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Boys rise to top of league; Lady Lynx place 5th
By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

May 14. 2013 3:02PM
Saturday’s Eastern South Dakota Conference meet wasn’t all about the fastest times – it was all about the placings, according to Lynx head coach Troy Sturgeon, who led the Lynx boys to their second consecutive team title.

“It’s one of those times when you have all the right kids in the right place,” Sturgeon said of the repeat title. “And when we get to May, all we talk about is team, team, team.”

The talks apparently paid off for the Lynx boys, who are poised to be a threat at next week’s Class AA State Tournament.

Senior Matt VandeBerg was a double winner in the long and triple jumps. And that’s become familiar territory for the reining Class AA champ who’s won both events at the ESD Conference meet three years running.

“We were hoping Matt would continue his tradition,” Sturgeon said.

VandeBerg sailed 21-8.5 in the long jump and registered 44-10 in the triple jump.

Cam Holmes was a four-time ESD champ Saturday in Aberdeen. The Lynx junior won both the 200 and 400, and ran a leg of both the 400 and 800 relays that took top honors.

“Four first places, that’s about all you can ask of him,” Sturgeon said. “So our big guns did what we needed them to.”

Sturgeon was elated about Brandon Valley’s double title win in the discus competition. Adam Kirkus’ throw of 144-4 landed him at the top, while senior Allie Koehn capped off her prep career with her fourth discus title. Koehn’s best throw of the day was 124-6. She placed third in the shot put.

“I was really happy for Adam. It’s nice for him to end his ESD career with a championship,” Sturgeon said.

The Lady Lynx sprint medley team’s first place finish was a good surprise, Sturgeon said. Knowing Pierre and Aberdeen Central would spread their athletes out to win the conference title, Sturgeon banked on the young foursome of Elsie Zajicek, Cortney Bickley, Evelyn Jorgenson and Haylee Watertfall, who pulled off the feat by posting a time of 4:27.59.

The relay win is a sign of good things to come for the Lady Lynx track program.

“Our girls team, considering how many young girls we have out, if they stick together and with what we have coming up, we could really have some success in the next few years,” the coach predicts.

The Lynx boy’s sprint medley team of Cole Boscaljon, Tony Tripp, Adam Bauer and Jakob Hanna also turned into a nice surprise. Sturgeon had the team locked into at least a fourth place finish, but they turned it up to clock in at 3:53.10, which was the fastest time in the race.

“We were hoping to get fourth place but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Sturgeon, recognizing Hanna’s stellar half-mile performance.

The Lynx track teams close out their regular season schedule at Thursday’s Last Chance Meet in Brandon. “We’ll go out there and try to get better times, better positions for the state meet,” Sturgeon said. “Because we’ve qualified in just about everything that we wanted to get qualified in.” Thursday’s meet gets underway at 4 p.m.
ESD Conference Meet
Girls team scores – Aberdeen Central 161, Pierre 102, Yankton 90, Brookings 71.5, Brandon Valley 62, Watertown 58.5, Mitchell 31, Huron 13.

Lady Lynx results (Top 8)
100: 8.) Courtney Herrick 13.07. 200: 7.) Tiara Tingle 27.64. 400: 4.) T. Tingle 1:01.17. 800: 3.) Sarah Presler 2:33.47; 4.) Jaidon Birath 2:36.25. 1600; 3.) Haylee Waterfall 5:27.29; 7.) Kaija Nitz 5:41.22. 3200: 6.) K. Nitz 12:03.30. 300 hurdles: 6.) Emme Sumner 16.62. 300 hurdles: 7.) Arika Jacobson 61.16. 800 relay: 2.) BV 1:48.26. 1600 relay: 7.) BV 4:29.14. 3200 relay: 3.) BV 10:32.13. Sprint medley: 1.) BV (Elsie Zajicek, Cortney Bickley, Evelyn Jorgenson, H. Waterfall) 4:27.59. Long jump: 8.) Emma Treveer 15-10. Shot put: 3.) Allison Koehn 37-3.25. Discus: 1.) A. Koehn 124-6.

Boys team scores – Brandon Valley 159, Watertown 115, Pierre 113, Brookings 74, Yankton 63, Aberdeen Central 47, Huron 11, Mitchell 7.

Lynx boy’s results (Top 8)
100: 3.) Ryan Immeker 11.12; 4.) Matt VandeBerg 11.23. 200: 1.) Cam Holmes 22.41; 2.) R. Immeker 22.75; 7.) Adam Guthmiller 23.13. 400: 1.) C. Holmes 50.83; 3.) A. Guthmiller 52.57; 6.) Luke Hyronimus 54.04. 800: 3.) Mitch Selken 2:06.69; 4.) Dillon Waldera 2:06.81. 1600: 7.) Zach VanEde 4:41.61; 8.) Jakob Hanna 4:45.92. 3200: 4.) Z. VanEde 10:08.17; 8.) Adam Presler 10:42.09. 110 hurdles: 4.) Trey Etrheim 16.33. 300 hurdles: 5.) A.J. Garrow 44.74; 8.) T. Etrheim 45.42. 400 relay: 2.) BV 44.86. 800 relay: 1.) BV 1:31.37. 1600 relay: 1.) BV (A. Guthmiller, D. Waldera, L. Hyronimus, C. Holmes) 3:33.14. 3200 relay: 2.) BV 8:43.56. Sprint medley: 1.) BV (Cole Boscaljon, Tony Tripp, Adam Bauer, J. Hanna) 3:53.10. Long jump: 1.) M. VandeBerg 21-8.5; 2.) A. Bauer 20-2.25; 4.) Drew Reinschmidt 19-10. Triple jump: 1.) M. VandeBerg 44-10; 3.) Alex Wilde 42-9. Shot put: 7.) Tanner Ploen 43-08. Discus: 1.) Adam Kirkus 144-4; 8.) Sean Rollag 121-05.

For the second consecutive year, the Lynx boys won the Eastern South Dakota Conference title. The team achieved the feat Saturday in Aberdeen. The Lynx boys will vie for the Class AA state title May 24 and 25. Submitted photo

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