Miller High School tracksters participated in the State “A” Track meet, held May 24 at Lennox and May 25 at Sioux Falls.
Coach Tom McGough commented, “Performing your best at the State Meet is the goal of all athletes. That was the focus of our State Meet qualifiers. Many of our tracksters set personal records. Cole Sargent (10:53.31) and Mason Breitling (10:57.42) ran their fastest time this season in the 3200-meter run. Our boys’ 4X100 (47.58)–Alan Ames, Austin Schaff, Carter Kindle and Brendan Letsche, along with our 4X200 (1:41.13)–Alan Ames, Brendan Letsche, Johannes Gimbel and Austin Schaff, also ran their best time of the year.”
Other boys’ performances were Mason Breitling in the 1600-meter run, Carter Kindle in the 110 hurdles, and the 4X800 team, Beau Keeter, Lucas Simpson, Riley Mullaney and Mason Breitling. McGough said all ran well.
On the girls’ side, Brianne Bertsch (6:04.53) ran her fastest 1600-meter. Having good performances were Emma Steers and Shae Knox, 300 hurdles; Jamie Mentzer and Megan Fiala in the 400-meter dash; 4X200 – Emma Steers, Megan Fiala, Allison Hasart, Shae Knox; 4X400 – Emma Steers, Shae Knox, Megan Fiala, Jamie Mentzer; Jamie Mentzer in the high jump; Shae Knox in the 100-meter hurdles; and Shaly Werdel in the long jump.
Said McGough, “Our place winners, Jamie Mentzer placed seventh in the triple jump (34’5 ¾”) and Emma Steers eighth in the 100-meter hurdles. After setting a new school triple jump record (35’ 1 ¾”) in the region meet, Jamie followed it with an excellent performance in the State Meet. Emma had an excellent year, breaking both her school records in the 100-meter hurdles (14.90) and the 300-meter hurdles (49.60).”
Going into the state meet, Steers posted the fastest time for the Girls’ Class A in the 100 hurdles. In the prelims she qualified with the third fastest qualifying time for the finals. In the finals, she was leading the race until she hit the sixth hurdle. “Throughout the years, Emma has shown a great deal of class, which is easy when you meet or surpass expectations. We all felt her disappointment with her mishap in the finals, but we were very proud of how she handled the situation. Emma showed a great deal of character and composure in a very difficult situation,” McGough stated.
Summing up the season, McGough noted, “This has been another fun group to coach. Throughout the year, everyone worked hard, improving on previous performances. Despite the weather, everyone came to practice ready to ‘get after it.’ I would like to express my appreciation to the seniors for their dedication and wish them the very best. For those returning, you put yourself in position for continued success, setting a higher standard of expectation. We talk about ‘taking advantage of opportunities,’ and that has to be your focus, not only for track, but also other activities you participate in, as well as your effort in the classroom. With grit and determination, much can be accomplished.”