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Washington's Waddell and Heck Are Lennon MVP's

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Kari Heck of Sioux Falls Washington and Alex Waddell of Sioux Falls Washington were named MVPs of the Class A portion of the Dan Lennon Invitational, which was held Monday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.  More than 1,100 athletes from four states competed at the annual high school track meet.


Heck won two individual events and also anchored Washington’s winning distance medley relay. The senior set a new Class A meet record in the long jump with a winning effort of 18-7, shattering the previous record by 10 inches, and also set a new school record in winning the 60-meter dash at 7.84, topping the previous record by .03 seconds. She also anchored the 1,600 sprint medley team that won with a time of 4:20.98.


Waddell won the boys 400-meter dash with a time of 50.76, and anchored a pair of record-setting winning relays for Washington. Washington set a Class A meet record of 3:38.85 in winning the 1,600 sprint medley relay, and also set the record of 3:29.83 in winning the 4x400 relay.


Sioux Falls Lincoln also set a new record in winning the 4x200 relay. The Patriots’ ran a time of 1:32.93, breaking the previous mark of 1:34.40 set by Bellevue (Neb.) West in 2003.


Long-time track and field coach Victor Godfrey of Watertown, S.D., was presented with the 2012 Dan Lennon Award during Monday’s meet. Godfrey, the 23rd recipient of the award, is in his 50th season of coaching track and field in 2012. He is the long-time head coach at Watertown High School, where he currently serves as co-head coach.


The Class B portion of the meet begins at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the DakotaDome.

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