Boys 200 (3-heat final)3:20 p.m. – Girls 200 (3-heat final)3:30 p.m. – Boys 4X400 (3-heat final)3:45 p.m. – Girls 4X400 (3-heat final)
10 a.m. – Girls long jump; Boys shot put.To follow – Boys long jump; Girls shot put.