A couple of big-time South Dakota basketball players capped off their high-school athletic careers with outstanding performances at the recent South Dakota State track meet.
Aberdeen Central senior Paiton Burckhard had herself a heck of a basketball season. The young lady headed to South Dakota State this fall averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Golden Eagles win the AA state basketball title.
Early in May, she was named 2018 South Dakota Miss Basketball.
And, she won a state title in the AA shot-put in Rapid City!
1 - Burckhard, Paiton (12)Aberdeen Central 43-08.75
2 - Greer, Jasmine (10) SF Roosevelt 43-04.00
3 - Brady, Lexie (9) SF O'Gorman 41-04.50
Mr. Plitzuweit and his Tanager teammate came to run:
Alright so the first running final of the Class A state meet was the 4x800 relay of which Plitzuweit is a member. One of the best 4x800's we've ever seen at the state meet. On the anchor carry, Plitzuweit got the baton in third, and took the lead over Wisconsin bound, West Central senior, Derick Peters.
1 - West Central 8:06
2nd - Vermillion 8:07 (Asked one of the Vermillion coaches if that was a school record....They said no and reminded me that Todd Poling had run there in the 1980's...Oh yeah)
Plitzuweit does the impossible Friday afternoon:
Listen, I have been going to and paying attention to the South Dakota State track meet for a long time, decades in fact. But, until Friday of the 2018 state track meet in Spearfish I had never seen anyone anchor their medley relay team in the preliminaries and then run the open 800.
That's because they are like 20 minutes apart!
And yet, Plitzuweit ran into rare air.
The picture above shows Mr. Plitzuweit about 30 meters into his anchor leg of the medley relay (800 meters)....The idea there was to coast as easily as possible in that leg so as to save energy for the 800 20 minutes later.
Well, Vermillion won their heat and 20 minutes later, AJ was on the track again.
Had he been fresh, AJ would have gone under 2-minutes, but, with the medley team securely in the finals, AJ ran a 2:03 to finish 11th.
Later on Friday, AJ ran a leg on the mile relay.
On Saturday, the Vermillion Tanagers medley relay team finished 2nd....3:37, BUT, it took a Class A state meet record from Mount Vernon Plankinton (3:36) to hold off the Tanagers.
The mile relay team from Vermillion also finished 5th.
The Vermillion boys scored 28 points to finish 8th as a team.
Track, it does the body good!