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Teammates motivate Central athletes during ESD indoor meet

Sprinting for the finish line in a heat of the boys 55 meter dash Tuesday at the ESD track meet at the Barnett Center from the left are: Aberdeen Central’s: Parker Helwig, Dennis Rodriguez, Avery Ligon, Damon Sheets, Carter Hogg, Andy Diaz and Bodhi Miller. Photo by John Davis taken 3/30/2021

Whether it was running or jumping Aberdeen Central athletes got a boost from their teammates during the Eastern South Dakota Conference indoor track and field meet Tuesday at the Barnett Center.

No team points were kept in the meet, which featured every ESD school except Brookings.

Aberdeen Central athletes turned in many solid performances.

Sam Rohlfs captured the triple jump with teammate Jacob Merxbauer second.

“We’ve been best friends since like we were 3-years-old, so we go way back,” Rohlfs said. “He helps me so much and motivates me. Since we’ve been freshmen we’ve always been the top triple jumpers. Without him I wouldn’t have that motivation to go further and beat him by a couple more feet.”

Rohlfs won the event with a mark of 43-feet 9 1/4 inches.

“I was hoping for 44 feet, but I haven’t jumped in two years, so I was OK with this,” he said. “I haven’t had any practice. One day getting on the board and that’s all we’ve done. It’s a good start. I’m hoping to be in the 45-46 range by state.”

Rohlfs wasn’t the only member of the Golden Eagles motivated by a teammate.

Taryn Hettich finished second in the long jump, fifth in the 55-meter dash and sixth in the 200-meter dash. In the 200, she ran right next to teammate Brooklyn Kusler and edged her at the finish.

“It was a huge adrenaline rush. It was just a lot of fun,” Hettich said of the battle. “Being able to have somebody that can push you and compete against is great. She’s been such a great team leader as a senior and it’s a lot fun. She makes it fun.”

Hettich said her focus on the day was just competing against herself and trying to get better.

“Honestly, I just wanted to compete with myself,” she said. “I knew that if I gave my hardest I was going to be happy with the day. So I kind of just went with that.”

Then there is the distance duo of Josh Martin and Daniel Street. The two teammates push each other to get better. Martin won the 1,600-meter run with Street second.

Martin also claimed the 800-meter run, trailing until the end before passing both Street and a runner from Watertown.

“They started out a lot faster than I thought they were going to,” Martin said. “I kind of had to trail a little bit, but at the end I kind of picked it back up.”

Martin said it’s a challenge running distances indoors.

“It seems longer than it actually is, because on a regular track it’s only four laps for a mile while on here it’s 10,” he said. “It’s way harder to pass people, because there’s corners all the time and you have to go around them.”

Central’s Ciara Frank won the high jump. Again, teammates played a role.

“I just have a lot of confidence in myself and my teammates,” Frank said. “I just really push myself to try and get over as high as I can.”

Frank cleared 4-feet 10 1/4 inches.

“I was just trying to beat my PR from last meet which was 4-6 and I succeeded,” she said.

The Central coaches were more concerned with how their athletes competed than they were with times and distances.

“We’re seeing some really good things from our kids and we’re having some kids compete really hard,” said Central girls’ coach Jim Appl. “The key for us moving forward is, like we said, we don’t care about any other color uniform other than our blue uniforms. I don’t care what anyone else does, because until we discover who we are, we can’t worry about anyone else.

“And the other part is, there’s no defense in track. You can try to stop someone in football and basketball, but there’s no defense in track. So we have to figure out our strengths and then we have to figure out our weaknesses and we have to improve on those weaknesses.”

Central boys’ coach Greg Murley also liked what he saw out of his troops.

“We’re about competing. We’re at the point of the year where you have guys sore from workouts,” Murley said. “We had guys saying I don’t know if I should run the 200, and they suck it up and they compete and they race. Let’s see how fast the guy next to you is. You know a 160 track is a tough track to race on and I didn’t hear any kids making excuses. I saw a lot of kids just go out and compete.”

