SIOUX FALLS – Marisa Schulz closed out her prep athletic career in style, as a state champion.
The Dakota Valley senior used an unexpected strategy to claim a pair of state titles on Saturday during the Class A state track and field meet at Howard Wood Field.
Schulz, leading the final 800 of her title win in the 1,600, ran a six-second personal best in 5:06.16 to win the second individual state title of her career to go with the 3,200 from her sophomore year.
“It’s been a crazy day,” said Schulz. “The emotions, there still just in awe I’m still smiling all the time. I feel like it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Schulz came back an hour later to anchor the Panthers to a state title in the sprint medley relay, running a school-record time of 4:14.22. It was the second medley title in five years for the school.
Schulz, who ran a 2:17 anchor 800 to close out the medley title, defeated several of her Dakota XII Conference rivals.
Dakota Valley, scoring in only five of the 19 events, finished fourth in the final Class A girls team standings with 49 points.
Maddie Lavin of Vermillion finished in fourth place in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.35. She also ran anchor on the Tanager sprint medley relay team that took fourth place. Lavin, last year’s state champ in the 1,600 and 3,200, also anchored a seventh-place 4x400 team.
Elk Point-Jefferson got a fourth-place in the Class A girls 4x400 relay and Calli Davis had the top Huskie individual effort with a fifth in the 400 in 1:00.1. Freshman Kenna Curry of EP-J also placed seventh in the discus with a 112-3 throw.
Dakota Valley's boys placed fifth in the Class A 4x200 and sixth in the 4x100 relays.
Vermillion was third in the A boys medley.