It was quite the week for Sophia Atchison, from being named Prom Queen to breaking the top school record in pole vault. Atchison went to the state track meet last year and recorded the second highest height of 9’9” for the school. Meghan Kahler set the school record of 10’ in 2006. Well, that record has now been shattered.
At the Dakota Valley Invitational April 26, Atchison soared from the ground and over the pole to set a new school vault record of 11’6”.
Once again, Silja Gunderson shone in her events taking 1st place in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles.
Sophia Redler took 3rd place in the 800m and 2nd in the 1600m.
All the relay teams placed in the top 3. The runners in the relays were Redler, Grace Meyer, Izzy Linden, Emma Wiese, Abbie Burhoop, Jorja VanDenHul, Sophie Tuttle, Logan Miller, Peyton Tritz and Claire Kilcullen.
Rylee Rosenquist attained 1st place in the shot put with a put of 37’3.75”. She also took 1st place in the javelin with a throw of 109’7”.
VanDenHul took 1st place in the high jump with a leap of 5’1”. Emersen Mead took 2nd place at the same height and Siena DeGeorgia took 4th place with a height of 4’9”.
Cameryn Sommervold took 2nd place in the triple jump with a leap of 31’7”.
On the boys side, a lot of them showed their athletic abilities as well. Trae Piel took 2nd place in the 100m. Charlie Margeas attained 1st place in the 200m. In the 800m, Avery Bradshaw got 1st place and James Kilcullen 5th place. In the 1600m, Blake Schmiedt took 2nd place and Jack Brown 3rd.
The relay teams of Margeas, Braeden Howey, Jackson Boonstra and Piel took 1st place in the 4x100m; Brayden Stivers, Joey Bryan, Bradshaw and Piel took 1st in the 4x400m.
Piel, with a leap of 5’11”, won 1st place in the high jump.
Two days later, the Panthers attended the First Dakota Relays in Yankton, SD. Even though a lot of events were able to be completed, the meet was called due to weather. The 200m, 3200m and 4x400m events for the girls were cancelled and the 200m, 3200m, 4x400m and triple jump were cancelled for the boys.
Before all that, the Panthers showed their prowess amongst the other schools. Gunderson took 2nd place in the 100m, 1st in the 100m hurdles and second in the 300m hurdles.
In the high jump, Mead took 2nd place and VanDenHul 3rd place. Atchison took 1st in the pole vault at 10’.
The boys 4x100m relay team of Byrgin Gunderson, Margeas, Boonstra and Piel took 2nd place. The other boys participating didn’t place above 5th place in some of the events.
Up next for the track team is a meet in Lennox held May 3 and a meet Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.