Participating teams: Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley, Harrisburg, Huron, Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown, Yankton.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

55-Meter Hurdles: 1, Brielle Dixon, BV, :08.37; 2, Taia Rude, BV, :08.81; 3, Lauren Hruby, Har, :09.16; 4, Makenna Glanzer, AC, :09.74; 5, Addison Cumbow, P, :09.85; 6, Danielle Beck, P, :09.96; 7, Madison Hochstetter, AC, :10.10; 8, Sierra Stanton, Wtn, :10.12.

55-Meter Dash: 1, Brielle Dixon, BV, :07.36; 2, Meghan Walker, BV, :07.41; 3, Kiah Peters, Har, :07.69; 4, Lexy Gilbert, Hur, :07.77; 5, Taryn Hettich, AR, :07.84; 6, Olivia Fox, Wtn, :07.93; 7, (tie) Brynn Gose, Hur, :07.95, Beatrice Okken, Har, :07.95, and Elaina Rice, BV, :07.95.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Megan Walker, BV, :26.80; 2, (tie) Brielle Dixon, BV, :27.54, and Kiah Peters, Ha, :27.54; 4, Annika Gordon, Y, :27.66; 5, Kennedy Nuebel, BV, :28.32; 6, Taryn Hettich, AC, :28.48; 7, Brooklyn Kusler, AC, :28.30; 8, Aleise Christopherson, P, :28.68.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Meghan Walker, BV, :59.56; 2, Shea Rumsey, Y, 1:02.62; 3, Abby Kopecky, AC, 1:03.80; 4, Mia Mullenmeister, M, 1:05.00; 5, Madisyn Bietz, Y, 1:05.78; 6, Sadie Struble, AC, 1:06.27; 7, Adaya Plastow, M, 1:06.73; 8, Emily Van Roekel, BV, 1:06.77.

800-Meter Run: 1, Jessica Lutmer, P, 2:28.75; 2, Sydnee Serck, Y, 2:28.76; 3, Presli White, Har, 2:38.33; 4, Katie Wentzy, BV, 2:38.33; 5, Elizabeth Novak, Y, 2:35.00; 6, Lizzie Tyler, M, 2:40.50; 7, Hannah Sprecher, BV, 2:40.77; 8, Autumn Iverson, P, 2:42.12.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Mia Wentzy, BV, 5:13.89; 2, Addison Scholten, BV, 5:23.83; 3, Jessica Lutmer, P, 5:29.39; 4, Melanie Jacobs, AC, 5:37.26; 5, Gracyn Gruber, BV, 5:37.42; 6, Natalia Moose, BV, 5:48.71; 7, Thea Chance, Y, 5:53.09; 8, Brianna Sargent, P, 6:00.08.

Shot Put: 1, Maggie Heesch, Wtn, 36-4; 2, Aneesha Scott, BV, 35-10; 3, Megan Verley, Har, 33-10.25; 4, Kianna Mounga, AC, 33-7.25; 5, Emily Lingle, P, 33-6.5; 6, Reese Terwilliger, P, 33-0.25; 7, Brooke Bollinger, Wtn, 32-9.5; 8, Jahna Meester, Wtn, 32-3.75.

High Jump: 1, Ciara Frank, AC, 4-10.25; 2, Ryann Barry, P, 4-10.25; 3, Kylie Birath, BV, 4-10.25; 4, Kennedy Keiper, BV, 4-10.25; 5, Madison Hochstetter, AC, 4-8.25; 6, Maddi Struble, AC, 4-8.25; 7, (tie) Lily Sanchez, P, 4-6, and Karly Wellman, AC, 4-6.

