By Rich Winter
One of the events that I'm really looking forward to seeing this year is the Class A 110 meter hurdles.
One of the reasons why is that in Class A, the top-7 finishers return for what could be one of the more explosive events at the state track meet.
Returners: Results from state meet!
1st - Cooper Baloun - Redfield/Doland 15.08
2nd - Justus Adams - Sioux Falls Christian 15.19 (This guy is dangerous...one of the best 100/200 guys in Class A...he's also an excellent hurdler).
3rd - Caden Lamer, Tri Valley 15.57 (Third as a sophomore)
4th - Jonathon Doeden - Groton - 15.67 (Fourth as a freshman...that's RARE)
5th - Stephon St. Pierre - Wagner 15.70 (Is a junior)
6th - Cade Poppen - Hamlin - 15.89 (Is a junior)
7th - Ethan Gilbert - Lennox (15.97) (is a senior)
Folks, that is a load of talent coming back...Some young guns should be faster and Baloun and Adams should be well under 15-flat by the time state rolls around.
High jump: Alright, so we had a heck of a competition at last year's Class A State meet.
Four athletes got over 6-foot-5...One of them, then Hamlin sophomore, Cade Poppon.
1 Schmidt, Mason 11 Dell Rapids 6-07.00 10
2 Fykstra, DeJay 12 SF Christian 6-05.00 8
3 Bergmann, Cole 11 Dakota Valley 6-05.00 6
4 Poppen, Cade 10 Hamlin 6-05.00 5
So, Schmidt is bound for SDSU as the defending state champ in this event. Dykstra has graduated, Bergman is back and a senior. Poppon is back as a junior.
Love athletes that have a little range to them. Placing in the 110 hurdles and the high jump...Ya don't see that very often. Sky is the limit....this could be a premier event at the state meet.