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Philip's Cooper West brings it home STRONG during the anchor leg of Philip's Medley Relay
Barbara Hockenberry

Philip vaulters/medley shines at Kadoka
Apr 20, 2017

By Rich Winter,

I can only imagine what Philip's Cooper West was thinking when he took the baton to anchor Philip's Medley relay team?


Having never run an 800, none recently anyway, but with the knolwedge that his Philip guys were laying a good one down for him...(I know Kinsley opened the race...whoever the 400 guy is, judging by the pictures he gave everything he had on that leg...nice!!). At any rate, West, who is the state's leading Class B pole-vaulter (13-3) took the baton, ran a measured first lap to get up on the shoulder of the Rapid City Christian anchor, and then brought it home with AUTHORITY!


2:05 split for West in his first-ever 800 meters...TUFF!


Great effort from that medley squad from Philip who combined to run a 3:51.2 to break the automatic qualifying standard. 

Medley Relay - 3:52.40
1. Viborg-Hurley 3:41.70          
2. Sunshine Bible Academy 3:50.00          
3. Philip 3:51.20          
4. Bison 3:52.10          
5. James Valley Christian 3:52.40

So enjoyed going through the sequence of Barbara Hockenberry's photos yesterday. Loved seeing her bring some of the field events to light with a lot of great pictures of the pole-vault and the high jump. 

In particular pole vault, which is an event we get too see far too infrequently these days. 

As noted, West won the pole-vault - 13' and teammate Jayden Collier went 9-feet for 4th.


West high-jumped 5-5 for Philip in Kadoka, finishing fifth.

Girls picked up some good points in both vaulting and high-jumping. Peyton Kuchenbecker got over 4-8 to finish third in the high jump.


And girls pole-vault: Cheyanne Pinney cleared 8-6 to win the event. She is currently the No. 2 vaulter in Class B.


Philip also got 2nd in both the boys and girls triple jumps over there.

Some good coaching over there in the field events with Tom Parquet heading up the long jump and Scott Pinney as the vault coach and Payton Kochenbecker the high jump coach!

Couple words from coach Kroetch regarding the meet: 



"Things are starting to turn for the better, - still need improvement. The boy per-qualed our medely relay --Doltan Kinsley--Lane Kroetch--Clayton Foshum all good but the 205 that Cooper West -- a beast of an athlete. turned in ( has not run an 800 in ? forever ) put them just under the wire. many improving athletes - 9 personal bests between 5 differet mid/long distance kids.-our Pre quals go Cooper West - We have much preperation to do in a short time we will go Wall this week and Sturgis next."

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