The absence of spring has not stopped the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs from smashing seven indoor track and field school records. The teams traveled to the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) on Monday, April 3. The boys broke two indoor records for Milbank and the girls broke five indoor records. Several MHS athletes also earned top-10 finishes at the invitational.
Eric Townsend, head track and field coach for both teams, said, “With the crazy spring weather, it was finally nice to actually get on a track. This was a pretty large meet with many teams wanting to get a chance to compete.”
For the Bulldogs:1.) Garrett Mertens broke the indoor MHS school record in the 400-meter dash with his time of 53.23. 2.) James Batchelor broke the indoor MHS school record in the 3200-meter run with his time of 10:30.06.
For the Lady Bulldogs:1.) Siera Wenzl broke her own indoor MHS school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.45. 2.) Maurina Street broke the indoor MHS school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.02. 3.) Ellie Neugebauer broke the MHS indoor school record in the triple jump with a leap of 29′ 2.5″. 4.) Laney Forrette, Isabella Anderson, Ella Sandvig, and Wenzl broke the MHS indoor school record in the 400-meter relay with a time 54.57. 5.) Street, Anderson, Neugebauer, and Wenzl each ran a leg in the 1600-meter run. The team broke the MHS indoor school record with a time of 4:24.64.*Records for MHS indoor track and field events have been collected since 2021.
Bulldog place winners at the invitational included Jayden Johnson, who took second place in the pole vault competition with his vault of 13′ 0″. Sam Rick earned seventh place in the same event at 11’0′.
Batchelor, Bryan Meyer, Liam Heller, and Peyton Brown took second place for Milbank in the 3200-meter relay. They had a combined time of 8:39.87. Batchelor also placed fourth in the 3200-meter run with his time of 10:30.06.
The Bulldog relay team made up of Brown, Meyer, Emmett Hanson, and Mertens secured sixth place with their combined time of 3:43.64. Brown also took sixth in the 1600-meter run. He crossed the finish line at 4:46.53.Jacy Dexter earned the highest place at the invitational for the Lady Bulldogs. She took second place with her pole vault of 10′ 0″. The Bulldog girls relay team — made up of Street, Anderson, Neugebauer, and Wenzl — took fifth place. Bianca Berry earned sixth place in the 3200-meter run. Maggie Kruger earned seventh place honors with her pole vault of 8’6″. Neugebauer, with her aforementioned triple jump total, secured eighth place for Milbank.
Complete Results for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs include: