May 27—The state track and field meet is slated for three sites in the Black Hills: Rapid City, Sturgis and Spearfish. The Class B portion is slated for Rapid City both days.
Here are five items to watch at this weekend's Class B meet:
Burke eighth-graders lead two-mile pack
Burke eighth-graders Kailee Frank and Hallie Person are among the top contenders in the Class B girls distance races.
Frank and Person enter with the top two marks in Class B girls two-mile field. Frank has the fastest time at 11-minutes, 36.36 seconds, while Person has covered the distance in 11:40.35.
The distance aces are also among the top-five times in the mile race. Frank has a time of 5:20.45, while Person checks in at 5:23.90.
Gregory's Emma Thomas enters the mile run with the fastest time at 5:17.74. Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Isabella Brouwer (5:28.61) and Freeman Academy/Marion's Jada Koerner (5:29.76) check in sixth and seventh, respectively. Koerner also has the third-best time in the two-mile run (11:58.84).
The Class B girls two-mile run is at 6:45 p.m. Friday, while the mile run is 9:10 a.m. Saturday.
Bahmuller leads boys discus
Hanson's Hayden Bahmuller has a Class B-best mark of 158-feet, 9-inches in the discus throw.
Bahmuller achieved the mark on April 15 the Menno Relays and it's 10-feet better than the next best mark (Ipswich's Eric Severson, 148-11). Bahmuller also has the 5th-best mark in the shot put (46-6.5).
In the discus, Scotland's Jordan Gall (145-5) and Bridgewater-Emery's Lucas Mentele (143-7) have the fourth and seventh best marks, respectively.
The Class B boys discus event starts at 9 a.m. Friday.
Area boys teams aplenty in 3,200-meter relay
Four area teams are among the favorites in the 3,200-meter relay.
Freeman Academy/Marion has the top time at 8 minutes, 34.84 seconds, while Wessington Springs (8:43.24) has the second-best time. Hanson (8:43.48) and Platte-Geddes (8:46.82) are third and fifth, respectively.
The relay race is at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Menno field athletes among top contenders
It could be a field day for a host of Menno athletes.
Menno's Morgan Edelman and Owen Eitemiller have the top marks in their respective pole vault fields.
Edelman is tied with Estelline/Hendricks' Sadie Johnson for the top mark at 9-feet. Eitemiller has the best Class B boys pole vault mark at 12-6, while teammate Brady Fergen has the sixth-best mark at 11-6.
Menno's Raygen Diede has the best mark in the discus (125-7) and the third-best toss in the shot put (38-4).
Valandra-Prue, Viborg-Hurley boys project to score major points
White River's Caelyn Valandra-Prue looks to cap an impressive track and field campaign this weekend.
The future University of South Dakota sprinter is already a multiple-time state champion and can add more to her résumé in the Black Hills.
Valandra-Prue has the Class B's best marks in the 200-meter dash (:25.10) and 400-meter dash (:55.23). She also sits second in the 100-meter dash (:12.26) and third in the 800-meter run (2:22.42).
Valandra-Prue, who led White River to the State B girls basketball championship in March, scored all of White River's 38 points at the 2019 state track and field meet.
On the boys side, Viborg-Hurley projects to dominate the competition for the second consecutive Class B meet. The Cougars won the 2019 state meet with 76 points and they return a bulk of that team's scorers.
Viborg-Hurley's Angel Johnson, Chase Mason, Carter Gust, George Johnson and Hayden Gilbert highlight the dynamic group that projects to score major points in sprints and relays.