Alright, as we head towards the middle of June, I'm just about done talking track & field, but, I would be remiss in not mentioning a couple of the really brilliant efforts that came from the South Dakota state meet a few weeks back.
Madison senior Olivia Ruud and the Madison 4x400: By all accounts, Madison senior Olivia Ruud has had herself a monster athletic career for the Bulldogs. She's headed to Northern State this fall to play volleyball, and, her and her b-ball teammates reached the Class A championship game after having a sub .500 regular season.
At the state track meet, Ruud, who had herself a marvelous track career, may have saved her best for last. After finishing 5th in the open 400 and 6th in the 200, Ruud and her teammates, Jenni Giles, Anna Theophilus, Jessi Giles and Ruud (All seniors) won a state title in the 4x400. Early in the season it looked like St. Thomas More would run away with this race, but Madison, anchored by Ruud got to the tape first. (What a great effort by a group of seniors who never stopped competing until their high-school careers were over).
1. Madison 4:03.46
2. St. Thomas More - 4:04.41
Jones County 7th-grader Jolie Dugan 3rd in Class B 3200 meters
How about the efforts of Jones County 7th-grader, Jolie Dugan who finished 3rd in the Class B 3200 meters on a seriously hot day during the state track meet in Rapid City.
Dugan came back to finish 10th in the 1600 on Saturday, but you look at the girls ahead of her in the 3200, Maddie Fairley (Gayville-Volin) and Josie Olson (Deubrook Area) and those are girls that had exceptional cross country season a year ago. I look for a big summer from Dugan who should have a monster 8th-grade year for the Coyotes.
Class B girls 3200 meters:
1st - Maddy Fairley 11:53
2nd - Josie Olson 12:20
3rd - Jolie Dugan 12:26
Burke/South Central wins Class B girls golf title:
Billie Joe Indahl's BSC girls have been chasing that elusive state title for the last four years and last week in Watertown, the Cougars delivered.
BSC - 523
Duebrook - 542
Howard - 545
Senior Tressa Bull wins Medalist Honors:
The individual state title came down to BSC's Tressa Bull and her sophomore teammate, Taylee Indahl. In the end, Bull was one stroke better over the 36 holes, shooting a 167 as Indahl finished with a 168.
Couldn't find it but it seems like BSC's biggest supporter, Mavis Beckers had a birthday right around then and the girls, the team got her a super-duper birthday cake to commemorate the occasion.
Gregory's JJ Beck finishes 2nd in Class B golf:
I will freely admit that one of the guys I can't wait to see competing this fall, in football is Gregory senior J.J. Beck. The Gorillas lost a lot from the back-to-back 9AA football champs, and Beck is an absolutely punishing RB and LB.
But, who is going to play QB, who gets the carries for Brian Allmendinger's squad...HMMMM?
Despite Beck's pads making THAT SOUND when he hits people, the guy is a dang good golfer. After firing a 77/73 at the Class B state golf tourney last week, Beck finished in 2nd place in the Class B competition.
Aaron Voigt - Fired up that he went for it in the 1600 meters:
What a great team result for the Gregory track team as the fellas scored 37 points to finish in a tie with Wall for third place. On Friday of the state track meet, Voigt broke through the Daniel Burkhalter barrier and claimed his first and only state title, winning the 3200 meters with a time of 10:08.96. It was so hot on that Friday and Voigt, who really cranked it up a notch this year, was just too strong for anyone else in the field.
On Saturday, during the 1600, with one lap to go, Voigt went for it against one of the most accomplished runners in Class B history (Burkhalter, the Bison senior who is headed to SDSU this fall). Voigt took the lead and attacked the race with about 300 meters left.
Burkhalter passed him on the final stretch, but a 2nd place finish, as well as running a leg on the 4th place medley relay were big points for the Gorillas as they climbed up the ladder in team points. Didn't get to see Voigt very much this year, but whatever he did to get better, he did it well.
Winner's Brady Fritz is worth the price of admission:
Check out what Winner freshman Brady Fritz did at the state track meet his 9th-grade year.
100 meters: 11.18 - Third
Triple jump: 43'.25" - 3rd place
Long jump: 22'8" - 3rd place
4x100: Alright, so during Friday's preliminaries, Winner did not run well and they barely squeaked into the final where they ran from lane 1. Pretty impressive stuff for the Warriors as Riley Calhoon, Nolan Sachtjen, Joren Bruun and Brady Fritz finished 2nd with a 44.4
Winner scored 26 points and finished 10th as a team.
P/G's Trevor Sprik throws no-hit ball and hits a GRAND-SLAM!
Couldn't help but notice a post from Kristina Sprik who noted that she was paying attention to a recent P/G Legion game while in Colorado. Her boy, Trevor, the recently graduated P/G senior, got the start on the mound and threw a no-hitter through three innings (Eventually was relieved by Cole Nachtigal).
And, he hit a Grand-Slam to help the cause.
That is a second grand-slam this summer, the first came during a high-school playoff game against St. Thomas More.