May 30-31 was an important weekend for high school track and field as forces gathered in an apex of athletic competition. Sioux Falls and Madison hosted the 109th running of the South Dakota High School State Track Meet that concluded the season for 2,422 student athletes. Seventeen of those athletes hailed from Miller and competed in the Class A Tournament held at Madison on Friday and Sioux Falls on Saturday.
Cole Sargent proved he was truly a champion when he finished in tenth place in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:48.12 and second place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:28.63. Carter Kindle leapt his way into a 14th place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.06 seconds. Jarek Kindle and Marshall Johnson also placed 14th in their respective events: Triple jump and Discus. Kindle’s jump distance was 36’3/4” and Johnson threw for 125 feet. Two boys relay teams competed at state. The 4×800 meter relay team of Mason Breitling, Trey Waldrop, Beau Keeter, and Cole Sargent placed eighth in 8:38.81. The Medley Relay team of Carter Kindle, Jacob Heezen, Henry Mullaney, and Mason Breitling finished in 11th place with a time of 3:54.69.
Shae Knox and Shaly Werdel competed in individual events for the Rustler girls. Knox placed 18th in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 17.74 seconds. Werdel leapt 30’10.75” in the triple jump and secured a 17th place finish. The 4×100 meter relay team of Shaly Werdel, Allison Hasart, Megan Fiala, and Shae Knox had the best finish for the Rustler girls in 16th place with a time of 55.29 seconds.
“Our athletes did an excellent job both physically and mentally preparing for the state track meet. Our trackster worked hard, throughout the season, by continually raising expectations of what is possible. I am very proud of their effort and performance as they answered the challenge by taking advantage of opportunities offered this year and positioning themselves to expand on their success next season,” concluded Coach McGough upon returning from the state meet. My congratulations go out to Coach McGough and the members of the Miller High School Track and Field team for a successful and exciting 2014 season. We will see you next year!