GROTON - Dozens of athletes took advantage of their first opportunity to compete outdoors Tuesday during the Rob Luecke Invitational track and field meet.
No team points were kept in the meet, but coaches got their first glimpse at what the future might hold for the rest of the spring.
“Our first objective is to kind of get a little bit of gauge of where we're at and use that to determine where we still need to go,” said Roncalli boys' coach Terry Dosch. “We certainly saw that we have no reason to cancel practice for the rest of the year. On the other hand, we showed that we have some kids that have some ability.”
Christian Cox led the Cavaliers by winning the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a state-qualifying time and running on winning 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams. Teammate Trevor Zens made it a complete sweep in the hurdles by winning the 110-meter highs.
Dosch was pleased with the overall effort of his team, especially in the field events.
“We're pretty balanced in a lot of things,” Dosch noted.
Cox was named the Rob Luecke Most Valuable hurdler for the boys, while Jared Noyes of Redfield-Doland, who won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, was chosen the Jay Swisher Most Valuable Runner, and Dan Roberts of Mobridge-Pollock, who won the shot put and discus, was selected the Dick Donovan Most Valuable Field Event performer.
Trent Baldwin of Redfield-Doland won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
The Roncalli girls did not win any individual events, but captured the 1,600-meter relay and 3,200-meter relays.
Cavaliers girls' coach Mark Stone was pleased with many areas, including the field events.
“If our field events start coming around, that makes us more of a complete team,” Stone said. “I just thought overall it was a good starting point. I know we've got lots of room to grow, but we feel really good about what we've already done and what we've been able to accomplish.”
Kass Keller of Mobridge-Pollock was the lone individual double winner in the girls' division, capturing the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She also ran a leg on the winning sprint medley relay squad. She was chosen the Jay Swisher Most Valuable Runner for the girls.
Schyler Sattler of Groton, who won the 100-meter hurdles, was selected the Rob Luecke Most Valuable hurdler, and Shekota Myer of Ipswich, who was second in both the shot put and discus, was chosen the Dick Donovan Most Valuable Field Event athlete.
The Aberdeen Central girls' JV squad had a pair of individual winners on the day. Bridget White won the 100-meter hurdles and also finished second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Hannah Bohling topped the field in the pole vault with teammate Arianna Arampatzis second.
Roncalli is scheduled to compete in a meet at Mobridge on Friday, but the weather forecast has already put that in jeopardy. The Cavaliers will participate in the Redfield Relays a week from Thursday.