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Cavaliers turn in personal best marks at Region 1A meet

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Sophia Madsen winds up to throw the discus at the Northeast Conference track and field meet in Groton. Madsen won the discus at the Region 1A meet on Thursday. Photo by John Davis taken 5/13/2021

SISSETON – Technically, Thursday’s Region 1A track meet was exactly that — a region meet amongst Region 1A opponents.

But it certainly had a different feel to it, said Aberdeen Roncalli track and field coach Mark Stone.

“The region meet is quite different than it used to be,” Stone said. “It’s not purely a qualifying meet for the state meet. … It’s a different kind of meet, but we did pretty well.”

The Cavalier girls team finished second in the team standings, while the boys were fifth.

“We had some personal best performances that are not going to the state meet,” Stone said. “But as a coach, a personal best, what more could you ask for?”

Among the notable performances for the Cavaliers was a 1-2 finish from Sarah Schmidt and Madisen Marten in the 1,600 meters and another winning effort from Paige Schmidt in the 3,200 meters. Olivia Ulmer won the 100-meter hurdles, and Ella Ulmer was the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles.

Sophia Madsen won the discus and Morgan Fiedler bested the field in the long jump.

On the boys’ side, Zach Behrends was second in the 110-meter hurdles and John Reynen was third in the 300-meter hurdles. Nathan Kornmann was the runner-up in the high jump, as well.

“We had a good day,” Stone said. “Milbank is strong right now in both boys and girls. Our conference and our region is pretty tough.”

Stone said some of his athletes were looking to improve on what are likely state qualifying marks, but others were looking to improve on personal marks.

“Some were just looking for personal bests,” he said. “And we had a lot of those. The Cavaliers had a good day.”

Final state meet entries and fields will be determined today.

“We’re looking forward to learning more in the next day or so about how many kids we can take to the state meet,” Stone said.

To view complete meet results click on the following link:

https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=414771&show=all

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