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SIOUX FALLS — The college pole vault stole the show at the 93rd Dakota Relays. South Dakota's Chris Nilsen vaulted higher than any other American this season when he cleared 19 feet, 2.75 inches and created a thunderous roar on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Nilsen's mark was the best in stadium and Dakota Relays history and it ranks fourth in the world this season. Getting a front row view of Nilsen's performance were three Mitchell Kernel pole vaulters, who have their own dreams of soaring that high.
SIOUX FALLS — There was some highs and lows for the Freeman boys sprint relay team on Saturday. The Flyers first competed in the Class B 4x200 where they clocked a time of 1 minute, 32.98 seconds. The time would've been a Dakota Relays record, but it was disqualified because one runner ran on the lane line for three steps. But the team of Dalton Bodewitz, Collin Helma, Charles Harberts and Braxton Schmidt bounced back to win the Class B 4x100 with a time of 45.33 seconds.
SIOUX FALLS — Carly Haring faced some adversity in the girls high jump. But the Mitchell junior thrived when the pressure was the highest. And then went on to win the event, claiming her first Dakota Relays title with a jump of 5-feet, 6-inches on Saturday in Sioux Falls. "Carly had a different day," MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said. "She had a good mental approach, but there were some nerves with a bigger stage and some pressure with being the top jumper heading in."
SIOUX FALLS—Abby Sudbeck loves competing at the Dakota Relays. Three years ago, the former Mitchell Kernel set the school record in the shot put at the 90th edition of the annual meet. On Friday, Sudbeck was showing her skills in a new event—the women's hammer throw—for South Dakota State University. The junior thrower ended up taking second place in the event with a toss of 176-feet, 7 inches. "It's good to be back," Sudbeck said. "I love this meet."
SIOUX FALLS—It was a good day for the Mitchell High School track and field day at both the Dakota Relays and Sioux Falls O'Gorman Invite on Friday in Sioux Falls. The Kernels had many athletes achieve personal bests headlined by Miles Rolle's triple jump of 42-feet, 4.75 inches. "He's really invested his efforts into the triple jump this year and we're seeing the results," MHS head coach Joe Shepardson said. "He's bought in and gets better at every meet."
SIOUX FALLS—The high school boys triple jump featured some impressive marks on Friday night. Before the finals began, the Dakota Relays record of 46-feet, 5 inches was topped with a mark of 47-4.5 by Rapid City Central's Sage Hagen. Jumpers battled back and forth before Dane Allen, out of Bismarck, N.D., cleared 48-1.75 to win the event and shattering the old record. Chamberlain's Riggs Priebe took ninth with a leap of 42-10, while Mitchell's Miles Rolle finished 13th (42-4.75) and Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Daaron Tronvold finished 18th (41-09.5).
SIOUX FALLS — In a weather-shortened season, track and field athletes across the state will be looking to make a statement in South Dakota's biggest meet this weekend. The 93rd edition of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays get underway today and continues on Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. More than 3,000 middle school, high school and college student athletes will compete with some of the region's best. Many athletes will be looking to achieve a top time of the season or a personal best in front of crowds that match a state meet atmosphere.
Ever since she cleared 5-foot-7 last year, Carly Haring has been aiming higher and higher. And the Mitchell junior, a two-time state champion, keeps soaring further into the record books. Despite only jumping outside four times in practice and in one meet, Haring cleared her goal of 5-8 last week at the First Dakota Relays in Yankton. It was a significant jump as she reset her school record and entered rare terroritty by reaching a top-10 all-time South Dakota mark.
WAGNER — Jaden Peters had a record day on Monday. It was a double record-setting performance for the Wagner freshman. Peters broke the Little Missouri Valley Conference boys pole vault record with a jump of 13-feet, 1.5 inches and then topped the Wagner school record by clearing 13-3.5. It was the first time Peters had cleared 13 feet in a competition.
Jacob Rice and the University of Jamestown men's golf team won the Northern Star Athletic Association Championship on Tuesday at Prairie Links Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa. The Jimmies carded a team score of 1,189 in four rounds to win the six-team tournament for the first time in six seasons. Rice, a Mitchell native, carded a 3-over 75 on Monday and a 4-over 76 on Tuesday to finish third with a 299 (73, 75, 75, 76). The Jimmies qualify for the NAIA National Tournament at TPC Deere Run May 15-18 in Silvis, Illinois.