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Hill City's Karlee Simmons slaps five with Chamberlain's Ella Byers following the Howard Wood 2-mile.

Class A distance dominoes starting to fall into place
May 11, 2017

By Rich Winter

Well, now that Howard Wood is in the books the Class A girls distance mystery has been unraveled just a bit. A lot of talented ladies in Class A this season and a lot of girls vying for state medals in multiple events.


Karlee Simmons (2-mile) looked superb in Sioux Falls...

Simmons broke through in the Howard Wood 3200 meters with a massive personal best. The Hill City product ran a controlled first mile, hit her splits and then got after it on laps five, six and seven. By the time she hit the line, Simmons crushed the old Hill City record with the fastest run in Class A this season. 


Simmons, Karlee Hill City HS 6 11:09.01 2
Ripperda, Abby SF O’Gorman 7 11:12.98 2
Savey, Cait Beresford HS 8 11:18.16 2
Lundstrom, Megan Fargo Davies HS 9 11:19.45 2
Schmidt, Nicolette Redfield/Doland HS 10 11:19.93 2
Nelson, Laura Gayville-Volin HS 11 11:24.57 2
Baesler, Reagan Hillsboro-Central Valley ND HS 12 11:25.68 2
Byers, Ella Chamberlain HS 13 11:26.33 2

While Simmons got the win, she'll have some company at the state meet. Beresford's Cait Savey, Redfield/Doland's Nicolette Schmidt and Chamberlain's Ella Byers all went sub 11:27


Custer's Glazier still owns the 800

While there are 20 girls pre-qualified in the 800 meters, no one looks like they can touch Custer's Tori Glazier. The Custer junior clocked a 2:14.4 in the Special Event at Howard Wood. With two weeks to go, Glazier could be ready for 2:12 by state. Of note here, Chamberlain's Ella Byers ran a 2:18 at MVP on Tuesday. Madison's Hailey Streff ran a great anchor in the Howard Wood 4 x 800, pulling away from Hill City's Marion Hohn on that anchor leg. Depending on how Madison distrubetes their athletes, Streff could be one to watch at state. 


800m Run - 2:26.70
1. Glazier, Tori 2:14.40 Custer        
2. Byers, Ella 2:18.90 Chamberlain        
3. Lavin, Maddie 2:20.10 Vermillion        
4. Streff, Hailey 2:21.70 Madison        
5. Hohn, Marion 2:22.90 Hill City        
6. Cooper, Kaci 2:23.40 St. Thomas More        
7. Schulz, Marisa 2:23.50 Dakota Valley        
8. Timmer, Haleigh 2:23.70 St. Thomas More        
9. Blote, Brigit 2:24.90 St. Thomas More        
10. Simmons, Karlee 2:24.90 Hill City        
11. Theophilus, Anna 2:24.90 Madison        
12. Delmont, Mallory 2:25.50 Custer        
13. Erlandson, Lizzy 2:25.50 St. Thomas More        
14. Schuyler, Samantha 2:25.60 Winner        
15. Becker, Mckenzie 2:25.90 Hill City        
16. Valandra-Prue, Caelyn 2:25.90 Todd County        
17. Eitemiller, Taylor 2:26.20 Wagner        
18. Hovdenes, Angela 2:26.30 Spearfish        
19. Bartels, Chloe 2:26.40 Winner        
20. Cournoyer, Raven 2:26.70 Todd County

Chamberlain's Byers has back-to-back sub 5:08's

 Chamberlain sophomore Ella Byers was the top Class A finisher in the 1600 at Howard Wood, running a school record 5:08 and change. At the same meet where she cranked out a 2:18 half on Tuesday, Byers, running alone the whole race set a personal best of 5:07.5


1600m Run - 5:26.90
1. Byers, Ella 5:07.50 Chamberlain        
2. Glazier, Tori 5:11.00 Custer        
3. Streff, Hailey 5:15.80 Madison        
4. Simmons, Karlee 5:16.10 Hill City        
5. Lavin, Maddie 5:16.20 Vermillion

Of note here, Vermillion's Maddie Lavin, last year's state champ at 1600 and 3200 meters did not contest the 2-mile at Howard Wood. She ran the special 800 on Friday and then contested the 1600 on Saturday.


Like Glazier, Lavin looked like she needed about another three weeks to hit her peak.


Still in hiding is St. Thomas More 8th grader, Haleigh Timmer, the state cross-country champ. Timmer pre-qualified in the 4 x 800, and 200 and 400 meter dashes but we've seen little of her in the last three weeks. 


If she's healthy she's dangerous in any event she tangles with. 

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