Photo finish: Trinity’s girls 3,200 relay team beats Hillsboro-CV by one-thousandth of a second for state title
BISMARCK — The Dickinson Trinity girls 3,200-meter relay team of Morgan Kuntz, Kelli Pavlicek, Katie Pavlicek and Katelyn Grinsteinner had their eyes glued to the jumbotron at the MDU Resources Community Bowl.
The big video board was replaying the final second of the 3,200 relay, which had been a photo finish.
“Nobody really knew that point,” Grinsteinner said. “We were all on the edge of our seats ready for the actual times to come up.”
The wait and anticipation paid off as Trinity edged Hillsboro-Central Valley by one-thousandth of second to win a state title during the first day of the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet on Friday. The meet concludes today.
“To finally realize that we did it, it was a big accomplishment,” Katie Pavlicek said with a smile. “We were really overjoyed.”
The Titans’ track and field season hasn’t been all happiness.
After a fire on March 3, Trinity High School was closed for the remainder of the school year. In the school was Knights of Columbus Activities Center, which the Titans used as a practice facility.
Kuntz, who ran the relay’s opening leg, said this state title means more than just a state championship. It’s a reminder of how the team has pulled together.
“It just shows how strong that we actually are, because we can come back and do something like that,” she said.
Kelli Pavlicek said the team needed everyone to run a solid 800, especially when it comes down to one-thousandth of a second.
“That’s what we like about our relay,” she said. “We all push each other as hard as we can. We cheer for each other and we all want the best of everyone.”
After the Titans accepted their first-place plaques, co-head coach Andrew DesRosier came over to congratulate the relay team. He gave credit to the Titans and Burros for running neck-in-neck but was more than pleased to end the first day of the meet with an event championship.
“To have eight girls run two miles and have to go to the thousandth of a second to determine the winner is as exciting of a race that you will ever come across,” DesRosier said. “We put a good foot forward (on Friday). We’re set up that we could get some things done and now everything for (today) is for points.”
Runner-up for a second time
At the 2013 state meet, Mott-Regent’s Alyssa Olin placed runner-up in the javelin.
The senior couldn’t quite nab the No. 1 spot this season either as she placed runner-up for the second straight year.
Though Olin was hoping for a first-place finish, she doesn’t have any complaints about her high school career.
“Second place isn’t anything to be ashamed of,” Olin said. “It’s a great achievement and I’m happy. I ended with my best throw of the year. Second for two years is a good accomplishment. I’m not going to cry about not winning. It’s a bummer, but I’m still happy.”
Olin had a toss of 135 feet, 4 inches. Kayla Hochhalter, the state champion from Carrington, broke a state record with a toss of 143-11. Hochhalter’s distance bested the previous record set by Bottineau’s Sara Neubauer by seven inches.
“I stayed focused and my first throw (in finals) was pretty good,” said Olin, who throwing this year’s personal best. “I knew what I needed to change and I fixed it. It just went well from there.”
Bowman County’s unexpected finish
Less than a week ago, the Bowman County boys 3,200-meter relay received the opportunity to travel to the state meet.
The Bulldogs accepted the invitation and didn’t disappoint.
The quartet of Justin Germann, Cole Osendorf, Brandon Fischer and David Chavez placed fourth in the 3,200 relay.
“It’s a great feeling that’s for sure,” Brandon Fischer said.
Osendorf, who ran the team’s second leg, made a statement by bringing his team from the middle of the pack to the No. 2 spot behind eventual champions Kindred.
“You just have to keep your eyes on their back and run them down,” Osendorf said. “You can’t let them go the last meet.”
Killdeer also placed in the event, taking fifth. The Titans finished in sixth.
Holt nabs fourth place in the triple jump
Hettinger-Scranton senior Cassie Holt entered the state meet with the third-best triple jump in Class B. She ended the day with a fourth-place finish.
Holt posted a distance of 34-11¾ in the event, short of her season best by more than a half-foot.
“I feel like I did as well as I could have with all this heat,” Holt said. “I could have done better and I wish I would have done better.”
The Night Hawks’ senior will also be competing in the long jump today. She has the sixth-best distance entering the event. Holt is looking to end her high school career on a high note.
“I’ll just use this to fuel me for (today),” she said. “This is my last year and I want to end the year strong.”
Other area placers
Beach junior Hunter Weinreis placed fifth in the 1,600 run (4:38.76). Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Brandon Pierce finished in a tie for eighth place in the high jump (5-10). Pierce tied with Ellendale’s Tim Belmore.
The Killdeer boys track and field team has plenty of finalists in the opens and relays. The Cowboys ran the best times in the 400 and 800 relays.
Lewis Dobitz had the second- and third-best times in the 200 (23.00) and 400 (50.85), respectively. Tucker Beck has the second-fastest time entering the finals of the 200 (22.98).
Mott-Regent senior Abby Honeyman ran the fastest preliminary time in the 100 hurdles (15.67). She will also compete in the 300 hurdle finals and the long jump today.
Trinity had multiple runners and relay teams make the finals.
Dawson Kram is in the 100, while Jace Kruger reached the finals in the 400. Junior Coltyn Nelson reached the finals in the 300 hurdles after running a time of 41.94 seconds. Trinity has the second-fastest time in the girls 800 relay.
Fischer also reached the finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles.