De Smet hosts first track meet in 24 years

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Fifteen teams participated April 14 when De Smet High School hosted its first track meet in about 24 years. Nearly 500 athletes were listed on the rosters.


The De Smet boys team placed eighth and the girls placed fifth in the meet.


The De Smet Booster Club Relays were held at Wilkinson Field, the new athletic complex, with Don Bohn announcing.


DHS athletic director and meet organizer Marv McCune said they locked in a date for the meet late last year and sent out information to potential teams.


“We originally had about eight teams interested, but as spring approached, it grew to 17 possible teams,” he said. “Finally, 15 participated.”


High school track meets in De Smet were discontinued after the 1992 season because the old track no longer met state regulations.


Construction on the new track was not completed in time to schedule home meets last spring and McCune said a lot of work was finished this year in the week prior to the first meet.


“There were many last minute details to physically get done at the track — from the shot put area, to concrete work, to cleanup from construction and garbage, to fencing and painting lines,” McCune said. “Many people helped during the week and it wouldn’t have taken place without their help.” McCune said that about 30 volunteers were needed to pull off a successful meet.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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