Larry Leeds

For Class B track and field enthusiasts, Chester is the place to be on Saturday. The Tom Main Invitational will be held at Chester with field events starting at 9:30 and running events beginning at 10:30 a.m.

You will see some of the top performers in the Class B division in both boys' and girls' competition.

One of the top performers on the girls' side will be Chester's Josie Wolf.

The outstanding sprinter is having another great year in her final season for the Flyers.

Makenna Larson, who just qualified for the state 100-meter dash, will be in both individual and relay teams for Chester. Madison Kizer of Howard, one of the better high jumpers in the state, should be strong once again on Saturday. One of the top throwers, Bailey Rudebusch will be looking for great performances in both the shot put and discus.

The boys have several top performers on the track and in field events.

Chester's Austin Eppard is having a great season throwing the shot put and discus. At the last meet, he set a school record of 169-feet-05 in the discus.

Chester's Levi DeVries may go head-to-head against Colman-Egan's Walker Olivier in the hurdle races.

In the sprint races, you have Cade Larson and Riley Greenhoff of Chester going against Olivier and Kade Groos of Colman-Egan. One of the better distance runners in the area will be there: Connor Spilde in the 3200-meter run.

This will be the first time this season that Chester and Colman-Egan will be competing against each other. Both teams could be in the running for the State B title next month.

This meet could be a preview of the Region Meet that will be held next month.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.