Thursday 9 p.m. sportscast

The Rapid City Central track and field team is looking for big things this year from a girls squad that took fifth last season and returns 200-meter individual champ Hannah Young to lead a strong corps of sprinters and 2017 state hurdle champ Emilee Nickel for her senior campaign ... I headed over to Cobbler practice yesterday to see how they're approaching the spring of 2019 ...

The Rapid City Central track and field team is looking forward to the season with the return of key pieces and the arrival of reinforcements to counter the loss of some standouts ... Dolan said, "We have some big shoes to fill on the boys side, there's no doubt about it, with Sage Hagen our sprinter and jumper, big loss, Dylan Hay was huge, Kailleb Walton-Blanden on there, Ryder Gary, those guys were seasoned veterans but now we've got the next new crew coming up." The Cobbler boys were the state runner-up last season but have a lot of points to replace ... but Dolan sees a strong hurdle crew and some untapped talent as something to build on. Dolan said, "Now we've got the next new crew coming up, we've got a mix of juniors and seniors and I think by the end we'll be competitive. We lack a little bit of depth in some areas on the boys side, but our hurdle crew we're really deep there as far as 110s and the 300s." One of those standout hurdlers says he's been impressed by the younger additions and is excited to see what they can do once they get into the heat of competition.

Kayleb Twomey said, "I can say that we also have some underclassmen that have never done track and they decided to come out for track and they're doing great, so I'm kind of excited to see what the season brings." The Cobbler girls finished fifth at last year's state meet and will look to individual state champions Hannah Young and Emilee Nickel to provide leadership, along with Hannah's twin sister Hayleigh.

Hayleigh Young said, "A lot of us we're really young last year so we were kind of in that fifth-place range but I think that as we grow as a team we're going to get better and better because we're all getting older and getting more used to going to state and like going to the meets and stuff." Hayleigh's sister Hannah is the returning 200-meter state champion and 100-meter runner-up and she knows that she's going to have to be even better this season if she wants to stay in front of the pack.

Hannah Young said, "It kind of makes me a little bit nervous but also I'm really excited to try to get that state title again. It just kind of makes me work extra harder and having my teammates there just helps me a lot." The Cobblers will take part in the Queen City Classic Friday in Spearfish. Action gets underway at Lyle Hare Stadium at 9 o'clock in the morning.>


and in other high school baseball action from tonight, the Sturgis Scoopers dropped Lead-Deadwood 11-1 ... the Golddiggers will play at Hot Springs on Tuesday in their next game. Sturgis hosts Pierre tomorrow in a doubleheader at 5 o'clcok.

In some college athletics news, the South Dakota School of Mines golf teams will host Dickinson State in a two-day dual event Sunday and Monday at Arrowhead Country Club. The tournament was recently added to the schedule ... the Hardrocker women will follow that event up with a matchup with Black Hills State at Spearfish Canyon Country Club on Tuesday.