SIOUX FALLS — The James Valley Christian boys’ 3,200 relay team will be looking to defend its title from a year ago at the Class B State Track and Field Championships, which will be held today and Saturday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.
The Vikings carry the top time into this year’s 3,200 relay, which also includes area teams from Sunshine Bible Academy (sixth seed); Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (ninth seed); and Hitchcock-Tulare (17th seed).
The JVC boys will also compete in the 400, 800, 1,600 and medley relay events.
Sophomore Darrian Hood is seeded second for the Vikings in the triple jump and has also qualified in the long jump.
Senior Kedric Brantner is seeded fifth and sixth, respectively, for JVC in the 1,600 and 3,200 races. Sophomores Colton Schweigert and Braden Held are seeded fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 800.
Wolsey-Wessington senior Darian Ogunjemilusi has qualified in four events. He is seeded second in both the high jump and long jump, while being seeded sixth in the 200 and eighth in the 100.
Junior Tyler Babcock is seeded eighth for the Warbirds in the shot put, while senior Austin Kemnitz is the 12th seed in the 400.
Wolsey-Wessington has also qualified to compete in the 800 relay.
Senior Logun Feistner of Sanborn Central-Woonsocket is the eighth seed in the 200 and is seeded No. 11 in the 100, while sophomore teammate Spens Schlicht is seeded eight in the 300 hurdles.
The Blackhawks have also qualified to compete in the boys’ medley relay.
De Smet senor Jon Todd will compete in the shot put and discus events. He will be joined by freshman teammate Koby Spader in the discus.
Freshman Baylor Beck is seeded 10th for the Bulldogs in the 1,600, while Trevin Holland will compete in the high jump.
Sunshine Bible Academy is seeded fourth for the boys’ medley relay, sixth in the 3,200 relay and seventh in the 1,600 relay.
Sophomore Jace Burma is seeded fourth for the Crusaders in the 1,600.
Senior Myah Selland of Sanborn Central-Woonsocket will be the top seed heading into the 300 hurdles. She also has top-five qualifying efforts in the 800, high jump and triple jump.
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket will also be competing in the girls’ medley relay.
Competing individually for James Valley Christian will be freshman Alanna Hood (100); senior Samantha Dowling (800); and freshman Alaina Dale (100 hurdles).
The Lady Vikings have also qualified in the 300 and 3,200 relay events.
Junior Taylor Sprecher is seeded fourth in the discus, while sophomore Raquel Nelson is seeded 11th in the 300 hurdles. Also qualifying individually for the Lady Warbirds were freshman Cortney Sprecher (shot put) and sophomore Kailen Krause (long jump).
Wolsey-Wessington will also compete in the 800 and medley relays.
Senior Shannon Poppen has qualified to compete in the shot put and high jump events for De Smet. She will be joined by teammates Kristen Poppen (sophomore) and Kennadi Buchholz (seventh-grader) in the high jump.
Freshman Emily Martens will compete in the 400 for the Lady Bulldogs.
De Smet is the sixth seed in the 3,200 relay and 11th seed in the 1,600 relay.
Freshman Oakley Jandreau qualified in both the 800 and 1,600 races for Highmore-Harrold.
Senior Erin Barrie is the lone state qualifier for Hitchcock-Tulare. She is qualified 18th in the long jump.
Sunshine Bible Academy will compete in the girls’ 3,200 and medley relay events.
Freshman Shariah Brockel qualified in the 400 for the Lady Crusaders.