Class B state track preview: Two Burke eighth-graders pace distance fields

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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.

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