Area teams prepare for state track meet beginning Friday

The Spearfish  4x800 relay competing at state, from left: Ryan Peldo, Cole Herrmann, Ryan Rafferty, and Kadin Gifford. Pioneer file photo

SPEARFISH — Track athletes from Spearfish High Scool are preparing for the Class AA state meet while Lead-Deadwood and Belle Fourche are getting ready for this weekend’s Class A state meet, and Newell is getting ready for the Class B state meet.

Spearfish has 38 athletes who will compete at the Class AA state meet Friday in Brandon Valley, and Saturday in Sioux Falls.

“On the girls’ side, Mikayla Tracy has been running great all year. She’s kind of our team leader on the girls’ side. Cora Tobin has been battling injuries all year, but I’m hoping that she can do well in the shot put,” said Aaron Nida, Spearfish’s head track and field coach. “We are expecting big things from the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams.”

“Cole Herman is sitting good in the 800-meter run. Braeden Ferguson in the 300-meter hurdle, he placed last year. Again he’s had some injuries and he’s had some sickness through the year, so he’s had a rough senior year for him, but he’s starting to get back into form, so he will do well for us,” Nida said.

Other boys’ athletes Nida thinks will do well at state will be Jayden Deichert (high jump), and Evan Hehr, who Nida referred to as a “dark horse.” “He (Hehr) came out of nowhere at conference meet, so he could come out of nowhere and place in the shot.”

Nida added that he expected Ryan Peldo and Ryan Rafferty to be in the top eight, and he thought the 4x800 meter relay team is going to be pretty solid. Nida said the lack of depth could prevent the Spartans from finishing in the top half of the girls’ and boys’ team standings at state.

“I’m not sure how its going to come down in the final team standings. I think we can beat some teams, but I don’t know if we have the depth all the way through to get in the top half,” said Nida. “Our main focus is to (do) really well in the places we can, and try to do our best individually.”

Lead-Deadwood and Belle Fourche qualified a total of 26 athletes for the state A portion, which begins Friday in Tea and ends Saturday in Sioux Falls. Ten athletes will represent Newell at the state B meet, which will be held in Sioux Falls both days.

“It’s pretty close to where we thought we would be,” Lead-Deadwood head coach Will Malde said of the Golddiggers’ anticipated state qualifying numbers. Lead-Deadwood has some high hopes in the boys’ division, Malde said. He added Jordy Stulken, Kadden Dillman, and Trinity Brady have enjoyed really good seasons.

Malde said the girls’ team members have a chance to gain more experience. He added they are in a position to be competitive this weekend.

Brady is in a really good spot, according to Malde. The senior has qualified in three events.

Malde said that Stulken, the boys’ 4x200-meter relay, and Dillman are among the Golddigger entries who could finish in the top eight. That relay enters the weekend ranked fourth in the state, with Dillman tied for sixth in the pole vault, according to Malde.

Belle Fourche head coach Bill Abell said the number of state qualifiers is about what the Broncs expected.

Abell said Belle Fourche will have some top-eight place winners if things go according to plan. He added relays could be unpredictable, and the jumping events look solid.

Belle Fourche athletes have state goals besides turning in the season’s best times and distances. Abell described the aims as “take advantage of it, stay focused, and realize we’re going down there to do a job.”

As for possible top-eight finishers for the Broncs, Abell did not wish to single out anyone. He said anything can happen at a meet like this.

“We felt pretty good with our numbers that have qualified,” Newell head coach Kyle Sanderson said. He added the girls’ numbers turned out about as planned, and the boys’ numbers were very low due to injuries.

Sanderson said the Irrigators are hoping for a top-six finish in the girls’ division. He added the athletes are feeling confident with what they have done this season.

“They love competing, and especially at these big meets,” Sanderson said in describing the Irrigator athletes. “They’re excited to go compete against the best.”

Representation and events follow.

