MILBANK - On a day that featured unlimited milk and cheese, athletes responded with plenty of personal bests and state-qualifying performances.
Aberdeen Roncalli had a major day during the Valley Queen Cheese Invitational track and field meet on Tuesday. The event features all the chocolate milk and cheese sticks that a person wants.
It's probably one of our kids' favorite track meets, said Roncalli boys' coach Terry Dosch. We like this track meet.
The Cavaliers also had to like their results after racking up season-best marks.
Our girls' team had a terrific day, today, said Roncalli girls' coach Mark Stone. It was just an exceptional day in many ways.
For starters, the Roncalli girls' 3,200-meter relay squad clocked the fourth-fastest time in school history in 9:55.20. Roncalli's school record still stands as the Class A state record in the event.
Mollee Karst got things going with a stellar opening leg and her teammates took the cue from there.
Mollee really was a springboard for that group, Stone pointed.
Roncalli also requalified in the sprint medley relay, and missed qualifying for state by two-tenths of a second in both the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays.
Katie McNeary had a pair of 61-second quarters including a 1:01.90 in the open 400-meter dash, her best time of the season.
Stone also praised the efforts of Hailey Kline in the hurdles races, where she turned in personal best times in both. Christy Renner also won the discus.
We just really had a great day today, Stone said. Our teams have historically competed well in Milbank.
The Roncalli boys' also had some memorable performances.
Matt Swallow broke the qualifying standard in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of :42.04.
He's been inching down there and inching down there, Dosch said.
Swallow also ran the high hurdles for the first time and just missed qualifying in that event.
Dan Albl captured the 3,200-meter run, Chad Hay won the long jump and the Cavaliers also won the 800-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relays.
Another highlight for us today is we got senior Sean Schmidt on the track for the first time, Dosch noted. We're glad to have him back.
Schmidt injured his knee and made his season debut.
Double individual winners in the boys' division included Groton's Eric May in both hurdles races and Nick Mears of Milbank in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.