Red Cloud finishes strong at track & field tournament

posted on April 26, 2012

On a scorching April afternoon earlier this week, Red Cloud’s track teams – boys and girls – exhibited some impressive running.

At the Pine Ridge High School track invitational, the Red Cloud boys finished third overall out of six teams. The girls finished second overall with a point total of 102, only four points behind first place winner Todd County. Coach Matt Rama says he is very proud of his team members: “The hard work the kids are doing in practice is really beginning to show in their performance in the meets,” he said.

First place individual finishers included Wiyaka Pomarleau ’12 in the 400 meter dash, Myriam Rama ’15 in the 800 meter, and Myriam Rama also in the 1600 meter. First place relay teams included the following: 4x400 meter relay (James Knutson ’12, Wiyaka Pomarleau ’12, Christian Phelps ’13, and Randy Hughes ’15), 4x800 meter relay (Myriam Rama ’15, Savannah Jensen ’14, Sierra Concha ’14, and Christi Sioux Bob ’14), and the girls’ 4x400 meter relay (Rama, Sioux Bob, Concha, and Terra Garnier ’14).

The runners’ greatest adversary was not necessarily the competition, but the heat. Temperatures topped out at 90 degrees – unseasonably warm for a South Dakota April – and many of the team members took refuge under Red Cloud’s shade tent when not competing. Sophomore Sierra Concha reported, “It was so hot that I felt dizzy every time I ran!”

Perhaps, but to look at her strong performance in her events, Concha must have been able to put the heat out of her mind.


Selected individual stats are as follows:


4x800 meter relay – 2nd place: Randy Hughes, Aaron Thompson, Percival I’atala, Tim Big Crow (all ’15)

4x100 meter relay – 2nd place; Bryce Leftwich ’12, Lyle Jacobs ’12, Jun Yup Jung ’13, Falcon Albers ’13

300 meter hurdles – 3rd place; Kristian Big Crow ’14

800 meter dash – 3rd place; Aaron Thompson ’15

200 meter dash – 2nd place; Wiyaka Pomarleau ’12


4x100 meter relay – 3rd place: Sammi Boucher ’15, Kylie I’atala ’14, Cherella Hughes ’12, Crystal Bad Wound ’13

3200 meter – 2nd place: Savannah Jensen ’14

Shot put – 3rd place: Eileen Stover ’15

800 meter relay – 3rd place: Sierra Concha ’14, Kylie I’atala ’14, Sammi Boucher ’15, Cherella Hughes ’12

Long jump – 3rd place: Christi Sioux Bob ’14

High jump – 3rd place: Jamie Richards ’15


A photo gallery of the meet can be found HERE.