The South Dakota state track meet was held May 27-28 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. Some of the highlights included: Class B outstanding athletes were Macy Heinz of Ipswich and Bryce Malsam of Edmunds Central. Heinz became the only athlete in state history to win a state championship at every distance race (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200). Heinz led the Ipswich girls to the Class B team title and the Bison Cardinals emerged as the champions in the Class B boys standings.
Dupree freshman Khalen Martin is headed to the S.D. Class B state track meet in the 800 meter run, as he ran to a second place finish in the event at the Region 8B meet at Lemmon May 19. Martin was just behind winner Sam Rhaecine of Wakpala’s 2:18.16, as the Tiger runner crossed the finish line in 2:20.41.
The team of Isaac Kraft, Ethan Schaffer, Tucker Kraft and Beau DuBray won the 4x800 relay race at the Region 8B track meet May 19 at Lemmon, racing to the title with a time of 9:30.60. The TLHS boys placed 7th overall in the region team standings. Riley Lindskov placed 6th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.98 and 4th in the 400 with a time of 58.92.
Timber Lake qualified several track athletes for the state competition at the Region 8B meet May 19 at Lemmon and placed 5th overall in the team standings. Freshman Lorenda Long won the district title in the girls 400m race, as she raced the lap in a 1:08.18 time, besting runner-up Austin Alexander of Newell’s 1:09.61 time.
Timber Lake senior Nick Bad Warrior won the Newell golf invite on Monday, May 9. Nick’s score of 78 was a whopping seven strokes ahead of Lemmon’s Braydon Peterson and Wall’s Damion Bresee, who tied for second with 85. Jakways Mendoza finished with a 99 for TLHS and Ty Ducheneaux shot a 126. Timber Lake golfers on both the boys and girls sides placed in the top 10 at the Eureka golf meet May 7. Nicholas Bad Warrior shot an 82 to tie for eighth place in the boys competition, helping the Panthers to a 7th place team finish. Callie Schaffer shot a 117 on the girls side, good for 9th place overall.
Timber Lake School held its annual Athletic Banquet on April 26 to award the athletes for their role as team players. Receiving recognition were: CROSS COUNTRY Cross Country coach Donna Aberle recognized three winners who competed at state last fall. Ethan Schaffer received the Start Strong Finish Fast award. Second year letterwinner Lexy White was given the “5K, no way, OK” award. First year letterwinner Bobbi Smith was giventhe “Year of 4th’s” award and recognition as top state finisher. A special award also went to Cody Marshall as most improved. He was also a first year letterwinner.
Several TLHS track athletes had high finishes at the Eureka meet May 3. LaShae Nash placed 6th in the 100 meter dash. Lorenda Long placed 7th in the 400 meter run. Josie White took 4th in the 800 meters. Lexy White placed 6th in the 1600 meters. Timber Lake girls relay teams placed 7th in the 400 relay and 3rd in the 800 relay and 4th in the sprint medley relay. Sydnee Mettler placed 5th in the triple jump. On the boys side of things, Kuper Heck took 4th in the 1600 meters. Tucker Kraft took third in the 300 hurdles. The TL boys placed 7th in the sprint medley relay.