Track at Belle Fourche's Center of the Nation meet

"It is good to be in with different competition," said coach Jerry Rhodes about the Center of the Nation track meet in Belle Fourche on Saturday, April 18.

"There were A schools, B schools, Central High junior varsity, other Hills schools and some Wyoming schools. It's nice to see how we stack up against some competition that we don't normally see," said Rhodes. There were 18 teams represented at the meet.

"Again, the kids responded very well. The Scotties saw some personal bests. They were reaching down and giving that extra shot. They know that they have to push themselves," said Rhodes.

The top six boys' team standings at the end of the day were Wall - 101 points, Philip - 94, Belle Fourche - 85, Custer - 78, Rapid City Central junior varsity - 55 and Upton, WY - 52.

Chosen as the Philip Athlete of the Meet for the boys was Jeff O'Connell. O'Connell won the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.56. The boys 400 meter relay team of Brandon O'Dea, Rob Williamson, Casey Cvach and O'Connell won in a time of 46.01, which has pre-qualified them for state competition. The team of O'Dea, Williamson, Cvach and O'Connell also won the 1600 meter relay in 3:42.46. Cvach took first place in the 100 meter run in 11.68 seconds.

The top six girls' team standings were Belle Fourche - 86 points, Custer - 78, Sundance, WY, - 75, Newcastle, WY, - 61, Wall - 60 and Philip - 55.

Chosen as the Philip Athlete of the Meet for the girls was Molly Coyle. The 3200 meter relay team of Kianna Knutson, Emily Schofield, Coyle and Holly Iwan took second place in a time of 11:20.92. Josie Guptill earned second place in the high hurdles with a time of 17.47. Marissa Mann threw the shot put a distance of 34'04" to claim second place.


Shot put

Karch Foley, 4th, 42'08"


Foley, 105'

Long jump

O'Dea, 2nd, 18'10.75"

Williamson, 3rd, 18'4.75"

Marcus Martinez, 15'00"

High jump

Cvach, 3rd, 5'9"

100 meter dash

Cvach, 1st, 11.68

O'Dea, 6th, 12.06

200 meter dash

Foley, 25.82

Beau Ferguson, 26.12

Colin Van Lint, 27.57

400 meter dash

O'Connell, 1st, 52.56 (personal best)

Colter Cvach, 61.88

800 meter run

Coyle, 5th, 2:21.94

Kelvin Ferguson, 2:42.0

1600 meter run

Coyle, 8th, 5:13.90

Anthony Iwan, 5:32.19

K. Ferguson, 6:16.64

3200 meter run

K. Ferguson, 13:30.00

High hurdles

Martinez, 20.88 (personal best)

300 meter hurdles

Martinez, 4th, 51.21

400 meter relay

O'Dea, Williamson, Casey Cvach, O'Connell, 1st, 46.01 (team's personal best)

800 meter relay

Van Lint, Williamson, B. Ferguson, O'Connell, 5th, 1:41.09

3200 meter relay

Iwan, B. Ferguson, Coyle, Colter Cvach, 3rd, 9:33.87

1600 meter relay

O'Dea, Williamson, Casey Cvach, O'Connell, 1st, 3:42.46


Shot Put

Mann, 2nd, 34'04"

Kenzy Pinney, 26'08"


Pinney, 79'

Mann, 67'

High hurdles

Guptill, 2nd, 17.47

300 meter hurdles

Colby Smith, 8th, 60.53

100 meter dash

Pinney, 5th, 13.85

Kady Pinney, 14.28

200 meter dash

Kady Pinney, 6th, 30.08

LaRae VanTassel, 32.57

400 meter dash

VanTassel, 75.82

Knutson, 76.79

800 meter run

Iwan, 4th, 2:46.66

Knutson, 8th, 3:04.03

1600 meter run

Schofield, 6th, 6:40.36

Knutson, 7th, 6:41.14

400 meter relay

Kady Pinney, Kenzy Pinney, Coyle, Guptill, 8th, 58.75

800 meter relay

Smith, Kady Pinney, Coyle, Guptill, 3rd, 1:57.40

3200 meter relay

Knutson, Schofield, Coyle, Iwan, 2nd, 11:20.92

1600 meter relay

Smith, Coyle, Iwan, Guptill, 5th, 4:39.65

The next meet for the Scotties was Tuesday, April 21, in Kadoka. The following meets will be in Custer on Friday, April 24, and in Chamberlain on Saturday, April 25.