Young GUNZ ready to contend for Class A DISTANCE supremacy

Pictured from left to right: Thad Allen (Todd County), David Tuttle (Pine Ridge), Belle Fourche’s Sawyer Clarkson and Jason Bohl (Garretson) - Photos by Kernit Grimshaw

By Rich Winter

Originally meant to write a little ditty about two Region 7A freshman Thad Allen (Todd County) and David Tuttle (Pine Ridge). Both are tremendous young runners with a ton of potential.

But, after glancing at the results of the Class A boys 3200 meters, was quite frankly astonished by the number of young and quality distance phenoms that are on the rise.

1 Atwood, Alec (12) Beresford 9:55.10

2 Wulf, Camden (12) Lennox 9:55.34

3 Oesterling, Jace (11) Custer 10:09.57

Couple notes about the top-3 in this race. Atwood has quite the kick and he and Wulf, along with West Central’s Braden Peters are all headed to USD next fall.

Custer junior Jace Osterling stamped himself as next fall’s Class A cross-country champ with terrific performances in the 3200 and 1600.

From there, let’s check the young fellas, 8th or 9th graders that were in this race.

Milbank freshman, Nick Batchelor was 4th with a time of 10:19..Doubled back in the 1600 with a 7th place finish and a superb freshman time of 4:38!


Rapid City Christian 8th-grader, Simeon Burnbaun was 9th….10:26.

Custer 9th-grader Preston Drew was 11th, 10:37

Garreston 8th-grader Preston Bohl was 14th, 10:45. His dad, Jason Bohl is the distance coach for the Blue Dragons, AND, he once ran a 9:37 (ish) 3200 meters while competing for HOVEN.

Belle Fourche 8th-grader, Sawyer Clarkson was 16th with a time of 10:50.

If you look at the full-results:

11 of the 25 runners that competed in the Class A 3200 meters were either 8th or 9th graders…WHEEEOOW!!

Region 7A 9th graders, Allen and Tuttle will be worth watching


With all of the flooding near Pine Ridge and a ton of track meets that were washed out, Pine Ridge freshman David Tuttle just kept getting better. Started in the mid 12’s, ended up in 17th place at the state meet with a time of 10:54.69.

Kid has some talent and thinking if he has a good summer, podium at next fall’s state cross country meet could be in the cards.

Finally, Todd County freshman, Thad Allen had a quality state meet.

On Friday, Allen unleashed a mammoth kick on the anchor leg of the Falcons Medley relay team. The Falcons won their heat and advanced to the finals where they finished 5th.

About 35 minutes after that Medley 800, Allen took to the track and ran an 11:01 (that is very hard to do, even for upper-classmen)

On Saturday, Allen finished 13th in the 1600 meters with a lifetime best of 4:53.