Killdeer’s Dobitz puts on surprise show
Killdeer junior Lewis Dobitz went step-for-step with defending Class A state 100-meter dash champion Minot junior Karter Gorney.
Gorney edged Dobitz by one one-thousandth of a second in the 100 during the Carlson Booster Track and Field Meet on Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center.
“I didn’t really expect that and I think I’ve really progressed from last year,” Dobitz said with a smile.
Both runners finished with a time of 11.48 seconds. However, Gorney held the slight edge in the thousandths of the second.
Dobitz, who competes in Class B, said the ability to take a defending Class A state champion to the wire gave him a boost of confidence. Dobitz also ran a state qualifying time in the 200 (22.95).
“If I didn’t have my teammates pushing me at practice, I wouldn’t be where I am,” he said. “We just push each other every day.”
Killdeer senior Tucker Beck didn’t waste any time punching a ticket to the state meet. Beck placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20-feet, 11.5-inches.
The Killdeer senior wanted to go 4 for 4 in qualifying each event. He archived just that. Beck qualified in the open 200 and helped the 400 and 800 relay teams reach state. The two relays were the same quartet of Trenton Rohr, Caleb Musick, Beck and Dobitz.
“Qualifying for long jump kind of gave me a boost of confidence and it pushed me hard,” Beck said with a smile. “It was going to close.”
Other state qualifiers on the boys side included Dickinson Trinity Jace Kruger in pole vault. The junior finished third at a height of 12-6. The Titans’ junior Joe Mayer placed in a tie for second and qualified for state in the long jump at 21-1. Mott-Regent’s Brady Wegh also qualified in the triple jump (42-7.5).
On the girls side, Mott-Regent senior Abby Honeyman is extremely comfortable running at the BAC and for good reason too. Honeyman qualified in the 100 and 300 hurdles. The Mott-Regent senior ran qualifying times of 15.79 and 48.21, respectively.
“It feels good, very good,” said Honeyman, who is signed to compete with the Dickinson State track and field team beginning in the fall of 2014. “It’s a confidence booster for sure. Running in Dickinson is my favorite, so I’m glad I could run here first off. There are some really good girls here too.”
The other Class B state qualifiers on the girls side was Mott-Regent senior Alyssa Olin in the javelin with a throw of 129-7. Olin finished runner-up at last year’s state meet with a throw of 139-6.