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Bon Homme's Anton Hejna anchoring the Cavaliers medley relay team at Howard Wood


Can Bon Homme SQUEEZE their Medley relay team into finals
May 14, 2017

By Rich Winter

Kind of an interesting moment at the recently completed Howard Wood Dakota Relays. Commentator made note of sprinter/jumper, Chase Kortan running the 400 leg, and a good one that brought the Cavaliers into contention in the Class A medley Relay.

 

Forgive me if I'm wrong on the name, but I think the anchor that day was Anton Hejna, who ran a nice first lap and hung around towards the front of the pack in his heat.

 

Twas a big effort for the Cavaliers as they finished 18th in the event with a 3:46.8. That mark was good enough to pre-qualify the Cavaliers for the state meet.

List of automatic state qualifiers: 

Medley Relay - 3:47.70
1. St. Thomas More 3:36.50          
2. Sioux Falls Christian 3:38.00          
3. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 3:39.80          
4. Tea Area 3:40.40          
5. Vermillion 3:40.70          
6. Hill City 3:40.70          
7. Dell Rapids 3:40.90          
8. Winner 3:41.00          
9. Madison 3:43.10          
10. Elk Point-Jefferson 3:44.20          
11. Canton 3:44.40          
12. Webster Area 3:44.90          
13. Spearfish 3:45.70          
14. Clark/Willow Lake 3:46.20          
15. Ethan/Parkston 3:46.20          
16. Hamlin 3:46.40          
17. Bon Homme 3:46.80

At the same Howard Wood meet, Hejna cleared 11-6 to finish 42nd in that event. Hejna has the 8th best vault in Class A so far this season.

 

What's interesting about that result for me is the Howard Wood competition is tough with the actual competition sprawling out over about 6 hours with vaulters not being able to stick to their normal routines because of the vaulting order. 

 

Despite all the chaos swirling around him Hejna performed his best vault of the season...I like that!

Pole Vault - 11'00.00"
1. Cox, Colton 13'09.00" Aberdeen Roncalli        
2. Christensen, Jens 12'09.00" St. Thomas More        
3. Hess, Wyatt 12'06.00" Lead-Deadwood        
4. Ryan, Mike 12'03.00" Belle Fourche        
5. VanZee, Brodell 12'03.00" Spearfish        
6. Bartunek, Austin 11'06.00" St. Thomas More        
7. Guse, Noah 11'06.00" Madison        
8. Hejna, Anton 11'06.00" Bon Homme

As the anchor of the medley realy, Hejna looked to me like he was a couple of weeks away from full-tilt for his 800 anchor carry. 

 

At the Ethan/Parkston relays on Friday, Hejna ran an open 800,, and while the time, 2:06 won't shock people, the circumstances in which that 2:06 were achieved are meritous.

 

Running alone, and I mean alone, Hejna cranked out that 2:06. That's hard to do when there is no one around. Second place was 20-seconds back. 

800 results:

800: 1. Anton Hejna, BH, 2:06.79; 2. Hohn, EP, 2:26.34; 3. Matthew Brink, PG, 2:28.20; 4. Murtha, EP, 2:35.87; 5. Chase Varilek, PG, 2:36.65; 6. Evan Weeman, EP, 2:237.78

 

Bon-Homme athletes have always seemed like they have a certain toughness about them and with the senior, Kortan ranked in the 100, 200 and ranked 2nd in the Class A long jump, you can bet he'll put it in maximum overdrive on his carry to give Hejna a chance. 

Results of the Ethan/Parkston meet: Keep an eye on Noah Heesch as the young man won the 110 and 300 hurdles on Friday

Team scores: 1. Ethan/Parkston 178, 2. Bon Homme 148, 3. Platte-Geddes 130, 4. Scotland 105.

Individual Results

100: 1. Tulsa Janish, EP, 11.12; 2. Derek Pedersen, S, 11.62; 3. Peyton Nelson, PG, 11.83; 4. Levi Cahoy, BH, 12.45.

200: 1. Hayden Stluka, PG, 23.65; 2. Derek Storm, EP, 24.61; 3. Abiah Plastow, EP, 24.67; 4. Noah Heesch, BH, 24.24; 5. Braden Wolfe, S, 25.32; 6. Garret Vitek, S, 26.68.

