Fliers to send 12 to State Class A meet
The Flandreau Fliers’ regular track and field season finished strong at the region meet with 14 Flier PRs in both track and field events.
Distance runners Brenton Westberry and Faith Wiese, pictured at right, shone brightly taking first place in their respective 1600 meter races. Of special note was Wiese breaking two school records. She broke her former 1600M record she had set earlier this season by over seven seconds and she also broke Mona Zephier’s 23 year old 800 record by 0.52 seconds. This year she has helped break three school records with the 800, 1600, and sprint medley relay, and also has the 3200 record from last year.
The girls 4x400 of Wiese, Kiley Westberry, Morgan Sheppard and Ella Hoffman, shown at top, won their race and are sitting 14th going into the State meet. The foursome also will run the Medley sitting seventh in that event.
Seventh grader Sheppard had a great 400, winning the race, and was especially motivated by her runner up teammate Hoffman who ran her own personal best 400 of 64 seconds flat.
“These two gals are great friends and only make each other better sprinters and workers,” he noted.
The boys 1600M relay of sophomores Ben Kulm, Paul Parsley, Brenton Westberry, and senior Ethan Hoffman improved their relay time by five seconds and moved from 21st in the state to 13th.
“Both teams have been gradually improving and are poised to run team bests at state on Friday and hopefully Saturday,” said Parsley.
“Ethan Hoffman also ran strong races in the 100M dash (3rd) and the 4x400 (team took 2nd along with Tanner Reed, Westberry and Brendan Peterson) and I look forward to him cranking four sprint events at State this next week.”
For the Flier vaulters, junior Lanz Dailey finished 4th with a PR of 9’3 and Elodie Amdahl snatched a new height of 7’3” and a new school record and a fourth place finish.
“Elodie’s only a freshman and I look forward to how high and far her career will go,” said Coach Owen Parsley.
Parsley concluded, “It’s been an enjoyable 2023 season with our various athletes and I thank them for joining our team and sharing their talents. Track and Field is a challenging sport which requires all the characteristics we’ve emphasized this year: power, love, self-discipline (taken from 2 Timothy 1:7). We can’t go into the State meet complacent and afraid. We instead plan to charge into the State Meet with power, love, and self-discipline, finishing the year with our best efforts and times. Hope to see and hear some rowdy Flandreau folk at the State Meet in Sioux Falls and go Fliers.”
GIRLS STATE EVENTS:
Girls 4X800: Thursday (Kiley Westberry, Josie Hamilton, Diamond Roy, Dreamer Cournoyer)
Girls Medley: Thursday (Ella Hoffman, Morgan Sheppard, Kiley Westberry, Faith Wiese)
Girls 4X400: Friday prelims/Saturday Finals (Ella Hoffman, Morgan Sheppard, Kiley Westberry, Faith Wiese)
Morgan Sheppard - 400 (Friday prelims/Saturday finals)
Faith Wiese - 3200 (Friday) and 1600 (Saturday)
BOYS STATE EVENTS:
THURSDAY: Boys Medley (Paul Parsley, Ben Kulm, Ethan Hoffman, Brenton Westberry)
FRIDAY Prelims/SAT FINALS: Boys 4X400 (Paul Parsley, Brendan Peterson, Ethan Hoffman, Brenton Westberry)
Ethan Hoffman - 100 (Thursday) and 200 (Friday); finals for both Saturday