SIOUX FALLS — Rapid City pole vaulters Stevens made a bet with their event coach James Vollmer ahead of Day 1 of Thursday’s state track meet at Howard Wood Field.
Vollmer told the three qualifying Raiders that if each of them reached the podium, they would shave their heads. After Emily Adams, Hope Bryant and Brekkan Lockhart posted personal bests to finish in the top eight, Vollmer said he would keep his promise.
“I heard something about it,” head coach Paul Hendry said. “It’s exciting for these three girls to accomplish this feat. That’s what you want to see for these girls, do your best for the state meet. You hope that’s enough to score points and win a state title.
Adams entered the event tied with Brandon Valley’s Bethany Dybdahl at 10-foot-9 for first place. The Stevens senior exceeded expectations after clearing 11 feet on her second attempt, but so did Dybdahl.
The standards rose to 11ft 3in and both jumpers failed on their first two attempts. Davis also missed his last attempt before Dybdahl crossed the bar on his second and grabbed the top spot to claim the state title.
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“I’m really happy with how today went,” Adams said. “I established a PR, finished second and all of my teammates were able to be on the podium with me, so it was a good day. It was a nice way to end terminale.”
Bryant and Lockhart tied for eighth at 10 feet. Bryant beat his previous PR by 6 inches and Lockhart improved his PR by a foot in the last encounter of his high school career.
The Stevens girls added three more points in the 4×800 meters relay with a sixth-place finish. The Raiders team of Hailey Uhre, Lucia Vidas, Sierra Hoop and Brianna Holso finished in 9 minutes, 42.08 seconds.
Stevens sits fourth in the girls’ standings in Thursday’s four events with 12 points, behind No. 1 O’Gorman (28.5), No. 2 Brandon Valley (20) and No. 3 Harrisburg (12 ,5).
“The big thing for today was getting to the final,” Hendry said. “In the field events, we performed well and collected points. It’s a hot day so we need to take care of ourselves, hydrate, rest and prepare for a big day tomorrow.
Jason Maciejczak finishes 2nd on disc
Jason Maciejczak was hoping to upset Sioux Falls Washington’s Kael Miedma in the boys’ competition but fell short despite a solid outing Thursday at Howard Wood Field.
The junior Douglas threw 165-foot-8 on his third attempt in Vol 1 to clinch second place. Miedma looked impressive in the ring with a winning throw of 173 feet 8 inches.
Maciejczak finished second in discus for the second straight season.
“I’ve got another year,” said Maciejczak, who is traded to Pierre TF Riggs. “There are always things you would like to do better, but what’s done is done. I thought today was a good day to get back to that 160 foot mark. I still have a year to improve and I hope to reach 200.”
Kael and Maciejczak return to the field Friday for the shot put, ranked first and second respectively. Maciejczak hopes to finish first in this battle and overcome a disappointing performance at the Dakota Relays earlier this season.
“I feel like I have to redeem myself from the Dakota stints,” Maciejczak said. “I want to get back into the rhythm and I hope to cross the 60 foot mark tomorrow. I want to build on that even if I didn’t win, but today was a good day.
His performance made Douglas the highest-ranked team in West River going into the first day of competition. The Patriots sit in seventh place with eight points after Thursday.
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