Versatility took center stage at Swisher Field as young athletes competed in multi-events.
The girls' heptathlon and boys' and men's decathlon concluded on Friday along with the pentathlon and triathlon at the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Meet at Swisher Field.
Athletes competed in multiple events that included jumps, throws, sprints and distance running on a warm day.
Rapid City Central and Aberdeen Roncalli athletes, both past and present, found success. Ben Jasinski, former Cobbler, won the men's open decathlon. Jasinski, a jumper, competed four years at South Dakota State and just finished his first season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of South Dakota. Jasinski won with 6,575 points to 6,114 for Jeff Seagren in second.
The biggest mover on the second day was former Aberdeen Roncalli athlete Aaron Fuller, who moved from fifth in the standings after Thursday's competition to third overall. Fuller just completed his junior season in the multi-events at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Colton Cox, who will be an eighth-grader at Roncalli in the fall, won the youth boys' outdoor pentathlon. His best marks came in the hurdles and shot put.
In the girls' competition Colette Christensen, who will be a junior in the fall at Rapid City Central, won the girls' intermediate heptathlon in a field that included two Aberdeen Central athletes, Alexis Clark and Hannah Bohling. All three athletes compete in track and field and gymnastics.
Christensen scored 3,718 points with her top events being high jump and 200-meter dash. Clark followed in second with 3,123 points. Her best events were also high jump and the dash. Bohling scored 2,500 points and her best event was the high jump.
Ariana Arampatzis made her presence known in Aberdeen once again. After spending the last school year living in Philip and helping her grandmother deal with a death in the family, Arampatzis plans to finish her upcoming senior year at Central.
Arampatzis totaled 3,472 points to edge her Central teammate Larissa Swanson with 3,458. Arampatzis' top events were the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Swanson picked up big points in the 200-meter dash and high jump.
The girls' heptathlon competition included a javelin throw. Javelin is not contested in high school in South Dakota so the competitors were learning about the event on the fly.
The bulk of the competition at the Junior Olympic meet will take place today. Action starts today with field events at noon and running at 1 p.m.
Note: The athletes are competing unattached unless otherwise noted.
1, Jenna Bergantine, Team Nodak, 859 points: shot put, 15-6 , 191 points; high jump, 3-5, 172 points; 200-meter dash, :29.8, 496 points.
2. Merritt Beil, Team Nodak, 815 points: shot put, 15-5, 190 points; high jump, 3-6, 197 points; 200-meter dash, :30.8, 428 points.