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TEA, S.D.| Dakota Valley's track and field team had a strong opening day at the the South Dakota Class A meet held here Friday.

Panther junior Alyssa Johnson won a state title in the high jump clearing 5-3 to take the title. Teammate Nikita Reinschmidt was among four other jumpers to clear 5-1 and took fourth.

DV junior Cole Bergmann was also third in the boys high jump, clearing 6-5. Mason Schmidt of Dell Rapids won the event with a 6-7 jump.

Panther seniors Anna Rasmussen and Marisa Schulz started their final weekend of prep competition with strong finishes.

Schulz logged a third-place in the 3,200 meter run while Ramussen took second in the triple jump.

Schulz, a senior, ran a time of 11:33.55 but was well behind event winner Cait Savey of Beresfod who ran a 11:14.98. Maddie Lavin of Vermillion was fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:45.20. Dakota Valley is fourth in the team standings with 21 points, behind leader Custer's 30.

Rasmussen had a leap of 35-10.5 but couldn't overcome the meet-record jump of 39-9.25 by Shayla Howell of Belle Fourche.

Vermillion and Dakota Valley ran first and second in the qualifying for the girls sprint medley relay and will both be looking for wins on Saturday. The Tanagers ran a 4:20.31 while the Panthers, running in a different heat, were .03 slower. Vermillion's boys also advanced the the sprint medley finals.

Freshman Calli Davis of Elk Point-Jefferson qualified for the 400 final after running a 1:01.05 in the preliminaries. Vermillion's boys and girls 4x400 relay teams also moved on to Saturday's finals along with Elk Point-Jefferson qualifying in each event.

The finals will be held at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls Friday.


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