Juggling an intense schedule hasn’t slowed Lyman’s Skyler Volmer’s stellar second season – Mitchell Republic

PRESHO, SD — It’s not easy being an athletics star competing in three different field events and the 100-meter hurdles while also playing AAU basketball all spring, but that’s exactly what Skyler Volmer is doing.

In the midst of her best track season yet and still playing AAU basketball for South Dakota Attack, the Lyman sophomore has managed to become one of the top high jumpers in the state and placed in the top four overall in Class A in triples to land jump, long jump, high jump and the 100 meter hurdles.

Volmer’s competitive spirit was the driving force behind her success as she devoted time to so many different sporting events. So much so, that even after posting a personal best of 16 feet, 10.75 inches in the long jump on April 21, she believed she could jump further if she jumped off her other leg. She jumped off her left leg during the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on May 7, but that resulted in the third-shortest jump she’d made all season and prompted her to switch back to her right leg for the state meeting.

In Volmer’s first high school season in the long jump, she managed to win two contests in that event, and she has finished in the top three in five of the seven contests that season. She has finished first in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump five times this year. Her 5-foot-5-inch leap in the high jump on April 21 tied her with Madison’s Audrey Nelson and Sioux Falls Jefferson’s Nancy Peter for the third-highest leap in the state.

She’s also finished first in the triple jump three times this season, but ironically, Volmer spends the least time focusing on the jumping and spends more of her training days on the track.

“What’s helped me so much over time is how athletic I am and my ability to just get airborne and create some hangtime,” Volmer said. “However, most days I start with hurdles and spend most of my time working on hurdles because my jumping events are a bit more natural to me. Jumping will make me sore so I want to stay rested and work on what requires more focus first.”

Lyman’s Skyler Volmer jumps into the long jump pit during the 97th Annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays May 6, 2022 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

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The time spent on hurdles paid off as Volmer last set her personal best on May 12 at the Western Great Plains Conference meeting with a 16:14, making her the third fastest 100-meter hurdles time of any Class B competition. That came five days after she set her previous personal best of 16.31 on May 7 at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

In her field events, Volmer has performed well since last season when she placed 15th in the triple jump with a 32-7.25 and fourth in the high jump with a 4-11. This season, she has surpassed her high jump mark in the state six times and surpassed her triple jump score twice.

Head coach Tami McClanahan, who had a top three mark in the state in the long jump earlier this season, said Volmer’s coordination has been the key component to many of her advancements from her freshman through sophomore years.

“As she’s grown a few inches, improved her coordination and continued to get stronger, she’s been able to pull it all together and have the season that she’s having,” McClanahan said. “Their better coordination was perhaps the most important improvement this year. Especially in triple jump and high jump because she will always be ok given her athletic ability but there are other things to take care of like arching your back and having the right balance and she has been working on that.

Lyman’s Skyler Volmer lands in the long jump pit during the 97th Annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays at Howard Wood Field May 6, 2022 in Sioux Falls.

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Volmer will compete at the Class A State Meeting on May 26th and will have a chance to take the top step of the podium at four different events. The 15-year-old won the high jump and triple jump at the Region 7B track and field meeting. She also placed fourth in the long jump and second in the 100-meter hurdles. On the way to the state meeting, Volmer said she just wants to place herself at every event she attends.

“When I get into that condition, I want to make sure I’m taking my right stride, confident that I’m getting onto the board right and that all of my strides are where they need to be for me to do well,” Volmer said . “Last year I placed fourth in a few events, but this year it would be great to finish in all of them. That is my main goal for this year.”

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