By Shane Merrill | Sports
The Parker girls track squad turned in another strong performance last weekend, as they headed to Garretson for the Jesse James invitational. Parker saw several first place finishes, led by freshman Shayla Voeltz who toppled the school record in the long jump, helping Parker to a second place team finish, just behind Sioux Falls Christian.
In the track events, Lexi Even continued her strong start to the season, placing second in both the 100 and 200m dashes, just behind Ella Heintz in both. Heintz was 12.0 in the 100 while Even was 12.60 while in the 200 Heintz edged Even 25.50 to 26.30.
Braelyn Berens and Shea Lang were fifth and seventh respectively in the 100 while Voeltz and Janae Olson were third and fourth in the 200, just behind Even.
Even won the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.9 well ahead of second while Braelyn Berens was eighth.
Tayler Coleman turned in a fourth place performance in the 800m run while Josie Leberman was fourth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200.
In the hurdles, Shelby Lang was fourth in the 100 while Katie Simmermon was sixth.
Parker won the 4×100 with a time of 53.10 led by Jenna VanVelzen, Voeltz, Berens and Even nearly four seconds ahead of Sioux Falls Christian. The Pheasants also won the 4×200 with Olson, Anna Reiffenberger, Cierra Mohr and Voeltz in command with a time of 1:53.20, just ahead of SFC.
Parker also took the top spot in the 4×400, with a time of 4:29.50 just edging SFC as Reiffenberger, VanVelzen, Coleman and Olson combined for first.
Parker was also fourth in the 1600 sprint medley, as Grace Dewald, Aubrey Kilbourn, VanVelzen and Macy Kippes led the Pheasants.
Parker cleaned up in the long jump, with Voletz jumping 16-08, ahead of second place Olson who jumped 15-10. Mohr was also fourth with a jump of 14-11.
Mohr came back and won the triple jump at 31-01.50, ahead of second 29-09.
Kilbourn was sixth in the shot put at 20-05.75 while Parker Lessman was second in the discus at 95-07. Kilbourn finished sixth in the discus at 83-09.
Parker finished in second place, with 145.5 points, while Sioux Falls Christian won the meet with 167 points.
“On the girls side we had a very successful day, especially in the relays led by Lexi Even. We also had a school record fall from Shayla Voeltz in the long jump with a successful attempt of 16’8”. Olson and Mohr are also knocking on the door to break that record so there is some healthy intersquad competition going on in the long jump this year,” commented coach Cullen Mack.
On the boys side Zanto Centeno was eighth in the 100 while Cole Jurgens was fourth in the 200. Jurgens also finished in second in the 400m dash with a time of 54.90.
Ashton Young was seventh in the 110 hurdles while Zanto Centeno and Charlie Patten were sixth and eighth respectively in the 300m hurdles.
The boys put together a solid performance in the 4×100, as Bogdan Marushkevic, Zanto Centeno, Jaivyn DeBoer and Cole Jurgens finished in second with a time of 47.10
Parker was also sixth in the 4×200 with Zaul Centeno, Michael Even, Gabe Gillespie and and Jake Stone leading the way. The Pheasants were fifth in the 4×400 as Ethan Kasten, Connor Even, Gillespie and Charlie Patten finished with a time of 4:24:10.
Jevin Erickson, Alek Kuchta, Joe Mahan and Lincoln Kippes were also sixth in the 4×800 while Even, Trevor Becker, Tristan Becker and Cater Ross were seventh in the 1600 medley.
Jaivyn DeBoer turned in a strong performance in the long jump, at 18-09, good enough for third and was fourth in the triple jump at 35-01.
The boys turned in 55.5 points and finished in sixth place.
“On the boys side we are continuing to develop. We have some strong leadership in the sprints from athletes like Cole Jurgens and Jaivyn DeBoer. They are helping lead our underclassmen that we are becoming more competitive with each meet. All in all it was a great day for the Pheasants, we had personal records achieved from just about every athlete in each event,” he concluded.