Vermillion to compete at State Class â�?�?Aâ�?�? track, field championships By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Nine athletes who qualified in six different events will represent Vermillion High School at this weekend's state Class "A" track and field championships in Spearfish Friday and in Rapid City Saturday. Two individuals from the boys squad will wear the VHS red and white. Wyatt Hunter will compete in the shot put at 9 a.m. Saturday, taking in the second-best throw in the state this season at 52'9 3/4". The only throw better than his was a 55'5" effort by Beresford's Kyle McKelvey. The other Tanager male qualifier is Mike Oberle, who will wind up his outstanding athletic career at VHS in the 300-meter hurdles. His best time of :41.90 ranks him eighth-best among the best times of the 23 qualifying contestants. The hurdles will be run in prelims at 3:30 Friday and finals at 12:55 Saturday. The VHS girls medley relay team of Karissa Martin, Christine Epping, Sarah Day and Sophie Nehlich-Arobba qualified by placing second at the Region 4A meet in Elk Point last Thursday. Their time of 4:32.50 there is 16th-best among the 21 qualifying medley quartets. One of Vermillion's best chances of winning medals at the state meet lies in the girls 1600-meter relay team. Kayla Munger, Morgan Erickson, Sarah Day and Mariah Dodson earlier had qualified for the state meet with a best time of 4:12.50, which ranks them fourth-best in the state among 21 relay teams. St. Thomas More's time of 4:07.50 is the best qualifying time. The VHS girls won their event to highlight Vermillion's day at the regional meet, breaking the tape in 4:14.8. Vermillion's girls 400-meter team's best time of :51.90 ranks them in a tie for fourth-best time in the state among 18 teams. That time earned them third place at the regional meet. The best time in that event in the state so far this season has been recorded by Tea Area in :51.40. Vermillion's runners are Martin, Dodson, Epping and Munger. The other Tanager team making it to state is the 800-meter relay team composed of Martin, Munger, Dodson and Day. Their best time of 1:50.30, set earlier in the season, ranks them in a tie for ninth-best time in the state among 18 qualifying foursomes. This quartet of VHS girls ran 1:50.5 at the regional to place second. Prelims in all four of Vermillion's relay events will be on Friday with the 800 at 12:15 p.m., the 400 at 2:30, the medley at 3:45 and the 1600 at 5:40. Finals in those events will be held Saturday at 10:30, 11:45, 1;10 and 2:25, respectively. The only Tanager girls relay team not qualifying for state, the 3200-meter team, placed third at the regional in 10:48.3. Among individual girls events, Ashley Brunick placed third in the 1600-meter run in 5:46.2. She was only one-tenth of a second behind second place. Finishing second would have qualified her for the state meet. Brunick also was fourth in the 800 in 2:41.8 with Ellie Glover right behind in fifth at 2:42.3. Morgan Hower was eighth in the 1600 in 5:59.6 and fourth in the 3200 in 13:13.1. Epping placed in two individual events—sixth in the 100 in :13.8 and seventh in the 200 in :29.0. Carlee Sorensen also placed twice, finishing seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in :18.7 and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in :54.3. Erickson was fourth in the 300s in :52.5. Hunter's second-place medal in the shot at 49'9 3/4" was the VHS boys team's best showing at the region meet. Will Mart placed eighth twice—in the discus at 126'7" and in the shot put at 41'9". Carson Sullivan was also a double placer—third in the 1600 in 4:55.9 and sixth in the 800 in 2:15.4. Other Tanagers who placed at the regional were Cody Olson, sixth in the 200 in :23.7; chris Sargent, sixth in the 400 in :56.0; Tanner Anderson, fifth in the 1600 in 5:03.0; Robert Osterberg, eighth in the 3200 in 11:48.2, and Oberle, eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in :44.9. Tanager relay teams were third in the 800 in 1:35.1, fourth in the 400 in :46.1, fourth in the 1600 in 3:34.1, fourth in the medley in 4:01.5 and fifth in the 3200 in 9:10.8. Dakota Valley won the boys team title while VHS was seventh with 56 points. Canton was the girls' team champion, and VHs was fifth with 81 points.