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Warbirds, Lady Vikings claim 281 track titles

Posted: Friday, May 10th, 2013

HURON — Wolsey-Wessington added a 281 Conference boys’ track title to its list of accomplishment during the 2012-13 season on Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

The Warbirds used a total of 154 points to edge James Valley Christian for the team title by just seven points.

“We didn’t have a lot of kids out there, but the kids really went out and worked hard,” Wolsey-Wessington boys’ coach Greg Vincent said. “The boys thought they had a shot at it and they went, worked hard and got it.

“We went out a lot of days and we practiced throwing, jumping and running in the rough weather and I think that made a big difference,” he said.

Hitchcock-Tulare finished third in the final boys’ standings with 104 points, while Sunshine Bible Academy was fourth at 96. Rounding out the field of teams were Highmore-Harrold at 83, Wessington Springs at 61, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket at 38 and Iroquois at 0.

Wolsey-Wessington collected six individual championships en route to the team title with Hayden Hooks and Chris Williams each winning a pair of events.

Hooks won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 5 ½ inches and the discus with a mark of 130-4 ¼. Williams clocked a fast time of 11.38 seconds to win the 100-meter race, and followed that up with a winning time of 24.36 seconds in the 200.

Also winning events for the Warbirds were Roy Lumpkin and Lorenzo Williams.

Lumpkin won the long jump with a mark of 20-2 ½, while Williams cleared 5-10 in the high jump, which also was a state qualifying mark.

Jase Kraft won three events for Wessington Springs. He turned in a state qualifying time of 2:02.91 in winning the 800, was 4:30.62 in the 1,600 and claimed the top spot in the 3,200 clocking a 10:26.48.

Kraft also anchored the winning 3,200 relay team for the Spartans.

Nathan Wedel of James Valley Christian posted a state-qualifying distance to win the triple jump. He recorded a mark of 40-8 ¾.

Donnie Decker turned a state-qualifying time of 4:38.36, which also is a personal best for him, in the 1,600.

Jordan Houdek of Highmore-Harrold, who was third in the 1,600 behind Kraft and Decker, also turned in a state-qualifying time of 4:44.64.

Sunshine Bible Academy’s Brady Brockel, who was named as the meet’s outstanding senior athlete in the boys’ division, won the 400 in 50.88 seconds, was second in the 800 and helped the Crusaders to victories in the 800 and 1,600 relays.

JVC wins girls’ title

James Valley Christian collected its second consecutive 281 Conference girls’ track title on Tuesday.

The Lady Vikings left the rest of the field in their dust as they amassed 160 points to claim the championship.

“I’m not sure what else we could’ve done. We asked the kids to do a lot today in a short amount of time, like most coaches do in this meet,” JVC coach Jory Wipf said. “We really performed well. As the day wore on some times maybe started to fall off as kids got tired and it started to get a little warm, but we were still competing.”

Highmore-Harrold and Hitchcock-Tulare battled for the second spot in the final standings.

Highmore-Harrold emerged with a one-point advantage (106-105).

Wolsey-Wessington was fourth at 78, followed by Sanborn Central-Woonsocket at 75, Wessington Springs at 68, Sunshine Bible Academy at 54 and Iroquois at 0.

Jaclyn Loban, who was named as the meet’s outstanding senior athlete in the girls’ division, won a pair of events for the Lady Vikings. She turned in a state-qualifying distance of 39-6 to win the shot put and went 105-10 to win the discus.

Highlighting the day for the JVC girls was its 3,200 relay team. Tierra Decker, Julie Loewen, Gracie Gross and Charley Gross combined for a winning time of 10:30.46, which also established a new 281 Conference Meet record in the process.

“We started the day with our girls’ 4x800 relay team breaking the conference meet record,” Wipf said. “That was something we had our eye on actually coming in and it was a neat accomplishment just to add to the day.”

Loewen also won the 800 for the Lady Vikings with a time of 2:44.24 and JVC collected a victory in the 1,600 relay at 4:31.11.

Morgan Tebay claimed two of the four victories Tuesday for Wessington Springs. She won the 100 in 13.76 and the 200 in 28.84, as well as being a member of the winning 800 relay team for the Spartans, which clocked in at 1:57.02.

Shyanne Kopfmann had the other victory for Wessington Springs with a time of 1:03.22 in the 400.

Myah Selland won a 100 and 300 hurdles for Sanborn Central-Woonsocket with times of 16.79 and 49.52, respectively.

McKenzee Zilverberg won the 3,200 and the triple jump for Highmore-Harrold. She had a winning time of 13:37.93 in the 3,200 and had a mark of 32-2 ½ in the triple jump.

The Pirates also won the medley and 400 relay events.

For the complete article see the 05-09-2013 issue.

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