Colman-Egan’s Julie Preheim was named Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year by the South Dakota High School Coaches’ Association.
“It is an honor to win Coach of the Year,” she said. “This award is a huge reflection on the young ladies that we have in our program. They are hardworking, dedicated athletes that are always putting the time in to get better. They are willing to step up and do whatever us coaches ask them to do for the betterment of our program.
“This award is also a reflection on my assistant coaches, who have contributed immensely to our success.”
The Hawk girls racked up a record-tying 116 team points to easily outdistance the field and win the title in the Class B State Track & Field Meet on May 28-29 at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City. Dell Rapids St. Mary (66) was second.
“We have a very talented group of girls,” added Preheim. “They had a very successful season, winning just about every track meet they participated in. We have several girls that can step in and run any event we put them in and compete at a high level.
“We qualified to participate in 15 events at the state track meet; we were only able to put the girls in 13 of those events due to event limitations and time between events.
“Of those 13 events the girls participated in, they won eight and placed second or third in four other events.”
CE posted top-three finishes in all five relays, including a trio of victories.
Olivia Baumberger, Elizabeth Moore, Daniela Lee and Josie Mousel won the 4x100-meters in 49.95 seconds and the 4x200 with a 1:45.52 clocking.
Presley Luze, Brynlee Landis, Elaina Rhode and Reese Luze took the 4x800 with a time of 10:11.62.
Mackenzie Hemmer was a double victor.
She crossed first in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.59 seconds. She won the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 2 inches.
Mousel successfully defended her high jump crown for the second time, winning with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches. She won the event as a seventh-grader in 2018 and an eighth-grader in 2019. The 2020 state meet was not contested due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baumberger was tops in the long jump with a leap of 17-11 1/2.
Reese Luze won the 800, breaking the tape in 2:23.8.
Hemmer, Landis, Baumberger and Reese Luze were runners-up in the 4x400 with a time of 4:10.43.
Lee (100; 12.48) and Hemmer (300 hurdles; 48.02) also posted second-place finishes.
Moore, Lanie Mousel, Lee and Landis teamed for a third-place showing in the medley in 4:26.33.
Reese Luze added a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (48.14) to complete the team tally.
“It was a successful season and I am looking forward to next year,” Preheim noted. “We have a lot of returning talent and talented underclassmen that should be able to step in and fill some of the holes that our graduating seniors are leaving us with.”
Preheim is the technology coordinator at Colman-Egan.
It marked her seventh year with a track & field program, including her fourth as head coach. The Hawks placed fourth at state in 2018 and third in 2019.
Preheim has been an assistant volleyball coach for 11 seasons. CE advanced to state for the first time in program history in 2020, placing fourth. The Hawks advanced to the Region 4B semifinals in basketball.