Track and field: Hup clears 13-9 in Sioux Falls; PA boys, H-BC girls shine in relays
By Les Knutson Daily Globe SIOUX FALLS -- Luverne senior Matthew Hup continued his outstanding spring as a high school pole vaulter by clearing the bar Friday at an all-time personal record of 13 feet, nine inches at at the 92nd running of the Ho...
By Les Knutson
SIOUX FALLS -- Luverne senior Matthew Hup continued his outstanding spring as a high school pole vaulter by clearing the bar Friday at an all-time personal record of 13 feet, nine inches at at the 92nd running of the Howard Wood-Dakota Relays at Howard Wood Stadium in Sioux Falls.
Hup’s performance was good enough to place third among a huge field of 63 high-caliber vaulters who were all competing in one class, regardless of school size.
Competitors in all individual events at the prestigious meet are mixed together in one class, while relay races are separated into two classes by school enrollment.
Pipestone Area’s boys finished among the leaders in three Class A relays. The Arrows were second in the 4x800 (8:23.13), third in the 4x400 (3:27.69) and third in the 200-200-400-800 medley (3:39.54).
Hills-Beaver Creek’s girls ran a stellar time of 4:15.20 and finished second in the Class B 4x400-meter relay. The Patriot girls were fifth in the 4x200 (1:51.40) and seventh in the 4x100 (53.21).
Individually, PA junior Tyl Woelber placed fourth in the high jump (6-5) and had the ninth-best distance in the triple jump (42-11.5), just behind the eighth-place performance of Luverne senior Griffin Ahrendt (43-3).
Luverne’s girls had three high-placing relay teams in Class A. The Cardinals were fifth in both the 4x100 (51.78) and 4x800 (9:55.26). LHS ran the eighth-fastest time (1:49.57) in the 4x200-meter relay.
Luverne’s Kammon Sawtelle had an exceptional throw of 119-4 and placed sixth in the discus. Windom Area eighth-grader Delaney Smith (12th, 37-1.5), Sawtelle (15th, 36-5.75) and Hills-Beaver Creek’s Kourtney Rozeboom (22nd, 35-10) each notched good distances in the shot put.
Luverne’s Logan Stratton was fifth in the boys’ shot put (51-11.5) and whirled the discus 135-6. Teammate Jeremiah Dooyema cleared 12-3 in the pole vault.
H-BC’s Zach Scholten cleared 5-11 in the high jump, Adrian’s Zach Bierman ran a time of 12.12 in the boys’ 100-meter dash prelims and Adrian’s Morian Bullerman clocked a time of 5:51.18 in the girls’ 1,600-meter run.
Two area milers -- PA’s Matthew Kennedy (4:39.10) and WA’s Nicholas Green (4:43.13) -- ran personal record-times and competed well in the 1,600-meter run. WA’s John Irwin (10:02.42) ran his fastest-ever 3,200-meter race.
Windom Area was ninth in the Class A boys’ 4x800 (8:40.55), 19th in the 4x400 (3:46.62) and 26th in the 4x100 (47.51). The Eagles were 17th in the Class A girls’ 4x800 (10:50.29).
Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central’s Koua Vang cleared 12-3 in the boys’ pole vault and teammate Ramsey Piotper leaped 33-0 in the girls’ triple jump.
Pipestone Area’s girls placed eighth in the Class A medley relay (4:25.62) and Angel Martens ran a time of 12:31.77 in the 3,200. Michelle Neece leaped 16-0 in the long jump (14th best) and ran a sizzling time of 15.75 in the semifinals of the 100-meter high hurdles.
PA’s Justin Kooiman was clocked at 15.98 in the prelims of the boys’ 110-meter highs and teammate Carter Nesvold ran a time of 52.11 in the open 400-meter dash.
Six area athletes win at Fairmont Six area athletes won individual events and four area relay teams finished first Friday at the 61st annual Sentinel Relays in Farimont.
Heron Lake-Okabena won the Class A girls’ medley (4:44.05) and Wildcat anchor runner Cheyenne Schaffer also won the high jump (4-10). HL-O’s Logan Knutson finished first in the 3,200-meter run (10:40.86).
Jackson County Central’s Damien Van Westen won the Class AA boys’ 400-meter dash (50.68) and ran the anchor legs on the Huskies’ winning 4x200 (1:36.06) and 4x400 (3:37.77) relay teams. JCC’s girls won the Class AA medley (4:28.75) and Molly Boyum finished first in the 300-meter low hurdles (48.72).
Mountain Lake Area’s Liana Blomgren won the Class A girl’s 1,600 (5:44.70) and Reynaldo Capetillo was first in the boys’ 400 (52.40).
Fulda’s Morgan Gehl ran a terrific second-place time of 11:42.43 in the Class A girls’ 3,200-meter run, finishing close to Martin County West’s Marissa Whitehead’s winning time of 11:40.35.