Dylan Hass, Willie Anderson, Travis Hass, Jade Burma, Jace Burma (not in order) combined to help Sunshine Bible Academy win a well-deserved Class B state medley relay championship.
By Rich Winter
One of the really terrific event winners from last weekend’s state track meet was that of the Sunshine Bible Academy Medley Relay team. The fellas cruised to the Class B state title, winning the event in 3:45.05, four seconds ahead of a Thaniel Schroeder anchored Freeman Academy/Marion squad.
While winning the state title was terrific, there is a lot more going on there than JUST a state title.
Let’s venture back to the 2017 state track meet where then sophomores Willie Anderson, Travis Hass and Jace Burma along with then junior Chris Hass finished 3rd in this event.
2018 State track meet - Class B Medley Relay
2. Sunshine Bible Academy 3:44.89
2019 Howard Wood Dakota Relays:
Timber Lake 3:44.40
Sunshine Bible Academy 3:44.42
2nd place finishes at the 2018 state meet by (.06) and a 2nd place in the Howard Wood medley (.02) would have a lot of us feeling bitter and angry and mad at the world.
Here is what Sunshine Bible Academy senior and Medley anchor, Jace Burma has to say after re-posting a video of that Howard Wood Medley on his ‘Facebook’ page.
Our medley relay at the Howard Wood Dakota relays! A lot of respect for the boys from Timber Lake. Thank you for the video @sacredhoops - Jace Burma
And so, with a couple of near misses in their tool-bag the Sunshine Bible guys gathered for one more run at this Medley title.
Sunshine Bible finished 4th in Friday’s 4x800…
On day one in the medley qualifying 8th-grader Dylan Hass, junior Jade Burma and seniors Willie Anderson and Travis Hass qualified the team with a time of 3:48.
Moments later, Jace Burma finished 4th in the 800 meters: 2:01.
So, on Saturday, three of the guys that were on that third-place 2017 team (Willie Anderson, Travis Hass and Jace Burma) combined with 8th-grader Dylan Hass to run that 3:45.05 and finally bring home that State Championship trophy these guys have worked so hard for.
Well done fellas!!