Edwards sets PR, boys look to qualify

Leslie Silverman

The Black Hills Conference Track and Field meet was one of the remaining opportunities for the Rangers to qualify for state competition. Overall Coach Joe Noyes said he was “really pleased” with the boys and girls track teams performance.
“Every week they show up and they compete at the highest level,” Noyes said.
Seth Knutson, Caleb Sobolik, Willie Walther and Devin Buehler crushed the competition in the medley relay event with a flat 3:52 time, well over one minute stronger than the second place team. The medley relay is an across the board opportunity to show the well-rounded nature of a team with both sprinters and distance runners being showcased.
“The boys ran awesome. The goal was  to get a qualifying time for the state,” Noyes said, who believes that based on their success this week will qualify. The girls have already qualified and are ranked third in medley in the state.
Senior Whitney Edwards scored a personal record in the discus throw with a 109-8, placing third for the Rangers.
“Whitney has improved almost 12 feet this year in her discus,” Noyes said. “She really showed up and turned a corner her senior year.”
Also at the conference meet, Abby Cutler took third in the 3200 meter with a time of 11:50:95.
Riley Wiese placed third in  the 200,  while Alaina Dean placed fourth in the same event. Wiese also placed fourth in the 100 hurdles.
The girls team placed second in the 400 relay with a time of 51:02. Abby Siemonsma placed fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Boys Rangers Tate Grabow and Leighton Aves finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 3200.
Grayson Rahn placed third for the boys in the 300 hurdles and Tanner Davis Placed fourth in the discus .
The team is going into regions at Rapid City Christian on Thursday. Noyeshopes that their success at region will carry them into the state meet a week later.


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