Track and field is looking strong in Hill City with another great meet courtesy of your local hard working student-athletes.
The fastest ever girls 400 meters in Hill City was recorded, along with several season and personal bests.
For the Lady Rangers in the field events, Kelby Weiderhold captured two victories. Weiderhold won the long jump in a
personal best 14'8" and took first in the discus with a throw of 89'10". Other placers in the discus were Stephanie
Burleson (3rd- 82'2") and Amanda Straw (5th 77'1"). Wedierhold was also 5th in the high jump (4'6"). Jessica
McDonald was 4th in the same event (4'6"). Burleson was the king of the ring in the shot put, throwing a personal record
of 31'11.5". In the triple jump, Catherine Hayen had her best jump of the year for 6th place (25'0").
It was fire on the track for the girls, with Freshman Jessica McDonald rocking the 400 meters; winning the race in 1:01.02
and setting the school record in the process. McDonald's time is currently the second best time in Class A this season.
In the same race, Mariah Asheim set a personal best, running 1:04.25 to finish in third place. Stephanie Qualm ran her season
best time in the 1600 (5:38.84), besting second place by over one minute. A short while later, these three girls, along with
Makenzie Swanson led a 1-4 Hill City sweep in the 800 meters. Qualm won the event in 2:42.78; Asheim was a close 2nd (2:42.18),
McDonald right there for 3rd (2:43.40) and Swanson ran well for 4th in 2:48.72. The Hill City girls 4x400 relay team of Asheim,
Kelby Weiderhold, Qualm and McDonald won the event in 4:35.38.
On the field for the boys, Quint Wooldrige joined Burleson as a shot put champion. Wooldridge had a personal best launch
of 41'9.5". In the discus, Trevor Rosskneckt was 5th (107'3"). Jacob Allen placed 2nd in the triple jump (39'1"),
Justin Klein was 5th in the high jump (5'6") and Kyle Alexander was 6th in the long jump with a personal best jump of
The boys swept the 100 meter dash in almost identical times. Chance Clason won the event in 11.70, Adrian Salinas finished
right behind in 11.71 and Allen raced to third in 11.73. In the boys 200 meters, Andy Coy ran his personal best time (23.22)
to win, with Clason finishing 4th (24.34). In the boy's 400 meters, Andy Quenzer ran a personal record (55.71) for 3rd place.
Hill City had three placers in the boys 1600 meters, with Coy winning in a personal best 4:38.21, Hudson Koel racing to second
in 4:47.24 and Clint Lewis finishing 4th and breaking the 5 minute barrier (4:58.93). Freshman Nick Mercy ran another gutsy
race, winning the boy's 800 meter event in 2:19.84 for a personal best. John Bintliff entered the 3200 meter run at the last
minute and ended up taking second place (11:33.93). In the hurdles, Hill City had numerous placers again with Allen finishing
runner-up in the 110 hurdles (16.44). Colton McLaughlin and Alexander were 5th and 6th respectively, in 18.85 and 18.95.
Alexander's time was his best ever. In the 300 meter hurdles, Alexander led the way in 2nd(45.76) followed by McLaughlin
(3rd- 47.44) and Josh Robison (49.49). In the relay events, the Rangers held their own. The combination of Clason, Quenzer,
Bintliff and Mercy won the 4x800 in 9:33.28. The 4x100 relay team of Cody Skiles, Cody Cober, Alexander and Klein finished
3rd (50.60). The 800 meter relay also placed, finishing 4th in 1:48.86. The team consisted of Tyler Dewsbury, Rossknecht,
Wooldrige and Ryan Gimbel. The 1600 meter sprint medley relay team of Allen, Skiles, Clason and Salinas put up a good battle
with Belle Fourche and finished 2nd (3:57.86). The 1600 meter relay team of Quenzer, Lewis, Bintliff and Skiles was 2nd (3:53.2).
The Rangers will compete in the Black Hills Track Classic on Tuesday with events beginning at 9:00am. This weekend, the
Rangers will take a few athletes to the Howard Wood/Dakota Relays. The Rangers will also compete at the Mountain West Invitational
at Lead on Saturday.