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Boys take 2nd in state
Two individuals, relay team snare title wins
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

June 08. 2012 9:23AM
“It was a great, great weekend for all of our kids.”

That’s how Lynx head track coach Troy Sturgeon summed up Brandon Valley’s showing at the State Class AA Meet held last month in Sturgis and Rapid City.

The Lynx boys – deep in numbers and talent this season – showed that depth and talent by securing 88 points to finish second to Sioux Falls Washington, who sported even more depth than Brandon Valley. It’s the highest team finish for a Lynx track and field team since moving up to Class AA. The Lady Lynx tied for ninth place with Brookings.

“Things came together as planned,” said Sturgeon, who noted Lynx coaches had predicted an 89-point total for the boys. “Our goal was to win a plaque and we got a trophy,” Sturgeon said.

Much of the success for the Lynx boys is credited to junior Matt Vandeberg, who had a productive first day at the state meet. He opened with a first place win in the long jump, edging Mitchell’s Jason Greenway, and then capped off the day by winning the triple jump.

While Vandeberg was the strong favorite in the triple, he and Greenway entered the state meet with the same personal best in the long jump. It was going to depend on the day, and the day belonged to Vandeberg.

Working in his favor, oddly enough, was the weather, which was somewhere between really uncomfortable and downright dismal.

“I like it better when the weather is a little crappy,” Vandeberg said. “It makes me feel more at home, so I felt good going into today.

“Jason and I were tied for the best jump going into the meet, and it was back-and-forth at the conference meet, so I figured if I could post one farther than he did, it looked pretty good.”

The junior standout continued on, winning the triple jump with a leap of 44-10, more than a foot ahead of second-place Cody Harris of Rapid City Central.

“It was a pretty tight competition in the triple jump; I didn’t bomb out or anything until the last jump,” Vandeberg said. “But winning the long jump kept me focused – kept the adrenaline flowing. Today wasn’t my best, but I couldn’t have asked for any better considering the conditions.”

Vandeberg not only won both Class AA events, but was also the gold medal winner in both events, turning in the best performance of all classes.

Senior Clay Guinn also took his turn atop the awards podium. Guinn, who plans to walk on as a thrower at Montana State, hit a personal best by nearly 4 feet in the discus, winning the event with a toss of 171-3.

“I relaxed yesterday, had some fun with the team, had a good dinner and got up this morning ready to go,” Guinn said. “That throw felt really good – it felt like my other PRs this year. Then they announced it – that was pretty cool.”

Sturgeon said Guinn improved greatly from the start of the season.

“Clay just kept getting better and better all year long, and was pretty confident going in,” he said.

Senior Ben Schultz paced himself to a second place finish in the 800. All season, he’s been one step behind Washington’s Alex Waddell, and the state meet was no different, as Waddell was victorious one last time against his friendly rival in Schultz.
Sturgeon said Schultz also played an instrumental role in the team’s second place ranking.

“Without Ben, we wouldn’t have been where we were,” he said.

Schultz was a busy athlete on day two of the state meet. He ran the mile, anchored the medley relay that took second and then ran a leg of the mile relay, which placed third.

Sturgeon said sprinters Cam Holmes and Cody Taggart also stepped up to the occassion. Holmes placed fourth in the 200 and third in the 400, and ran legs of the 800 and 1600 relays.

“We put a lot on these two and they really responded well,” Sturgeon said.

Senior Kaylynn Erlandson wrapped up her prep career with a third place ranking in the triple jump, while teammate junior Courtney Herrick claimed fifth in the long jump.

Junior Allison Koehn captured second in the discus and was fifth in the shot put.
Sturgeon said the Lady Lynx relay teams placed as predicted by the coaching staff.
“We (the girls) didn’t have the fortune to be as deep as the boys were,” he said.

But that could change next season. Sturgeon said a crop of middle school athletes will move up to fill the void left by this year’s senior class. “We have a lot of middle school girls who will fill in the holes, and some of them are already competing at the varsity level, which is really a positive thing,” he said.

As for the boys, the Lynx lose some big talent to graduation. But that’s nothing new to Sturgeon or the program.

