Carlson, Brown, Oberle earn state qualifier status at DV invite By Jim Prosser A contingent of over eight girls� teams and nine boys� teams from a four-state region participated in the Dakota Valley Track Invitational on Saturday, April 2.
Vermillion High School was represented by a less-than-complete roster in both the girls� and boys� divisions as Annie Carlson qualified for state in the triple jump claiming first place with a jump covering 35' 10.75". She also won the long jump with a new VHS record of 17' 3" which qualified her for state in that event, and ran on the 4×100 relay team. Alicia Brown won a state qualifying time of 26.7 seconds in the 200M dash.
Other individual Tanager placers were: Nicole Orr, second in both the 100M hurdles and 300M hurdles; Emily Renner, fifth in the 1600M; and Katarina Gombocz, second in the 3200M timed in 12:44.6.
Three Tanager girls� relay teams placed in the meet: the 4x200M relay team was first (Annie Carlson, Brittney Babb, Annie Roche, and Alicia Brown); second place was claimed by the 4×100 relay team in :53.8 (Nicole Orr, Annie Roche, Callie Sorenson, and Britteny Babb) the foursome of Orr, Babb, Roche, and Brown won the 4×400 with a state qualifying time of 4:11.5 minutes. The Tanager girls finished in second place with 86 points.
Elk Point-Jefferson and Sioux City West were first and second in the boys� division with 121 and 81 points respectively, while the Tanagers finished in eighth. There were 41 in the boys division.
Placing in the field events for the Tanagers were Donny Stewart and Jordan Anderson who were third and fifth in the shot put. Anderson was fifth in discus. Ben Oberle placed third in the long jump.
Running events had Ben Oberle winning the 200M dash with a state qualifying time of 23.1 seconds.
Michael Preszler and Casey Carlson were fifth and sixth in the 1600M run.
The 4×200 relay team of Andrew Pier, Ryan Powell, Jerod Freidel, and Ben Oberle were second with a time 1:39.1; the 4×400 relay team placed fourth (Michael Oberle, Paul Hammond, Jerod Freidel, and Ryan Powell).