Flandreau sent several athletes to Sioux Falls over the past weekend to see tough and highly ranked competition.
“More solid efforts and personal bests graced the O’Gorman Invitational Friday in Sioux Falls,” said Head Coach Owen Parsley.
The Fliers send a few athletes to the Howard Wood Dakota Relays and most participate at O’Gorman.
Junior Tathan Headrick rose to 9’6” in pole vault which puts him currently at 19th in the state Class A division. Flandreau has ressurected Pole Vault this season.
Junior Reese Olinger just missed the top six medals with a 7th place 3:00.33 in the A division open 80 meter run.
Eighth grader Josie Hamilton cracked the Flandreau girls top 10 in the two mile with her 5th place finish at 12:47.35.
The gorgeous weather and salty competition made for an excellent meet.”
Howard Wood Dakota Relays
Flandreau’s Cassidy Keith placed third in the Class A 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.38. Claire Sheppard was fourth in the 400 in 1:05.54.
Josie Hamilton competed in the open 3,200, taking fifth with a 12:47.35 clocking.
The girls medley relay consisting of Sheppard, Keith, Isabella Pavlis and Faith Weise posted a fifth place finish in the girls Class A division at 4:26.6.
“These girls ran brilliantly, besting their previous time by thirteen seconds,” said Parsley.
Wiese did not place in the two mile run, but clipped 24 seconds off her personal record. She is currently fourth in the Class A rankings.
For the boys, Tathan Headrick posted the team’s lone top-five finish, placing fifth in the Class A 400 in 57.77.
The boys’s 4x800 relay of Austin Kulm, Liam Streitz, Tanner Reed and Sam Gassman improved their team time by ten seconds, clocking a 9:07.15. Although they did not place, they improved their best time by 10 seconds.
“It’s a big stage with a lot of pressure and I appreciated how our Flier Howard Wood entries rose to the occasion and fearlessly performed to the best of their abilities,” said Parsley.
“I’m anxious and excited to see how their times continue to drop in upcoming meets both as individuals and as relays!”