“We had that a couple of years ago when the Brockmuellers and Blaze Kilian graduated. It’s hard to think now of how we’ll fill in, but our coaches are already talking about who they’re going to plug into where.”

But for now, the boys will relish in their runner-up finish.

“Being able to go up there and get second place and winning our first ever ESD championship, we knew what we were going for and we accomplished that,” Sturgeon said. “So, it was the best of all seasons for us.”

Mick Garry contributed to this report.
Boys team scores: 1.) S.F. Washington 113, 2.) Brandon Valley 88, 3.) S.F. Lincoln 83.5, 4.) S.F. Roosevelt 80.1666; 5.) R.C. Central 75.1666, 6.) Watertown 47.1666; 7.) R.C. Stevens 46, 8.) Brookings 41, 9.) Mitchell 33, 10.) Yankton 31, 11.) Pierre 29.1666, 12.) Aberdeen Central 23, 13.) Sturgis 19.1666, 14.) Huron 15, 15.) O’Gorman 14, 16.) Douglas 5.1666.

Lynx boys results
100: 4.) Matthew Vandeberg 11.42; 7.) Cody Taggart 11.54. 200: 4.) Cam Holmes 22.83. 400: 3.) C. Holmes 49.83. 800: 2.) Ben Schultz 1:55.46; 15.) Dillon Waldera 2:05.26; 18.) Mitchell Selken 2:05.91. 1600: 7.) B. Schultz 4:24.42. 3200: 10.) Zach VanEde 9:52.01; 17.) Derek Swanson 10:06.56. 400 relay: 4.) BV (Ryan Immeker, Tyler Grieve, Tony Tripp, M. Vandeberg) 44.25. 800 relay: 1.) BV (C. Holmes, T. Tripp, R. Immeker, C. Taggart) 1:03.02. 1600 relay: 3.) BV (C. Taggart, B. Schultz, Austin Hogie, C. Holmes) 3:27.18. 3200 relay: 8.) BV (M.Selken, D. Waldera, Jacob Hegland, A. Hogie) 8:16.50. Sprint medley relay: 2.) BV (T. Grieve, T. Tripp, C. Taggart, B. Schultz) 2:33.61. Discus: 1.) Clay Guinn 171-03; 17.) Sean Rollag 117-09. Long jump: 1.) M. Vandeberg 22-06.75; 14.) Adam Bauer 19-06.25; 18.) Michael Horst 18-07.75. Triple jump: 1.) M. Vandeberg 44-10.75.

Girls team scores: 1.) R.C. Central 119, 2.) R.C. Stevens 110, 3.) Watertown 86, 4.) S.F. Washington 70. 5.) Aberdeen Central 64, 6.) Pierre 58, 7.) S.F. Lincoln 47, 8.) Sturgis 34.5. 9.) Brookings & Brandon Valley 33, 11.) S.F. Roosevelt 28, 12.) Yankton 23, 13.) Douglas 13, 14.) O’Gorman 11, 15.) Mitchell 10, 16.) Huron 1.5.

Lady Lynx results
100 hurdles: 7.) Emme Sumner 16.40. 400: 8.) Evelyn Jorgenson 1:01.31. 3200: 14.) Kaija Nitz 12:07.52. 800 relay: 4.) BV (E. Sumner, Lexi Hoover, Brynne Rist, E. Jorgenson) 1:47.31. 1600 relay: 8.) BV (B. Rist, L. Hoover, Haley Kruger, E. Jorgenson) 4:08.04. 3200 relay: 14.) BV (Kaitlin Behrend, Carly Rahn, Katherine Forster, Sarah Presler) 10:46.66. Sprint medley relay: 7.) BV (Kaylynn Erlandson, L. Hoover, H. Kruger, S. Presler) 4:30.51. Discus: 2.) Allison Koehn 126-04. Long jump: 5.) Courtney Herrick 16-07.5. 14.) Emma Terveer 14-10.25. Shot put: 5.) A. Koehn 35-11.50. Triple jump: 3.) K. Erlandson 35-10.50. 18.) Hailey Murray 30-06.75.

Pegged as the "sleeper" of this year's Class AA boys state track meet, the Lynx boys collected enough points to finish second to Sioux Falls Washington. It's the highest team finish for a Brandon Valley team at the state meet. Submitted photo

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