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This past week the Hot Springs track team competed twice; Thursday was the home meet of which hasn't happened for two years and the second meet was the Black hills Track Classic held in Sturgis.

In the first home meet the Hot Springs saw Hill City, Little Wound, Pine Ridge, Oelrichs compete with the Bison on what turned out to be a pretty good day as far as weather conditions have been lately.

A small meet opens up opportunities to run as many people as possible in each event and so it was at the home meet. Riley Abbot stepped up and placed in all three of his events placing 2nd in the 100m, (12.65), 2nd in the 200m, (25.87), and 3rd in the 400m, (58:53), setting a PR in this race. Not to be out done, Carley Spray placed second in the 200m, (24.69) and first in the 400m, (1:09.43). Abrianne Baca ran a strong 300m hurdle race placing first in a time of 55:43. Keaton Bissonette stepped up in the 800m open placing first and running a PR of 2:18.32.

The throwers, again had a good day in the rings, with McKenzie Cope placing first in the shot, (32-03) and 2nd in the discus, (93-10). Garrett Heil placed first in the shot, (38-06) and Marcus Harkless placing first in the discus with a throw of 111-06.The 4 x 800m team of Josh Stanley, Pierce Sword, Adam Conseor and Tyler Winscot placed second with a PR time of 8:58.65.

Hot Springs had many more placers in this meet especially from the throwers; this has been another good meet for the Bison in the throwing events. Really have to hand it to the other coaches who do an excellent job of preparing your kids for competition.

Black Hill Track Classic

This meet; held in Sturgis, always brings a different level of competition to the area. The meet usually sees some very good teams from Sheridan and Gillette participate. Just as an after note, sometimes a former Hot Springs kid was seen performing, Jackson Pekula.

The Bison ran pretty well Saturday and competed very well and in some cases had to compete the entire day as Thomas Massa competed in four events. Thomas is Hot Springs' work horse in the sprint races, he continues to improve weekly and is an good leader. The Bison did not place many kids in this meet but it was not for a lack of effort. I thought we ran with more heart today, which show that these athlete’s are really trying to represent Hot Springs in the best possible way. We did not come away empty handed as Josh Stanley placed 8th in the mile with a PR time of 4:47.83 and then turned around and placed 7th in the 800 with a time of 2:08. The mile time was impressive as he dropped 11 seconds off of his previous best. Josh also helped the 4 x 800m team to a 6th place finish, (9:07). Pierce Sword, Adam Conseor and Tyler Winscot ran each of their legs with a great deal of guts. I do have to acknowledge Tyler’s effort today as he ran the 400m leg of the medley relay and then came back to run a really good 800m open. Not many kids can go back to back in what I think are the most grinding races.

We will now have some time off to recover and take care of some hopefully minor injuries before we compete again a week from Tuesday.

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