STATE TRACK: SETTING THE STAGE FOR SATURDAY
The Menno boys remain atop the leaderboard in the men’s team standings at the SDHSAA State Track & Field Championships after the second day of competition, but with that total, coupled with what they have left, be enough to get them a team plaque.
That’s the question heading into Saturday’s all-final competition, where Menno’s 32 points is just ahead of Ipswich’s 31. Wolsey-Wessington is sitting third with 25 points, Wall is fourth with 20, and Kadoka Area and Canistota are tied for fifth with 19.
While there are a lot of points still up for grabs, Menno has only a few more chances to add to its total:
Izayah Ulmer will compete in the 1600 at 11:45 a.m., Cody Fischer will compete in the high jump at noon, and the Wolves’ best chance at adding points will be in the final race of the day — the 4×400 relay scheduled for 2:40 p.m.
On the girls side, Menno junior Ashton Massey is looking at what could be a career day. She is taking the top time in the field into the 100 hurdles final at 10 a.m., the 300 hurdles final at 1:05 p.m., and goes into the triple jump with Class B’s top performance, an event slated to start at 9:30 a.m.
Freeman Public’s Rylee Peters is looking to repeat as a medalist in the 100 and 300 hurdles, where as a seventh grader last year she was third in both. Peters takes the second-fastest clocking into the 300 hurdles and is sitting third in the 100 hurdles.
Freeman Academy/Marion sophomore Keaton Preheim will run in both the 100 and 200 finals on Saturday and will take part in the Bearcats’ 4×200 relay final, and the Freeman High School girls are eyeing strong finishes in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.