VOLGA – The Flandreau girls won the team title and the boys finished second in the Region 2A Track & Field Meet on Thursday, May 20.
“I was thoroughly proud of the efforts and results of every Flandreau track and field athlete who participated in the Region 2A meet,” said Head Coach Owen Parsley.
“Both the guys and gals teams did a remarkable job of filling events on the track and in the field. Every event was filled three deep, except for hurdles for the boys, and hurdles, high jump, and pole vault for the girls. It’s great to have the athletic numbers which lead to scoring higher team numbers!”
The Fliers totaled 153 points on the girls’ side, with Hamlin (127) taking second.
For the boys, host Sioux Valley (188) was tops and Flandreau was second at 119.
Thursday Pep Rally...
to held in the Flandreau High School gym, Thurs., May 27 at 12:30 p.m. prior to the athletes and coaches departing for State in Spearfish.
The Community is welcome to attend and wish the Fliers good luck at state!!
“The girls won their first region championship in over twenty years! They did it through not gutting out just one or two events, but many of them three or four events. They worked hard all season, got uncomfortable, and put together a diversified team of field events, relays, and individual running events. I’m so proud of these girls, their coaches, and look forward to the statement they’ll make out at Spearfish,” said Parsley.
Bella Pavlis and Faith Wiese led the charge with a pair of individual wins apiece.
Wiese was first in the 1,600 (5:39.21) and 3,200 (12:19.06).
Pavlis took the 100-meter dash in 12.85 seconds and the triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 9 3/4 inches.
“Bella was phenomenal in winning the triple jump, 100M dash, running a leg in the 4X200, and giving her all as the anchor leg in the second place 4X400,” said her coach.
Claire Sheppard won the 400 in 1:04.17. Libby Hursey won the 800 in 2:31.56.
Sheppard, Cassidy Keith, Lizzie Pavlis and Isabella Pavlis placed first in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:52.46.
In long distance running, Lily Klein, Mara Parsley, Hursey and Wiese claimed the 4x800 crown and are itching for higher achievements.
“The first place 4X800 ran a thrilling 10:13.12, which beats out the second fastest time in school history - a record of 10:14.8 from 1986,” said Parsley.
“They have their sights on breaking the 1988 school record at state and need to overcome a time of 10:08.1. They’re hungry for the opportunity and I can’t wait to see what they do!”
Hursey was runner-up in the 1,600 in 5:41.83. Ella Hoffman matched that finish in the 400 with a 1:06.18 clocking.
Sheppard, Keith, Hoffman and Bella Pavlis were second in the 4x400 with a time of 4:24.19.
Parsley placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (51.99). Her effort was her personal best and earned her a spot at state. She also was fourth in the shot put (30-8 1/2).
Josie Hamilton was third in the 3,200 in 12:54.31.
Lizzie Pavlis, Hoffman, Elodie Amdahl and Klein crossed third in the medley relay in 4:56.9.
Taking fourth were Klein in the 1,600 (6:12.21), Hursey in the 3,200 (13:22.52), Hoffman in the long jump (14-4 3/4) and Katherine Kulm in the discus (84-2).
Adding fifth-place finishes were Lizzie Pavlis in the 200 (30.28), Keith in the 300 hurdles (52.68) and Jade Stone in the discus (84-2). Jacey Sundemeyer, Kulm, Amdahl and Morgan Kontz finished fifth in the 4x100 (58.95). Amdahl placed sixth in the triple jump (26-11).
Chase Reed won the shot put with a heave of 43 feet, 5 inches. He was fifth in the discus at 101-5.
“Reed was once again meet champ and I look forward to how he’ll put the shot at state this next weekend,” said Parsley.
Liam Streitz, Ethan Hoffman, Bradon Weber and Alex Anderson took first in the 4x200-meter relay in 1 minute, 35.58 seconds.
Lane Johanson was runner-up in the 100 in 11.44 seconds. Tathan Headrick cleared 9-3 to take second in the pole vault.
The Fliers finished second in four relays.
Johnny Deloera, Bradon Weber, Lane Johanson and Alex Anderson ran the 4x100 in 46.41.
Streitz, Tathan Headrick, Anderson and Hoffman finished the 4x400 with a time of 3:38.82.
“The boys 4x400 ended the day on an exhilarating note capturing second place and improving their season best time by ten seconds,” said Parsley.
“Before this race, they weren’t even in the state top 24 in the 4X400, but they now rank 12th in the state. Tathan Headrick and Liam Streitz ran brilliant PR (personal record) legs in the first half and Ethan Hoffman and Alex Anderson continued the success as they just started running 400s last week. The determination and tenacity these sprinters displayed was a great representation of how the Flier men continued to soar higher and faster all season,” Parsley noted.
Brenton Westberry, Tanner Reed, Austin Kulm and Sam Gassman crossed in 8:55.94 in the 4x800.
In the medley, Bradon Weber, Hoffman, Anderson and Westberry posted a time of 4:04.01.
Kulm was third in the 3,200 (11:22.11) and pole vault (8-3) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:12.85).
Streitz placed third in the high jump (5-5) and fourth in the pole vault (5-5). Headrick matched that finish in the 400 (54.25).
“In only his third meet trying it, Johnny Deloera hopped, skipped, and jumped to 5th place in the triple jump (34-6 1/2). He’s had a great season and I appreciate his commitment and flexibility in track and field trying out new events even during his final season,” Parsley said.
“And in other jumps, Liam Streitz, 3rd at 5-5 and Mike Tollefson, 4th at 5-3, brought in a combined 10 points in the high jump, their efforts helpfully contributing to the team’s runner up finish.”
Lurick Dailey ended up fourth in the 3,200 (11:31.88) and Mike Tollefson was fourth in the high jump (5-3). He also finished sixth in the 110 hurdles (22.06).
Also taking fifth was Sam Gassman in the 1,600 (5:17.9).
Adding sixth-place finishes were Tanner Reed in the 800 (2:20.72), Matthew Gassman in the 3,200 (11:58.54), Brendan Peterson in the 300 hurdles (51.02) and Lanz Dailey in the high jump (4-7).
“The boys went from 5th in the region in 2019 with 51 points to 2nd this year accumulating 119 points. They have grown so much over the entire season and have really banded together with their talents in the jumps, throws, and races. The future is bright for these young men and as numbers and efforts grow, so will their results!”
The Class A State Track & Field Meet is Friday and Saturday at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish. Throughout the state, the top 24 athletes in each event qualified.
Flandreau will send the following to State.
100 meter dash: B.Pavlis
200 meter dash: B. Pavlis
800 meter run: F. Wiese
1600 meter run: F. Wiese, L. Hursey
3200 meter run: F. Wiese, L. Hursey
300 meter hurdles: C. Keith, M. Parsley
Triple Jump: B. Pavlis
4x200 meter relay: C. Sheppard, C. Keith, L. Pavlis, E. Hoffman
4x400 meter relay: C. Sheppard, C. Keith, M. Parsley, E. Hoffman
4x800 meter relay: L. Klein, M. Parsley, L. Hursey, F. Wiese, Alt. Josie Hamilton
Medley relay: C. Sheppard, L. Pavlis, B. Pavlis, L. Hursey
100 meter dash: A. Anderson
Shot Put: C. Reed
4x100 meter relay: J. Deloera, B. Weber, A. Anderson, L. Johanson
4x200 meter relay: L. Streitz, E. Hoffman, B. Weber, A. Anderson
4x400 meter relay: L. Streitz, T. Headrick, A. Anderson, E. Hoffman
4x800 meter relay: B. Westberry, T. Reed, A. Kulm, S. Gassman, Alternate Matthew Gassman