Moguls girls finish in fourth of 7B
By Brett Nachtigall
PRESHO – The Edgemont Moguls girls track team placed fourth overall in the Region 7B meet last week in Presho, while the Mogul boys finished eighth. In addition to having a number of athletes score points for Edgemont with top-eight finishes, the Moguls will also be sending a total of six athletes, plus alternates, in five different events, to this week’s State Class “B” Championships in Sioux Falls after placing in the top-two at regions.
“We had a real good day today,” said Edgemont head coach Joe Martin. “Combined, our boys and girls scored in every running and field event. Compared to our entries we exceeded expectations in many events, and while some of us finished the season as strong as we’ve been all season, we’re excited to be sending a strong team onward to State.”
On the girls’ side, 8th grader Bridget Neville placed second in the 400m (1:04.62) and qualified for state. She was also part of two relay teams which also qualified for the state meet, including the 4x400m and Sprint Medley teams.
The 4x400m relay, which placed second (4:51.66), also included Peyton Ostenson, Abby Tidball and Morgan Peterson. The Sprint Medley Relay team also placed second (4:50.44) and includes Tidball, Sarah Barker, Peterson and Neville.
Additional point scoring performances for the Edgemont girls’ team included Elli Hollenbeck who placed fourth in the 3200m (15:57.81), sixth in the triple jump (27-02.75) and sixth in the 1600m (7:40.80); Sarah Barker who placed fifth in the 100m hurdles (19.42) and fourth in the 300m hurdles (57.17); Abby Tidball who placed third in the discus (107-02), Lizzy Tidball who placed fourth in the shot put (32-07) and sixth in the discus (101-08); Peyton Ostenson who placed sixth in the 100m hurdles (20.54); and Morgan Peterson who placed eighth in the 100m hurdles (22.36). The team’s 4x200m and 4x100m relays also placed fourth.
“For our girls it was the first meet all nine were competing at once, and they performed courageously and unselfishly all day,” Coach Martin said. “We finished 2nd in the 400m and two relays, 3rd in the shot, and 4th in numerous events. Placing three in the 100mh for the second straight year, a strong showing in the throwing events, and gutsy relay teams made this a special day.”
Abby Tidball will also be competing at state in the discus after prequalifying the previous week.
On the boys’ side, Caleb Simons will be competing at state in the long jump after he reached a personal best distance of 20-07.5 to place second overall in the event. He also placed sixth in the 100m (11.83), and fourth in both the 200m (24.27) and 400m (53.58).
Despite Caleb being the only boy on the team qualifying for state, two other Mogul athletes placed in the top-eight and helped score points for the team, including senior, four-year letterwinner Kaleb Darrow who placed fourth in the 3200m (11:33.68) and fifth in the 1600m (5:09.88).
Joe Stone placed in two events with PR’s in each, including fifth in the high jump (5-08) and fifth in the 800m (2:20.32).
“Our boys scored in each individual running event, and I thought our PR’s in the long and high jump were outstanding efforts,” said Coach Martin. “We had our strongest runs of the season in the distance races, and our technique in the sprints is very good. The younger athletes continued to PR and added to the excitement of the day.”
Looking ahead to this week’s trip to Sioux Falls, Coach Martin said that it will be very special with this group.
“I anticipate we could break a school record or two and reach the podium on the biggest stage we get each year,” Martin added. “The kids have put in a tremendous amount of work this entire year and I’m happy they get to experience this together. They’ve been their biggest fans all season.”
Four Bison place in top-two of 8A
By John Entwisle
TRACK & FIELD FOOTNOTES
The 8A region meet held at Rapid City Christian last Thursday saw the Hot Springs track team qualify four individuals for the state meet this weekend.
The first qualifier of the day was Marcus Harkless and it did not take Marcus long to find his way back to state as his first toss in the preliminary round traveled 137-07 feet, a foot past the standard, score one for the Bison.
Next up and almost totally new to the varsity side of track was Jaylen Nachtigall, finishing 2nd in the 100m Hurdles (16:47). Jaylen has a very calm exterior, she never looked like an 8th grade runner competing against older more experienced runners and that is a huge key when you can focus in on your own race without taking others into account. Score two for the Bison.
Adam Consoer was our third qualifier of the day as Adam ran to a first place finish in the 1600m (4:46). This was perhaps the smartest race of his track career; Adam settled into fifth place on lap one, but never let the leaders out of his sight and when the frontrunners surged, Adam went with them and gained a few places. Lap three, Adam took the lead and threw in some surges of his own and then outraced a Custer runner over the final 60m to take home first place. Score three for the Bison.
Our final entry to state was Thomas Massa’s distance-like run in the 200m. Thomas finished 2nd (23.70); just slightly over the standard. Why would anyone refer the 200m open to a distance race? Well, the simple fact is that Thomas ran the style of race that Adam ran in the 1600m. He got off to decent start and coming around the curve when other runners started to pass Thomas, he kicked it a little harder to out race all but one other runner over the last 70m of the race to qualify for the state meet.
These four kids have earned the right to represent Hot Springs in the finest tradition of track and field. Each knows that in order to accomplish this, it takes work, sacrificing time to make it to daily practice and are willing to listen to coaching instructions. You can have all the talent in the world, but there is nothing better than watching kids give better than their best each and every day.
We also had some very outstanding performances from our other kids today. Seventh-grader Matt Close placed in the 800m open finishing 8th in a time of 2:22. Eighth-grader Blaine Goodsell placed 8th in the mile, running 5:42. Along with Kambree Maciejewski, the middle school runners that came up to compete with the varsity did an outstanding job. These kids were fun to work with and fun to be around.
Jinthe Umback, our foreign exchange student, competed well in both the 800m and discus. Just goes to show you what some kids are willing to do. Tell me when is the last time you heard a track kid tell you they competed in a throwing and running event? Just goes to show you that we have some very dedicated kids.
Garrett Heil and Caden Shanklin gave it their best shot today and along with Marcus, these three throwers placed in both shot and discus points, accounting for the majority of our team points.
Jewels Brown, Andy Wendland, Garrett Rhow, Carl Massa, Bailey Juehl, Jaida Kramer – even though not everyone made it to state, you gave your all in support of the team, and maybe next year will be your year.
We will be leaving for the state meet Thursday for a practice session at Tea. The meet will start on Friday, again in Tea. The discus will go off at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 100m Hurdles at 10 a.m. Marcus; in the discus, this is a final, while Jaylen will be running a prelim round in the hurdles. Thomas will be running his preliminary 200m at 3:50 p.m. Both Jaylen and Thomas could then run in the finals on Saturday. Adam’s 1600m race will be on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.
A big thank you to Amanda/Josh Scott, Jim Hayes and Neil Hohenthanner for much needed help and dedication to this sport. Neil is leaving for new opportunities in Yankton, so we all wish him well; tough to see a Mount Marty grad leave this area.