Class B sprints: Is there a new sheriff in the Class B ranks

At left, Caelyn Valandra-Prue is a two-time defending state champ in the 400 meters. CVP transferred to White River this fall and this Lady Tiger will make some noize in the Class B sprints/other? At right, Chester Area junior, Makenna Larson is the defending Class B state champ in the 100 and 200 meters

By Rich Winter

Not a lot of early track results across South Dakota so far this spring. One that did kind of jump off the page was a 100 meter performance by Chester Area junior, Makenna Larson. At the SDSU Indoor meet on March 22, Larson clocked a 12.87 in the 100 meters while clobbering a field of AA runners. (Meet record is 12.76)

Results of that 100 meters:

1. Larson, Makenna Chester Area 12.87

2. Kur, Nyanas, Washington 12.89

3. Jerstad, Elizabeth Sioux Falls Lincoln 13.04

4 Petterson, Laura Washington 13.12

Last week, I feel like a few more Class B fans became aware of White River’s Caelyn Valandra-Prue. The sophomore was named to the Class B, First-Team (basketball) after helping lead White River to a 6th place finish at the state tournament.

Class B athletic fans: Brace yourself, a storm is coming, CVP enters her sophomore campaign as a two-time Class A 400-meter champion. Valandra-Prue broke the state-meet record in the 400 as an 8th-grader.

Let’s put up some times from the state meets a year ago.

100 meters 2018 state meet results for Valandra-Prue and Larson

1 Larson, Makenna (10) Chester Area 12.59

3. Valandra-Prue, Caelyn (9) Todd County 12.38

200 meter 2018 state meet results:

1 Larson, Makenna (10)Chester Area 25.88 (Deubrook now senior Ashley Vandermeer was 2nd, 25.97)

3 Valandra-Prue, Caelyn (9)Todd County 25.59

Entering the season, CVP is the clear favorite to win the 400:

2018 Class A 400 Meters: CVP, champ, 57.54

The top returner from the Class B field is Dell Rapids St. Mary’s sophomore, Ella Heinitz who clocked a 1:00.58 to take 2nd in the 2018 Class B, 400 final.