Long Jump: 1, Aleise Christopherson, P, 15-11.5; 2, Taryn Hettich, AC, 15-9.75 3, (tie) Beatrice Okken, Har, 15-6.75, and Brynn Gose, Hur, 15-6.75; 5, Kaylee Timmer, Har, 14-10.75; 6, Lainey Reinke, P, 14-10.5; 7, Katelin Stoebner, AC, 14-9.25; 8, Kylie Birath, BV, 14-8.75.

Triple Jump: 1, Taia Rude, BV, 33-11.25; 2, Lauren Hruby, Har, 33-0.5; 3, Beatrice Okken, Har, 31-3.75; 4, Remington Price, P, 31-2; 5, Maddi Lord, M, 31-0; 6, Hannah Walburg, Wtn, 30-7; 7, Sierra Stanton, Wtn, 29-10.75; 8, Ashlyn Beyer, AC, 29-9.5.

Pole Vault: 1, Trinity Hodorff, Wtn, 9-0.25; 2, Makenna Glanzer, AC, 9-0.25; 3, Bethany Dybdahl, BV, 9-0.25; 4, Elizabeth Lake, Wtn, 8-0; 5, Ashley Beyer, AC, 8-0; 6, Kiah Boetel, Har, 7-6; 7, Marissa Mathews, P, 7-6; 8, Kaylin Warrey, AC, 7-0.25.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Brandon Valley (Elaina Rice, Emily Van Roekel, Kennedy Nuebel, Meghan Walker), 4:17.43; 2, Yankton, 4:22.03; 3, Aberdeen Central, 4:26.28; 4, Mitchell, 4:26.68; 5, Pierre, 4:30.48; 6, Harrisburg, 4:33.20; 7, Pierre II, 4:37.56; 8, Aberdeen Central II, 4:39.02.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Brandon Valley (Mia Wentzy, Gracyn Gruber, Addison Scholten, Sarah VanDeBerg), 9:43.19; 2, Yankton, 9:59.38; 3, Pierre, 10:57.14; 4, Aberdeen Central, 11:00.81; 5, Pierre II, 11:10.06; 6, Watertown, 11:47.67.

BOYS’ DIVISION

55-Meter Hurdles: 1, Nate Lear, BV, :08.26; 2, Cody Oswald, Y, :08.37; 3, Aiden Heimann, AC, :08.44; 4, Levi Pfeiffer, BV, :08.95; 5, Tate Larson, Har, :09.02; 6, Bryce Palmer, M, :09.19; 7, Jeremiah Donahoe, BV, :09.31; 8, Isaac Ligon, AC, :09.34.

55-Meter Dash: 1, Evan Henderson, Har, :06.70; 2, Carter Bahrenfuss, Har, :06.74; 3, Austin Gobel, Y, :06.77; 4, Cole Peterson, P, :06.79; 5, Kamen Hudson, Har, :06.80; 6, Parker Phillips, M, :06.82; 7, Lawson Lambertz, BV, :06.83; 8, Joey Nemec, BV, :06.89.

200-Meter Dash: 1, Julian Watson, BV, :23.74; 2, Austin Gobel, Y, :24.26; 3, (tie) Cole Peterson, P, :24.36, and Evan Henderson, Har, :24.36; 5, Lawson Lambertz, BV, :24.39; 6, Juven Hudson, Wtn, :24.50; 7, Ryley Johansen, M, :24.55; 8, Carter Bahrenfuss, Har, :24.63.

400-Meter Dash: 1, Kamen Hudson, Har, :55.12; 2, Zach Hebda, Y, :55.87; 3, Josh Strand, P, :57.04; 4, Carter Moller, M, :57.74; 5, Dalton Baumberger, Wtn, :57.83; 6, Joey DeWitt, BV, :58.14; 7, Landon Watson, BV, :58.34; 8, Grayden Binger, BV, :58.39.

