Haines, Zeisler named Dan Lennon MVPs; five girls’ records are broken at meet

Haines, Zeisler named Dan Lennon MVPs; five girls' records are broken at meet Colt Haines of White Lake High School and Sarah Zeisler of Butte High School (NE) were named the Class B Most Valuable Athletes at the 2002 Dan Lennon Relays on Tuesday, March 25, at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

Haines was named the Boys' Most Valuable Athlete after outstanding performances in the field events. Holt won the triple jump (42-08.25) and the long jump (20-07.50).

Zeisler was named the Girls' Most Valuable Athlete after winning the 3200 meter run (12:11.41) and the 1600 meter run (5:32.86) for the second consecutive year.

She won the 1600 meter run (5:33.40) and 3200 meter run (12:04.80) at the 2001 relays.

Five records were broken in the girls' events at the Lennon Relays. The Parkston High School girls 4×200 meter relay ran a 1:52.49 to break its own Dan Lennon record of 1:52.53 set at the 2001 relays. One of the state's top hurdlers, Mara McGill of Beresford High School, set a record in the semi-finals of the 55 meter hurdles with a clocking of :8.70.

The previous record was :8.75, set by Traci Graves of Sioux Valley in 1999.

In the girls 400 meter run, Janae Mueller of Columbus-Lakeview High School (NE) had a record-breaking time of 1:00.24 and held off three-time Dan Lennon champion Kassy Leber of Parkston High School who finished in 1:02.41.

Diana Oolman of Fulda High School (MN), who ran a 1:00.7, set the previous record in 1984.

Fulda High School's Jenna Wendarff tossed the shot put 41-08 to break the record set by Londa Vanderal of Sioux Valley,

who had a 41-07 toss in 1995. In the girls' high jump event, Megan Smidt of Menno High School won a jump-off with Stephanie Bacan of Remsen St. Mary's High School (IA). Both had jumps of 5-06 to break a 12-year old record of 5-05 set in 1990 by Freeman High School's Dawn Farden.

The Dan Lennon Relays also debuted the 60 meter dash event this year. Travis Glynn of Nishna Valley High School (NE) finished in 7.24 to win the boys' title while Angie Pfeiffer of Colman-Egan captured the girls' title in :8.18.

In one of the most dominating performances in Dan Lennon Relay history, distance runner Kristin Hansen of Okoboji High School was named the Girls' Class A Most Valuable Athlete as she set three Dan Lennon Relay records and defended two Dan Lennon titles at the Class A events held March 25 at the DakotaDome.

In one of the most exciting races of the day, Hansen broke her own Dan Lennon record (2:18.80) with a clocking of 2:16.7 in the 800 meter run and passed Kati Grady of Le Mars High School on the final backstretch.

Hansen started the day with a 11:01.73 in the 3,200-meter run, shaving nearly 25 seconds off the previous record held by Jaime Kubel of Yankton High School. In that race, Hansen outdistanced the second-place time by 50 seconds.

In the 1,600-meter run, Hansen ran 5:07.59 to break Anne Schadle's (South Sioux City High School) record of 5:10.24 established in 2000. At last year's event, Hansen won the 800 meter dash (2:18.80) and the 1,600-meter run (5:17.60).

The Boys Most Valuable Athlete was Ralston High School's Shawn Swan who broke a 20-year old record in the long jump with a mark of 22-11 1/2, eight inches over the former mark of 22-31/2 set by Doug Vlasman of Madison High School in 1982. Swan also ran a :10.88 in the boys 100-meter dash finals, breaking the record held by Artis Garris of Bellevue East, who ran a 10.90 in 1992.

Seven total records were set or tied on the day. Other record-setting performances were made by Ben Delay of Bellevue

West High School with a 4:24.33 clocking in the 1600 meter run, beating the 16-year-old mark of Kevin Nelson of Brandon Valley (1986).

Brittany Speirs of Huron High School tied the Lennon meet record mark of 10-0 in the girls pole vault event.

Kimberly Hilton, also of Huron, originally set the mark in 2000.

During a special presentation at the meet, the Dan Lennon Award was presented to the 2002 recipient Jim Miner. Miner directed Yankton High School track and field teams to seven state titles and was instrumental in the start of the girls pole vault event in South Dakota.

"This is so special because track and field is a special sport. You run against opposition and against history. It is nice for me to be acknowledged for this same sport," Miner said at the award presentation.

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