Blake Boes Jumps to be Ranked First in the State

Jaslee Kerner

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Over the last week, the Gregory Track Team had one invitational meet and one conference meet. Blake Boes is now ranked number one in Class B high jump after jumping a 6-04.00 this Tuesday. Aaron Voigt pre-qualified in triple jump with a jump of 40-03.25 at the SESD Conference Meet in Wagner. This was Voigt’s first time triple jumping in a track meet this year. Tommy Determan also pre-qualified in high jump at this meet with a jump of 6-00.00.

Last Friday and Saturday, a few selected athletes traveled to Sioux Falls to compete in the 93rd annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays. The athletes that run in this meet must be selected to be able to compete. The athletes from Gregory that were selected were Aaron Voigt, Parker Harding, Caleb Stukel, Tyler Murray, Evan Juracek, Blake Boes, Jayd VanDerWerff, Cenek Kaspar, Bailey Beck, Megan Warnke, Jessy Jo VanDerWerff, and Emma Thomas. Both the boys and girls 1,600 meter sprint medley placed fifth. The boy’s medley ran a 3:46.83 and consisted of Stukel, VanDerWerff, Kaspar, and Voigt. The girl’s medley ran a 4:30.63 and consisted of Beck, VanDerWerff, Warnke, and Thomas. The boy’s 4×2 also placed 11th with a time of 1:37.90. This relay was run by Harding, Stukel, VanDerWerff, and Murray.

On Tuesday, the Gorillas traveled to Wagner to the SESD Conference Meet. Four Gregory entries placed first in this meet: Thomas in the 800 meter run, the girl’s 4×2 relay, Voigt in the mile run, and Boes in high jump.

For the girls, Thomas ran her 800 meter run in a 2:28.90 which earned her first place. The girl’s 4×2 also earned first place by running a 1:57.00. The 4×2 was run by VanDerWerff, Warnke, Beck, and Thomas. Warnke placed 4th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.00. BriLee Peck placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.35. Sydney Svatos also placed fifth in triple jump with a jump of 31-01.00.  For relays, the 4×1 placed fourth with a 56.59. Both the 4×8 and the 1,600 meter sprint medley placed fifth. The 4×8 ran an 11:37.83, and the medley ran a 5:11.53.  The 4×4 ran a 4:36.2 to place sixth.

For boys, Voigt earned first in the mile run with a time of 4:42.57. Boes also placed first in high jump with a jump of 6-04.00. T. Determan placed right behind Boes earning second with a jump of 6-00.00. Coy Determan jumped 5-04.00 in high jump for seventh place. VanDerWerff also placed seventh in long jump with a jump of 18-07.75. Stukel ran an 11.82 in the 100 meter dash to receive seventh place. Kaspar ran a 54.80 in the 400 meter dash for fourth place. VanDerWerff and Boes both placed in the 300 meter hurdles. VanDerWerff placed fourth with a 45.70, and Boes placed sixth with a 46.24. For triple jump, Voigt and Juracek placed fifth and sixth. Voigt jumped 40-03.25 and Juracek jumped 40-01.25. For relays, the 4×1 and 4×4 both placed third. The 4×1 that consisted of Murray, VanDerWerff, Stukel, and Harding ran a 46.31. The 4×4 ran 3:45 and consisted of Stukel, Voigt, T. Determan, and Harding. The 4×8 and the 1,600 meter sprint medley both placed fourth. The 4×8 ran a 9:22.25, and the medley ran a 4:20.03. The 4×2 placed fifth with a time of 1:43.57.

The region track meet will be held in Scotland on Thursday and start at 10 p.m. Contestants placing first and second at regions will earn a ticket to the state track meet that will be May 25 and 26 in Rapid City.

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