800-Meter Run: 1, Josh Martin, AC, 2:07.47; 2, Austin Vigants, BV, 2:08.10; 3, Jaxson Fiechtner, Wtn, 2:08.42; 4, Parker Fitzgerald, Har, 2:09.22; 5, Daniel Street, AC, 2:09.87; 6, Carson Mashlan, BV, 2:10.01; 7, Jacob Kirchner, Y, 2:10.70; 8, Trecyn Hallman, Har, 2:13.49.

1,600-Meter Run: 1, Josh Martin, AC, 4:39.55; 2, Daniel Street, AC, 4:40.12; 3, Parker Fitzgerland, Har, 4:45.18; 4, Britton Elkin, BV, 4:46.53; 5, Zach Fedde, Y, 4:47.49; 6, Soren Weeg, Har, 4:48.84; 7, Hayden Shaffer, P, 4:50.30; 8, Evan Halbe, Wtn, 4:52.85.

Shot Put: 1, Cooper Mack, Wtn, 62-8.75; 2, Carson Haak, Y, 48-2; 3, Wyatt Winter, M, 45-10.5; 4, Bodie Rutledge, Y, 44-10.25; 5, Tyler Dean, Wtn, 44-10.25; 6, Isaiah Decker, Hur, 44-9.5; 7, Jaxen Mullet, BV, 42-6; 8, Houston Lunde, P, 41-8.75.

High Jump: 1, Lincoln Kienholz, P, 6-0; 2, Ryley Johansen, M, 5-10; 3, Lincoln Boetel, Har, 5-10; 4, Ben Stratman, Har, 5-10; 5, Jameson Kreutzfeldt, BV, 5-8; 6, Lincoln Bates, M, 5-6; 7, Aiden Heimann, AC, 5-6; 8, Carter Moller, M, 5-6.

Long Jump: 1, Lincoln Kienholz, P, 21-0; 2, Lincoln Boetel, Har, 19-11.75; 3, Carter Bahrenfuss, Har, 19-10.75; 4, Cole Peterson, P, 19-10.75; 5, Treyson Schulz, M, 19-9.5; 6, Juven Hudson, Wtn, 19-7.5; 7, Gavin Haselhorst, Y, 19-4.75; 8, Tim Bishop, Har, 19-3.25.

Triple Jump: 1, Sam Rohlfs, AC, 43-9.25; 2, Jacob Merxbauer, AC, 41-9.75; 3, Cole Holden, Wtn, 39-10.5; 4, Joseph Haddon, M, 38-10.25; 5, Collin Dingsor, Wtn, 38-2; 6, Tim Bishop, Har, 38-1.5; 7, Juven Hudson, Wtn, 38-1.25; 8, Spencer Easland, P, 37-7.75.

Pole Vault: 1, Noah Ford, Har, 13-0.25; 2, Ethan Lacey, BV, 12-6; 3, Canyon Jones, P, 11-6.25; 4, Owen Spartz, Wtn, 11-0.25; 5, Isaac Ligon, AC, 10-0; 6, Beau Karst, Har, 9-6.25; 7, Dylan Lichty, Hur, 9-6.25; 8, Brock Moser, P, 9-6.25.

1,600-Meter Relay: 1, Brandon Valley (Carson Mashlan, Julian Watson, Luke Burch, Austin Vigants), 3:38.83; 2, Aberdeen Central, 3:43.45; 3, Yankton, 3:45.54; 4, Pierre, 3:45.59; 5, Watertown, 3:49.82; 6, Pierre II, 3:51.41; 7, Huron, 3:51.45; 8, Mitchell, 3:52.73.

3,200-Meter Relay: 1, Yankton (Zach Fedde, Dylan Payer, Tim Merchen, Nate Schoenfelder), 9:15.95; 2, Watertown, 9:16.85; 3, Aberdeen Central, 9:42.38; 4, Brandon Valley, 9:44.37; 5, Aberdeen Central II, 10:01.26; 6, Huron, 10:04.72; 7, Yankton, 11:24.82.

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