Spearfish girls’: Bailey Ackerman: Shot put and discus; Journey Childers: Pole vault; Lindey Dean: 4x400-meter relay and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Maddison Doren: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Karstin Dupont: Triple jump and high jump; Angela Hovdenes: 3,200-meter run; Jadyn Johnson: 4x800-meter relay; Alexis Louis: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, and 4x400-meter relay; Tessa Lucas: 4x400-meter relay and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Stella Marcus: Long jump and 4x400-meter relay; Vaida Petterson: 4x200-meter relay, 200-meter dash, and 4x400-meter relay; Dillan Richards: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Lilyana Simek: 4x800-meter relay; Cora Tobin: Shot put; Josie Tobin: 4x800-meter relay and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay ; Ella Torres: 4x400-meter relay and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Cloie Tracy: 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay; Mikayla Tracy: 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 4x200-meter relay, and 4x400-meter relay; and Callie Wince: 4x800-meter relay

Spearfish boys’: Bryce Ackerman: Discus; Jayden Deichert: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, and high jump; Carson Diedrich: Pole vault; Braeden Ferguson: 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, and 4x400-meter relay; Kadin Gifford: 4x800-meter relay and 1,600 sprint medly relay; Connor Glasford: 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay ; Jaden Guthmiller: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Evan Hehr: Shot put; Cole Herman: 800-meter run, 4x200-meter relay, and 4x400-meter relay ; Jacob Johnson: Shot put; Aiden McCarty: 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay; Ryan Peldo: 800-meter run, 4x400-meter relay, and 4x800-meter relay; Yoannes Peterson: 1,600-meter run; Ryan Rafferty: 800-meter run, 4x800-meter relay, and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Bridger Roberdeau: 1,600-meter sprint medly relay; Rigel Roberdeaux: 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run; Keenan Urdiales: 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run; A.J. Veldman: 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay; William Williams: 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, and 1,600-meter sprint medly relay

Lead-Deadwood boys: Jordy Stulken: long jump, 100-meter dash, 200 dash, 4x200 relay; Trinity Brady: 400-meter dash, 800 run, 4x200 relay; Kadden Dillman: pole vault, 4x200-meter relay, 1,600 sprint medley relay; Eric Schumacher: high jump, 4x200-meter relay, 1600 sprint medley relay; Pratt Williams: 1,600-meter sprint medley relay; Pablo Munoz-Fraga: 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, 4x200 relay alternate; and David Morris: 1,600-meter sprint medley relay alternate, 4x200 relay alternate

Lead-Deadwood girls: Natalie Janssen: long jump; Sara Jones: 3200-meter run; and Olivia Rogers: pole vault

Belle Fourche boys: Darin Hanson: shot put, discus; Aiden Giffin: 100-meter dash, long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay ;Sawyer Clarkson: 3,200-meter run; Jackson Tyndall: long jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400 relay; Kelby Olson: triple jump, 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay; Tate Larson: triple jump, 4x400-meter relay; Sage Geib: high jump; and Colby Nowowiejski: 4x100-meter relay:

Belle Fourche girls: Allison Hayes: 3,200-meter run; Harley Fischer: 800-meter run, 1600 sprint medley relay; Aspen Braning: high jump, triple jump, 4x100-meter relay, 1,600 sprint medley relay; Bella Jensen: long jump, triple jump; Laney Brill: long jump, 4x100-meter relay, 1600 sprint medley relay; Makenna Ward: 4x100-meter relay, 1600 sprint medley relay; Dru Keegan: 4x100-meter relay, 1600 sprint medley relay; and Jasmyn Jensen: 1,600-meter sprint medley relay

Newell girls:Dana Youngberg: shot put, discus; Lizzy Philipsen: shot put; McKaylee Mahaffy: discus; Kyla Emmert: high jump; Aryann Hoffer: 100-meter hurdles; Austin Alexander: triple jump, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800 relay, 1,600 sprint medley relay; Lexa Burtzlaff: triple jump, 4x400-meter relay, 4x800 relay, 1,600 sprint medley relay; Kayden Steele: 1,600-meter run, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay, 1600 sprint medley relay; and Rachel Erk: 4x400-meter relay, 4x800 relay, 1,600 sprint medley relay

Newell boys Payton Burtzlaff: 200-meter dash and 400 -meterdash

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