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Stanley County senior Shay Vandenhemel looking to do DAMAGE at state meet

Healthy VanDenHemel looking to do DAMAGE at state meet
Oct 17, 2017

By Rich Winter

Tell ya what folks, Stanley County senior, Shay Vandenhemel looked like the real deal during last week's Region 3A cross-country championships in Chamberlain. The senior floated around the course with ease as he and Winner's Kade Watson flat out tore the Chamberlain golf course up. 


In the end it was the senior, Vandenhemel who cranked it up over the last 800 meters to pull out a five second win as Vandenhemel and Watson scorched the course with times of 16:12 and 16:17 respectively. 


Was really excited to meet Shay's father at the end of the region meet, and I finally got to ask THEE question that had been bothering me for about nine months. 

What the heck was wrong with Vandenhemel in track last year?


I've followed this young man since his sophomore year when he really burst onto the scene with some really good 2-mile times. But, during the track season last year, Vandenhemel just didn't look right. Looked like he was hurting every time he stepped on the track.


And he was!

As Vandenhemel's father explained, Shay went through a wicked growth spurt late in the cross-country season last year and it completely affected his running. At 5-foot-1 for most of his high school career, Shay suddenly shot up to 5-foot-6 and along with that he just hurt every time he ran.


Well the Stanley County senior took off the entire month of June and for the first time in a long time he is running pain free.

And looking damn good while he's doing it. 


As the winner of the Region 4 meet, Vandenhemel should be up in the mix with some of the big boys in South Dakota cross-country this weekend. Let's face it, no one is touching West Central senior, Derick Peters, but after that, Joe Rush from Custer and Ty Trainor from St. Thomas More will be tough...and after that, well, a top-10 result would be phenomenal!


As a sophomore, Vandenhemel was 30th at the state meet. 

As a junior, he was the last guy to make the podium...25th, with teammate, Cale Meiners in 26th place. 


Watch out for this guy, Vandenhemel....He showed a lot of promise in track his sophomore year and he's now FINALLY healthy...and HUNGRY....GOOD LUCK!

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