400: 1. Tanner Hines, EP, 56.53; 2. Murtha, EP, 57.37; 3. Nathan Berens, PG, 1:01.75; 4. Nicholas Harrington, S, 1:02.99; 5. Kelby VanderWerff, PG, 1:04.68; 6. Jordan Gall, S, 1:05.26.

800: 1. Anton Hejna, BH, 2:06.79; 2. Hohn, EP, 2:26.34; 3. Matthew Brink, PG, 2:28.20; 4. Murtha, EP, 2:35.87; 5. Chase Varilek, PG, 2:36.65; 6. Evan Weeman, EP, 2:237.78.

1600: 1. Tanner Hohn, EP, 5:08.81; 2. Austin Bartelt, EP, 5:10.09; 3. Nate Whalen, PG, 5:10.96; 4. Nic Baker, S, 5:22.14; 5. Nate Klinnert, BH, 5:28.44; 6. Tanner Carda, BH, 5:34.24.

3200: 1. Jonah Murtha, EP, 10:52.7; 2. Caden Tegethoff, PG, 10:59.9; 3. Tanner Carda, BH, 11:46.9; 4. Nate Hall, BH, 12:22.6; 5. Jacob Dundas, EP, 12:32.4.

110 hurdles: 1. Noah Heesch, BH, 16.50; 2. Jarod Severson, PG, 16.56; 3. Nathan Boettcher, EP, 19.22; 4. Matthew Brink, PG, 20.50; 5. Tyrese Friederich, EP, 20.50; 6. Hellmann, BH, 23.60.

300 hurdles: 1. Noah Heesch, BH, 44.79; 2. Jarod Severson, PG, 45.80; 3. Nathan Schenkel, BH, 47.96; 4. Nathan Boettcher, EP, 50.47; 5. Evan Weeman, EP, 51.67; 6. Tyrese Freiderich, EP, 56.10.

 

4x100: 1. EP, 45.71; 2. BH, 48.17; 3. S, 48.95.

 

4x200: 1. EP, 1:36.19; 2. S, 1:39.25; 3. BH, 1:39.52; 4. PG, 1:44.18.

 

4x400: 1. EP, 3:47.46; 2. BH, 4:01.09; 3. PG, 4:04.84; 4. S, 4:28.14. 4x800: 1. PG, 9:09.68; 2. EP, 9:12.36; 3. S, 10:16.29; 4. BH, 10:26.63.

 

Medley: 1. BH, 4:16.44; 2. PG, 4:19.65; 3. S, 4:26.92; 4. EP, 4:41.57.

 

Shot put: 1. Tanner Skorepa, S, 44-1; 2. Chandler Diede, S, 39-4.50; 3. Brady Hawkins, EP, 37-11; 4. Kade Hellmann, BH, 37-9; 5. Peyton Nelson, PG, 35-6; 6. Sam Comp, EP, 33-3.50.

Discus: 1. Tanner Skorepa, S, 132-1; 2. Sam Comp, EP, 120-4.50; 3. Kade Hellmann, BH, 117-11.50; 4. Riley Stegmeier, PG, 98-5; 5. Riley Hellmann, BH, 92-10.50; 6. Braden Bruening, EP, 89-10.

Long jump: 1. Hayden Stluka, PG, 20-3; 2. Nathan Boettcher, EP, 18-6; 3. Zach Cuka, BH, 17-3.50; 4. Levi Cahoy, BH, 17-2; 5. Daniel Lange, S, 17-1; 6. Carson Sundleaf, S, 16-4.

 

Triple jump: 1. Anton Hejna, BH, 36-8.50; 2. Baker, S, 36-3; 3. Zach Cuka, BH, 35-9; 4. Kozak, BH, 32-9.

 

High jump: 1. Lucas Pedersen, S, 5-5; 2. Tanner Hines, EP, 5-5; 3. Garret Vitek, S, 5-3; 4. Kelby VanderWerff, PG, 5-1; 5. Kozak, BH, 4-9.

 

Pole vault: 1. Anton Hejna, BH, 11-0; 2. Beau Dean, PG, 9-6; 3. Blake Bultsma, PG, 9-6; 4. Tucker Murtha, EP, 8-6; 5. Chase Varilek, PG, 7-0.



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