Ranger athletes score well at Douglas

Esther Noe

The Hill City Rangers were back in action at the Douglas High School Early Bird Track and Field Varsity Invitational on April 2. According to head coach Joe Noyes, "It went really well." The students showed up ready to work hard and push each other.

The Ranger Women placed especially well last week, scoring in the top eight in seven different events.

In the 200 meter run, Jacie Devries came in eight at 27.94. Then during the 400-meter run, Alaina Dean finished fourth with a time of 1:05.28. Sara Dubois was close behind her, finishing sixth with a time of 1:05.50. Finally, in the 800-meter run, Abby Cutler placed third, clocking in at 2:32.22.

Next up were the relays. For the 4x100 relay Riley Wiese, Cheyanne Burke, Devries and Dean came in fifth at 53.28. After that, Wiese, Dubois, Abby Siemonsma and Dean teamed up for the 4x200 relay. Here they came in second place with a time of 1:57.75.

The 4x400 relay was run by Dubois, Lillie Ross, Cutler and Jaelyn Peters. Together they placed eighth with a time of 4:34.12. Then in the 4x800 relay, Culter, Ross, Peters, and Natalie Hanka took home the gold with a time of 10:37.30. Finally, in the SMR 200-200-400-800 challenge Maycie Weaver, Sydney Gednalske, Tiara Faenrich and Paiton Flick came in sixth place with a time of 5.33.06.

Last but not least for the Ranger Women, Cassidy Moody placed second in shot put with a score of 33-10.25. Whitney Edwards placed next for Hill City in eighth at 30-05.25.

The Ranger Men scored high in the 4x800 relay. Devin Buehler, Luke Rupert, Leighton Aves and Brandon Escalante placed fifth with a time of 9:15.35. Close behind them, Brandon Ramirez, Eli Isakson, Tate Grabow and Connor Baseley placed eighth with a time of 9:49.60.

In Discus, Tanner Davis came in sixth at 118-03. Then in the high jump, Buehler scored seventh at 5-06.00. Isaac Dean also went high on the long jump, scoring fifth place at 18-03.25.

"I'm pleased with where we are for this time of the year," shared Noyes. "I think there is a lot of energy around the success we're having. The kids seem to be excited. They seem to show up every day with more and more energy to improve and get better, and that's always really encouraging as a coach."

As a whole, the team is working toward growth and fine-tuning their technique. The Ranger Women have an even distribution of strong athletes between the events. Meanwhile, although the Ranger Men have a lot of younger members, everyone is striving to do their best.

This group of forty-five athletes also has the support of six coaches, three of which have volunteered their time and energy to help the Rangers succeed this year. "It's really cool to see that in a small community," said Noyes

The next track meet is the Queen City Classic on Friday, April 8 in Spearfish.

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