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Battles GALORE as Region 7 track LOOMS
May 17, 2017

By Rich Winter

I was literally booing around today about Thursday's track meet that is going to be taking place in Martin tomorrow. The track purist in me always wants to see elite performers and with region 7A not being the strongest track region in the state, I found myself not being all that fired up.


And then, I flipped a switch and got back to my roots. I remembered how excited I was my sophomore year when I mate it to state in discus and somehow slopped into the state meet in the triple jump....Any region track meet is awesome, every state qualifier is a stud/studette and every kid that made it to the end of a difficult track season matters. 


EVERY Performance matters.

Hodson vs. Mesteth in the 110 hurdles: Last week these two hooked up in a dandy over in Pine Ridge. Looked like from the photo included that Mesteth hit a hurdle and slowed slightly, but Hodson made it to state a year. Winner has a couple of kids that have been coming, and from my vantage point, there are about five guys right in that 18.5 range, and two slots to state available.


Can the St. Francis girls qualify a relay: I was so proud of St. Francis sophomore Lanie Crazy Bull the other day, I can't even begin to explain. The young lady ran a 14.54 100 meters and finished 4th in the 100 meters. At the beginning of the season I thought Crazy Bull was just a relay fill while the other girls got after it. Nope, she and Cayliah Brady and the Arcoren sisters probably won't win the 4x100 or 4x200, but they're times suggest they could be right there for a possible berth to state? 


The 4x800 from St. Francis could be in the hunt as well, depending on what other do?


Red Cloud's Echo Ecoffey deserves a chance to dance - Ecoffey got out to 31-10 in the triple jump in Ridge, and by my account, has the leading jump in the Region.


Ecoffey ran low 17's in the 100 hurdles and should be in the mix during Thursday's region meet in a couple of events. 


Boys shot: All season long I've kinda watched those Winner horses take it to most of the local competition, but, Bennett County senior, James Nelson is right there with Winner's Jayden Schroder, and, he'll be putting on his home course.


Could Pine Ridge's Rainbow Stands win the high-jump: Seems like Winner has an athlete at 4-6, Stands is right there, so is Miracle Spotted Bear. Two spots up for grabs, who gets them?


Close to home: TC freshman, Bryce (Butters) Hammer has been knocking on the door of a state qualifier in the 400 meters...Could Thursday be the day?


Saw the best track workout of the season last Friday at TC. Coach Kornely was working out the sprinters and TC junior Brendan Waln and TC 8th grader, Caelyn Valandra-Prue were getting after it.


Repeat 200's at about 90 percent and then jog across the football field and do it again, and again, and again, and again.

Waln has really come on late in the year, and for those of you keeping score at home, Valandra-Prue was on his ASS on every repeat....It was really phenomenal. 


Can Chase Boltz squeak in:

Can Bennett County sprinter Rachel Ireland get in?

Did I mention that Cameron Kuil and Russell Leader Charger are about to throw down!!




To add to the ferocity of the story of tomorrow's show-down in Martin, the weather is expected to be iffy...Showers, it's gonna wetter than heck in the jumping pits and throw areas. Slippery blocks, wet kids, pressure, some athletes already pre-qualified, maybe not running. 

Suddenly, I'm fired up for region track. We have so many great athletes in this part of the state, and I'd love to see more kids out for track, but, to those boys and girls that made it to the end of the track season...Good luck, throw down and give it everything u got...because every performance MATTERS! 


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