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South Dakota School of Mines distance runner Andrew Ferris provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Meet in the 800-meter run over the weekend.

Ferris's school record time of 1 minute, 52.48 seconds at the Colorado School of Mines Last Chance Meet in Golden, Colo. 

“Andy ran a great race on Sunday,” Hardrocker track and field assistant coach Steve Johnson said in a release. “He was in a heat with four guys who had already achieved their national qualifying marks and he handled the situation really well. He went through the half-way mark about a .5 seconds faster than he’s been all season and it paid off. He finishes the season ranked No. 10 freshman in NCAA Division II and broke his own school record by almost .7 of a second.”

Ferris will now wait and see if the provisional time will hold up for entrance into the national meet scheduled for May 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Walton-Blanden to play basketball at Gillette College

Former Rapid City Central basketball standout Kailleb Walton-Blanden will be continuing his basketball career at Gillette College in Wyoming next season.

The signing of his national letter of intent will take place in the activities lobby at Central Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.