Family: Parents, Mark and Robyn Peterson (deceased); sister, Courtney Peterson (24); and brothers: Matt (25) and Derek (16).
Favorite athletes: Dan Gable, United States Olympic gold medalist wrestler, and Billy Etbauer, world champion saddle bronc rider.
Other sports: Football (safety and quarterback), wrestler (fifth at state at 138 pounds) and rodeo (saddle bronc rider).
Future plans: Attend South Dakota State for ag business and wrestle.
Best athletic memory: “The past two years at state 4-H rodeo finals finishing in the top 10 in bull riding and saddle bronc.”
The Sisseton track and field teams still have not felt the warm sun on their faces or taken in deep breathes of fresh air at a meet this season.
The Redmen have been to just two meets, both of them indoors. They hope that changes on Monday with the Sisseton Legion Relays beginning with field events at 11 a.m.
Sisseton track and field athlete Darin Peterson decided to take advantage of the few opportunities he and his teammates have had to compete. At the Sisseton-Northern State Indoor Meet on Monday at the Barnett Center, Peterson won two events and ran a leg on two sixth-place relays. For his efforts, he has been named the American News Athlete of the Week.
He won the pole vault with a jump of 12-feet and the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.65 seconds.
“I started at 9-6,” Peterson said about the vault. “At the first track meet, I only went 10-6; something wasn’t quite right. I started moving up on the pole and kept going. I’m pretty happy with my 400 time for being indoors. Things went really well considering the amount of practice hasn’t been great between snow days and tight corners in the gym. Competing outside will really help a lot.”
Darin’s older sister, Courtney Peterson, was responsible for his start with the pole vault.
“She talked a lot about it and I thought I would try it. It fits with sprinting because the more speed you get, the more force goes into the pole and you get it to go higher,” he said.
This is his third season in track, but he is no stranger to athletics. A senior, Peterson played safety and quarterback on the football team and wrestled at 138 pounds. After sustaining a shoulder injury, he joined the wrestling team after the holiday break. Peterson lost just four matches during the season and finished fifth at the state meet. In addition, he participates in rodeo doing bull riding and saddle bronc riding during the summer.
“Darin is such a vital asset to our team,” said Sisseton track and field coach Scott Hagen. “He is definitely a leader by example. He is one of the hardest working athletes I've ever coached. On top of being a multi-talented athlete, Darin is one of the finest young men you will ever meet.”
Right now, Peterson and spring sport athletes are attempting to put their frustrations with the weather aside and make good use of the shortened spring season remaining.
“It’s challenging,” Peterson said. “Meets are postponed and postponed and eventually cancelled. It’s hard to keep in shape. You have a few snow days so you have to run on your own to stay in shape.”