GROTON - Aberdeen Roncalli and Ipswich picked up team titles during a damp and chilly Groton Kiwanis Relays Tuesday.
Roncalli edged Milbank by two points in the boys' division while Ipswich outdistanced Roncalli by 28 points to win the girls' team crown.
While the conditions were far from ideal, most of those involved were just happy to have another outdoor meet to attend after being off for two weeks because of the weather.
On the plus side, I thought our kids battled the elements pretty well, said Roncalli boys' coach Terry Dosch. I thought our kids did a good job with that.
Roncalli was led by Andrew Holmstrom who won both hurdles races and qualified for state in the 110-meter high hurdles. He was named the Rob Luecke Top Hurdler in the boys' division.
The Cavaliers also received victories from Nick Goehring in the 100-meter dash and Chris Malsam in the 400-meter dash. Holmstrom and Malsam also ran on Roncalli's winning 1,600-meter relay squad.
On the downside, Goehring suffered a hamstring injury during the meet.
That definitely puts a damper on the day, Dosch noted. A hamstring injury is not a good thing for a sprinter. We're hoping that he is a fast healer. He runs a lot of relays and a lot of opens. We don't have lots of extra people that run the times that he runs.
Other double winners on the boys' side were Jared Noyes of Redfield-Doland, who won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and was named the Jay Swisher Top Runner for boys, and Dan Roberts of Mobridge-Pollock, who won the shot put and discus and was selected the Dick Donovan Top Field Event performer for boys.
Conner Anderson of Rosholt-Fairmount won both hurdles races and received the girls' Rob Luecke Top Hurdler award. Northwestern's Jussy Tuscherer won the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run to be selected the Jay Swisher Top Runner for girls. Shekota Myer of Ipswich, who won the discus and was second in the shot put, was chosen as the Dick Donovan Top Field Event performer.
Roncalli won the 3,200-meter relay and placed in numerous other events.
I had girls pretty well loaded up today, said Roncalli girls' coach Mark Stone. It was a working day. There's a lot of value in a day like today.
While Stone said the conditions were not favorable for a working day, he figures his squad will have to learn how to compete in those type of elements.
It's not only possible, it's probable, that we're going to have another day like this, he said. Overall, I thought our girls competed well.
Aberdeen Christian placed in three events. Seth Lundeen was sixth in the 1,600-meter run, Job Niewenhuis was seventh in the high jump and Jenny Palmer was seventh in the shot put.
A day like today doesn't play the best to good performance, said Christian coach Matt Scott. It really helps you get some mental toughness in my opinion. I think they all handled it pretty well. They took it in stride and dealt with it as they went along.
Roncalli and Christian are both scheduled to compete at the Tiger Relays in Ipswich on Saturday.
Team Points: Aberdeen Roncalli 103, Milbank 101, Redfield-Doland 73, Groton 53, Langford 52, Mobridge-Pollock 52, Frederick 49, Britton-Hecla 48, Northwestern 48, Ipswich 32, Hitchcock-Tulare 30, Webster 25, Warner 17, Aberdeen Central JV 16, Leola 14, Summit 12, Rosholt-Fairmount 10, Aberdeen Christian 4.
110-Meter High Hurdles: 1, Andrew Holmstrom, Aberdeen Roncalli, :15.67 (SQ); 2, Brandon Haas, Frederick, :16.00 (SQ); 3, Trevor Zens, Aberdeen Roncalli, :16.14; 4, Adam Cloos, Milbank, :16.24; 5, Zach Crandall, Britton-Hecla, :16.59; 6, Austin Bushong, Hitchcock-Tulare, :16.65; 7, Alex Hughes, Groton, :16.69; 8, Eric May, Groton, :18.12.