Members of the Hot Springs Middle School girls’ track & field team include, back row, from left: Grace Rickenbach, manager Erin Yaeger, Chandre McDaniel, Julia McKinney, Tallyn Lockhart, Amanda Safranek, Courtney Naasz, Darci Rogers, Kaylee Peck and coach Darci Ferebee. Middle row: Delaney Graves, Hannah Cantrell, Sable Simmons, Cassidy Skrdlant, Natasha Woeppel, Andrea Norton, Zoey Osmotherly, Bree Thompson and Mary Hayes. Front row: Marion Willmus, Jenny Rooks, Myca Cantrell, Chelsea Christopherson and Sam Puckett. Not pictured are manager Sasha Stover, Haylea Stover and Harlynn Stover. Brett Nachtigall/Hot Springs Star

HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Middle School track and field teams, consisting of both boys and girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, have been competing in meets throughout the month of April.

Coach Don Haskvitz said his boys’ team won 43 ribbons at their most recent home meet, the Hot Springs Invitational, on April 9, earning 11 first-place ribbons, eight second-place ribbons, nine for third-place, six fourth-place, five fifth-place and four sixthplace ribbons.

“These boys have been training very hard this season along with overcoming adversities like the weather, injuries and new techniques,” said Coach Haskvitz. “The community and school can be very proud of them. They have been working diligently at listening, work ethic, individualized training sessions and trying to improve every day.”

First-year girls’ coach Darci Ferebee also said her team has been working very hard and continues to improve daily. They earned 24 ribbons at the Hot Springs Invitational including three first-place ribbons, four second-place, three third-place, three fourth-place, seven fifth-place and four sixth-place ribbons

“The middle school girls have been working very hard,” said Coach Ferebee. “Despite a few injuries they have been training hard and competing well at meets. The girls are all willing to try new events and they are a fun group to work with.”

She added that the team is mostly led by her 8th graders, but the 6th and 7th graders together make a great younger group, too.

“We had a meet last Thursday in Douglas where the girls improved in many ways,” she said. “It was stiffer competition but they performed very well. We have a meet on Saturday in Belle Fourche and that should really give them an idea of where they are at. Our goal is just to keep improving each week until we reach the conference meet on May 14th.”