Rangers divide and conquer at two meets

Esther Noe
The Hill City Rangers divided up this week to compete at two different meets. First, 15 athletes headed for the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls May 6. 
“This is a good meet because they break the relays into each class,” said head track coach Joe Noyes. “So it gives us a great opportunity to race the other 23 best teams in the relays.”
This in turn helps reveal how the athletes are doing. 
The Ranger girls participated in five relays during this meet and scored high in three of them. During the 400 relay, Riley Wiese, Abby Siemonsma, Jacie Devries and Alaina Dean came in fifth place with a time of 52.49. This same team was back in action for the 800 relay and came in fourth at 1:49.59. Finally, Lillie Ross, Sara DuBois, Jaelyn Peters and Abby Cutler came in eighth place at 10:14.50 for the 3200 relay. 
The Ranger boys only participated in the 3200 relay but came out strong. The team made up of Devin Buehler, Brandon Escalante, Brandon Ramirez and Leighton Aves came in sixth place at 8:35.69. 
“It gave us a good indicator of where we are at,” said Noyes. “It was a very good meet overall.”
On May 7 around 30 Rangers traveled to the Kadoka Area Sports Complex for the Gas & Go Track and Field Invitational. 
“The kids ran very well. We had a ton of kids place and get individual medals and honors,” Noyes said.
All told, the Rangers had 26 placing performances during the meet. 
In the 100-meter run, Cheyanne Burke finished fourth with a time of 13.72 and a personal record. Next, Tiara Faehnrich placed ninth in the 400 at 1:13.04. During the 800, Paiton Flick finished fourth at 2:58.73 with Taya Butler just behind her in fifth at 2:59.35. Flick then returned for the 1600 and took home the gold with a time of 6:26.76.
The Ranger girls placed in both hurdle events as well. In the 100 hurdles, Zoe Alexander placed fifth at 19.66. After that, Burke came in fourth at 53.82 in the 300 hurdles. 
For the relays, Cara Ronish, Whitney Edwards, Brittney Hanson and Xitlalic Lupercio came in fourth place with a combined time of 58.70. Then, in the 800 relay Burke, Maycie Weaver, Faehnrich and Zoe placed third with a time of 2:03.45. 
Meanwhile, three Ranger girls placed in both shot put and discus. For shot put, Cassidy Moody placed first at 34-4, Whitney Edwards placed third at 32-11 and Cara Ronish placed eighth at 28-05. Edwards also scored first in discus at 100-8 with Moody in fourth at 90-4 and Lupercio in sixth at 88-1. 
The Ranger boys placed great in this meet as well. In the 100, Aidan Voorhees finished in 10th with a time of 12.66. Eli Isakson placed fifth at 58.41 in the 200 with Seth Knutson following shortly in 10th place at 59.67. Then in the 800, CJ Stoeckmann finished eighth with a time of 2:43.37. CJ raced again in the 1600. This time he placed fourth at 5:33.20 with Connor Baseley in eighth at 5:43.87. 
Grayson Rahn achieved two personal records in the hurdle events for his performance. He placed first in both the 110 hurdles at 17.93 and the 300 hurdles at 43.79. 
In the 400 relay, Daniel Hernandez, Voorhees, Jerrad Hislop and Isaac Dean placed fifth with a time of 48.18. Then, Rahn, Voorhees, Zephaniah Martinez and Knutson claimed silver in the 800 relay with a time of 1:44.1.
During the high jump, Alexander Stoeckmann placed third at 5-1, and Hislop placed seventh at 4-7. Then when it came time for the long jump, Isaac got a personal record and third place at 18-4. Close behind him was Alexander in sixth place at 17-5 1/4
Next up, the Rangers will compete at the Black Hills Conference at Douglas Friday. 
“The conference meet has both a junior varsity and varsity divisions so we’ll be able to get all of our athletes in a couple different races and give them the opportunity to compete,” Noyes said. “I’m super excited to see what the Rangers can do here the next three weeks. I just feel really encouraged about where we’re at.”

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