Vermillion places at Big 8 Conference meet By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillion athletes earned three first-place medals at the Big 8 Conference meet on the VHS track last Thursday, and several other Tanagers enjoyed some of their best performances of the spring, narrowly missing state meet qualification. Team-wise, West Central's girls and the Lennox boys won conference titles in the four-school meet. Madison was second in both cases. Wyatt Hunter continued his excellent senior season with another shot put victory, throwing the ball 48'10" this time. He was also fourth in the discus at 124'7". Freshman Will Mart showed he is ready to step into Hunter's big shoes after this season by placing twice — third in the discus at 127'10" and fourth in the shot at 40'5". Carson Sullivan and Ryan Kost were two-time placewinners for the Tanagers. Sullivan toured the 1600 meters in 5:01.3 for second place and ran the 800 in 2:14.4 for fifth. Kost was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in :18.0 and sixth in the 300s in :47.7. Vermillion's boys medley relay foursome of Preston Ellenbolt, Greg Anderson, Brenden Raizola and Tanner Anderson clocked in a second-place time of 4:02.8, cutting five seconds off their previous best time of the season. The boys 800-meter relay team missed qualifying for state by six-tenths of a second. Mike Oberle, anderson, Chris Sargent and Cody Olson placed third in 1:35.0. Relays have been the Vermillion girls' strength all spring, and two more firsts and a second added to the team's accumulation of medals. In the 1600-meter relay Kayla Munger, Morgan Erickson, Mariah Dodson and Sarah Day won in 4:16.5. The medley team of Karissa Martin, Christine Epping, Day and Sophie Nehlich-Arobba was less than a second from state meet qualifying while winning their event in 4:32.4. Placing second was the VHS 3200-meter relay quartet of Sophie Nehlich-Arobba, Ellie Glover, Hannah Nehlich-Arobba and Erickson. Six-tenths off the state meet qualifying time was the VHS 400-meter team of Martin, Dodson, Epping and Munger. They placed third in :53.0. Highlighting girls' individual events were freshman Epping, who was second in the 200 in :28.4, and Ashley Brunick, who picked up a second-place medal in the 1600 at 5:56.0 with Morgan Hower right behind at 5:58.2 for third. The last chance for qualifying for the May 29-30 state meet was to come Thursday when the Tanager teams competed at the regional meet in Elk Point. Other VHS results at the Big 8 meet: Boys Events 200: Cody Olson 5th, :24.3. 3200: Robert Osterberg 4th, 12:08.6; Micah Rarick 5th, 12:13.9. 400m relay: VHS third, :46.9. 1600m relay: VHS 4th, 3:45.8. 3200m relay: VHS 4th, 9:40.6. 800m relay: VHS 3rd, 1:35.0. Girls Events 400: Kylie Fischbach 6th, 1:09.3. 800: Hannah Nehlich-Arobba 5th, 2:45.0; Ellie Glover 6th, 2:49.2. 3200: Morgan Hower 4th, 12:59.6. 100m hurdles: Christine Sorensen 4th, :18.3. 300m hurdles: Morgan Erickson 4th, :52.1. 400m relay: VHS "B" 5th, :58.7. 800m relay: VHS 3rd, 1:51.3; VHS "B" 5th, 2:00.2.