Freshman hurdler Taylor Thue set a school record Tuesday, April 12, during the South Dakota National Guard Invitational track and field meet at AB Campbell Stadium in Milbank. Despite the cold and wind, Thue broke the girls’ 300-meter hurdle record previously set by Becky Gomer in 2005. Thue flew through the course with a time of :46.79, downing Gomer’s time of :47.23. In the process, Thue qualified for the state meet by beating the standard time of :48.40. She also won the 100-meter hurdles and was a member of the top 400 and 1,600-meter relays.
Freshman Elisabeth Schwenn was a quadruple winner during the meet. She finished first in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes and was on the winning 400 and 1,600-meter relays. Makayla Johnson and Mackayla Schuelke were also members of both relay teams.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Danica Schulte, Christina Lusk, Madi Thue, and Gabbi Cummins captured first place to round out the top finishers in the girls’ division.
Tanner Gauer led the boys’ team with two first place finishes. He won the 100 and 200-meter dashes – qualifying for the state meet in the 200 with a time of :22.82. The standard time in that event is :23.1. His time moved him into number five on the MHS all-time honor roll. Gauer qualified for state in the 100-meter dash last week during the Whetstone Invitational.
Also earning individual wins for Milbank were Nate Bien, 110-meter hurdles; Caden Bjordahl, 300-meter hurdles; Tanner Bock and Preston Morton, tied in high jump; Jake Karges, long jump; and Jake Anderson, triple jump. The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Caden Bjordahl, Tanner Bock, Kody Johnson, and Dylan Johnson earned first place as did the boys 1,600-meter relay team of Derrick Aho, Kyle Montag, Jake Anderson, and Cole Dockter.
Milbank will be back in action Tuesday, April 19, at the Kiwanis Invitational in Clear Lake.
Following are the complete results for Milbank from the SDNG Invitational: