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Brynn Coyle takes first at State "B" track meet in Sioux Falls

Out of 55 teams at the State “B” Track Tournament, Philip placed 14th with 19 team points. Brynn Coyle earned 16 of those points with first place in the shotput, a toss of 39’9.5”, and third place in the discus, a throw of 128’ 00”.

“Brynn Coyle ended her high school career as a state champion in the shot put. She also established a new Philip school record with a toss of 41’1.5” earlier this season, ” Head Track Coach Jerry Rhodes said. In the discus competition, Coyle had to contend with the first place thrower, Amber Brodersen of Wolsey-Wessington, who set a meet record with a throw of 145’6”.

Jodi Williams placed sixth overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.12. “She had a respectable year. She also established a new school record in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 12.6 earlier this season,” Rhodes said.

Maggie Coyle did not place at the state tournament, but did run her personal best this year in the 3200-meter run in a time of 13:27.0.

Going into the state meet, the girls’ 4x100 relay had one of the better times. Their nerves or jitters of being at state were possibly what affected their hand-offs and kept them from getting into the finals. The four girls were Sarah Albrecht, Kenzy Pinney, Beth Lawson, and Jodi Williams.

The girls’ medley 1600 relay did not make it to the finals, but still ran well. The girls (Heather Finn, Beth Lawson, Kenzy Pinney and Kayla O’Connell) ran a time of 4:44.

In the 100-meter dash, Jodi Williams missed out making the finals, but ran a 13.09 in the semi-finals. Kenzy Pinney had a fine clocking of 13.4 in the preliminaries. Williams missed going into the finals of the 400-meter dash by one place, on a clocking of 63.5.

“Considering that we had only half a dozen boys out for track this year, we had a good season. John Hart had an excellent day at state in pole vaulting and ended up second overall with a leap of 12’6”. His vaulting buddy, Wade Royer from Jones County, leapt 14’6”, which is a new state class “B” record,” Rhodes said. “In the shot put, Branden Moos had a toss of 43’8” which would have placed him in the top dozen or so.”

“Overall, we had an excellent year,” Rhodes said in summary. “The girls performed well all season. They won quite a few meets and capped the season off with winning the regional meet.”