Welcome back to the Platinum Lounge, your home for the top times and marks across North and South Dakota High School Track and Field!
We've only got a handful of meets left in the T&F season, but that doesn't mean you should expect the list below to look the same at season's end in two weeks. As common sense would dictate, top competition combined with peak fitness equals impressive performances, and to that end, we had 13 Platinum marks set between the two state meets last year.
It's just a reminder that even though the numbers on the list below are impressive, many might not end up lasting as the best in the Dakotas come May 28...
As always, bear in mind our Platinum Leaderboard is comprised entirely of fully automatic times (FAT) or handheld times that have been converted to FAT.
Girls Platinum Leaderboard Platinum Record
100m : Megan Erickson, Dickinson – 11.96^ (BAC Classic, 5/6) 11.96^
200m : Krista Bickley, Brandon Valley – 24.74+ (Yankton Invite, 4/18) 24.27
400m : Krista Bickley, Brandon Valley – 56.05 (Pierre Legion Relays, 4/21) 54.08*
800m : Jasmyne Cooper, Sioux Falls Lincoln – 2:12.14 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/5) 2:11.19
1600m : Karly Ackley, Grand Forks Central – 4:55.10 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/6) 4:53.76
3200m : Karly Ackley, Grand Forks Central – 10:42.81 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/5) 10:32.86*
100m Hurdles : Elizabeth Schaefer, Rapid City Stevens – 14.78 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/5) 14.54
300m Hurdles : Elizabeth Schaefer, Rapid City Stevens – 43.90^ (Rich Greeno Invite, 5/12) 43.90^
Shot Put : Akealy Moton, West Fargo – 49-9* (Eagles Relays, 4/21) 49-9*
Discus : Shelby Frank, Grand Forks Red River - 149-6^ (Fargo Rotary, 5/8) 149-6^
High Jump : Michelle Johnson, Rapid City Central – 5-8^ (Queen City Classic, 4/7) 5-8^
Long Jump : Callie DeWitt, Sioux Falls O’Gorman – 18-7.5 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/6) 18-10
Triple Jump : Shayla Howell, Belle Fourche – 37-9 (Rapid City Qualifier, 5/9) 38-10.25
Pole Vault : Whitney Scott, Watertown – 11-4 (Watoma Relays, 4/21) 11-9~
Totals: 9/14 from South Dakota, 13/14 from the biggest class in either state
*State Record ~Tied Mark from Last Year ^Set This Year +Converted to FAT
Boys Platinum Leaderboard Platinum Record
100m : Cameron Kuil, Winner – 10.74+ (Big Dakota Conference Meet, 4/18) 10.54
200m : Alex Brosseau, Bismarck Legacy - 21.78 (Radke/Orvik Classic, 5/12) 21.60
400m : Cameron Kuil, Winner – 49.27 (SSDC Conference Meet, 5/9) 47.54*
800m : Beau Brannan, Bismarck Legacy – 1:55.53 (Charlie Denton Relays, 4/28) 1:52.38
1600m : Hunter Lucas, Fargo Davies – 4:12.88^ (Charlie Denton Relays, 4/28) 4:12.88^
3200m : Leif Everson, Williston – 9:12.90+ (HW Dakota Relays, 5/5) 8:58.49
110m Hurdles : Dominic Martinez, Williston – 14.68 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/6) 14.15
300m Hurdles : Manuel Bradford, Minot – 39.45 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/6) 38.56
Shot Put : Logan McGough, Rapid City Central – 55-10.75 (HW Dakota Relays, 5/6) 63-6.5
Discus : Austin Eppard, Chester Area – 174-3 (Tom Main Invite, 4/22) 178-1
High Jump : Allan McDonnell, Wall – 6-9 (Comet Classic, 5/2) 7-0
Long Jump : Brandon Lewis, Bismarck Legacy – 23-2 (Dickinson Coke, 4/7) 23-4
Triple Jump : Sage Hagen, Rapid City Central – 46-4 (Track-O-Rama, 4/13) 47-3
Pole Vault : Mike Herauf, Dickinson – 15-7 (Knutson Invite, 5/9) 16-0
Totals: 8/14 from North Dakota, 10/14 from the biggest class in either state
*State Record ^Set This Year +Converted to FAT
As a reminder, Jason Andera, Jay Elsen and I recap the Platinum news each week on Midco Sports Network's "Varsity Sports" on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. We do our best to get all the top times and marks in the Dakota, but if you see a mark we've missed, report it on Twitter to @AHeinertMidcoSN.
Thanks for reading and for supporting track and field, and enjoy all the region and last-chance meets before State Track 2017!