By Rich Winter
Over the last four years there have not been a lot of trophies added to the trophy cases at Bennett County high-school. Coming out of region 7A the Warriors find themselves competing against one of the TUFFEST A regions in South Dakota. In track, the Warriors find themselves stacked against always good Winner and Todd County teams.
And so, you get the feeling bringing home a Region 7B girls track runner-up is a big deal for the WARRIORS program. The girls finished as runner-ups, the boys third.
What a day for the BC Track & Field!
Awesome performances by our athletes and top 3 finishes in both boys and girls Team points -
Boys 3rd place and Girls Region Runner Ups! Congratulations to you all, you all deserve it!
That Bennett County girls team has some youngsters on it, and some talented youngsters at that.
Let’s check some of the girls results:
1st Fanning, Eden 9 Bennett County 12.78 1
2 Fanning, Eden 9 Bennett Coun 28.04
3 Pauly, Leaha 8 Bennett Coun 28.81
2nd - Nicole Porch sophomore 1:03.37
2nd - Nicole Porch 2:39.22
At center is Bennett County 8th-grader, Taylor Bylerly who won the 1600 meters over Winner’s Sidda Schuyler and Red Cloud’s Jade Ecoffey with a lifetime best of 5:28
Ya don’t score well at region meets unless you do well in multiple areas.
The Warriors captured titles in the 400 relay, were second in the 800 relay, second in the 3200 meter relay.
One of the real tests of track teams is how well they do in the Medley relay: Two, 200 meter legs, a 400 meters and an 800….Bennett County put their best four forward and scalded the competition by over eight seconds with a seasons best of 4:32 (This relay can place at the state meet).
Wanted to point out the contributions of the two seniors on the roster…
Jessica Begeman and Josie May.
Both have competed in sports galore in Martin over the last four years, and within that time span, not a lot of trophies.
But, these two picked up crucial points as the Warriors nipped Red Cloud 113-100 in team points for that runner-up spot.
Begeman was 7th in the 100 hurdles and 6th in the 300 hurdles and 6th in the discus (8 points)
May was 7th in the shot put and 8th in the discus (3) total points.
Hannah Risse picked up four big points in the long jump with a 5th place effort and near 14-foot jump.
Really excited to see the Warriors earning a trophy. Track is the ultimate measure of success as you don’t always see a lot of kids willing to pay the price (track is hard). It is the end of the school year and a lot of folks have shut IT down for the year.
Not Bennett County…
Good luck at the state meet and really looking forward to these up-and-coming youngsters having a magnificent offseason to only get better.