Parker girls continue strong season in Yankton

By Shane Merrill | Sports

The Parker girls turned in several top performances last week at the Yankton First Dakota Relays. Parker was among several ‘AA’ schools and took four first place finishes.

Leading the charge in the running events was Lexi Even who won the 100m dash with a time of 12.89 and the 200m dash with a time of 26.82, just edging out runners from Yankton and Vermillion. Shayla Voeltz was also sixth in the 100. Even was also runner up in the 400m dash, with a time of 1:00.51 while Taylor Coleman was sixth with a time of 1:03.92. Coleman was also eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:37.11.

Josie Leberman and Lanie Kaas ran the distance events for Parker, taking sixth in the 1600 with a time of 5:55.36 while Kaas was eighth in the 3200 with a time of 15:37.05.

The Pheasants continued their hot streak in the relays also, winning the 4×200 as Shayla Voeltz, Anna Reiffenberger, Janae Olson and Lexi Even combined for a time of 1:48.46, two seconds ahead of second place Sioux Falls Christian.

Parker’s dominance in the long jump also continued as Olson blew away the field with a jump of 16-07.27, just missing setting another school record, that was just broken three weeks ago by Voeltz. Voetlz was also in the top-8, finishing in eighth place on this day with a jump of 14-11.75

Cierra Mohr also placed Parker in the triple jumping, taking sixth at 31-01.75

In the throwing events Parker Lessman took home third with a throw of 105-02.

On the boys’ side, Cole Jurgens took home seventh in the 200m run with a time of 23.41.

“We had a strong performance day in Yankton Thursday as we saw a number of personal records on the team that inch us one step closer to what will be an exciting close to the season. We have more student-athletes clawing their way into the top 24 cut-off that will go to the State Track meet at the end of the month,” said coach Cullen Mack. “We look to continue these efforts in the next two weeks before state.”

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