No regretsBISMARCK — Bowman County senior Dustin Maher may have entered Friday’s Class B state track and field meet with the best throw in the shot put, but he finished the event knowing he did the best he could, and that suits him just fine.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Dickinson Press
BISMARCK — Bowman County senior Dustin Maher may have entered Friday’s Class B state track and field meet with the best throw in the shot put, but he finished the event knowing he did the best he could, and that suits him just fine.
Maher couldn’t overcome a monster throw by North Sargent-Sargent Central senior Ryan Drevlow, who hurled the shot 57 feet, 4 inches, topping Maher’s 54-4 by a full 3 feet to take top honors at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
“I did my best so I’m not regretting anything,” Maher said. “He had two really good throws. I knew it was going to be hard to beat.”
Maher had the best throw in the state coming in with a distance of 54-11¾, and it took the best hurl in the state this year — including Class A — to overcome Maher.
Even with the runner-up finish, the throw was still the second-best of his career and fourth best of all shot putters in the state this season.
“I was just trying to get one out there,” Maher said. “I’m happy with it.”
Maher gets one more shot at a state title when he competes in the discus today. He enters with the top throw (154-7).
“I feel good about it,” Maher said. “Everyone’s close (in the discus). It’ll be a good show.”
Maher has Bowman County in a tie for 10th place with eight points. Dickinson Trinity is also one of the teams tied for 10th.
New Town is out to an early lead with 34 points after the Eagles took the top three spots in the 1,600-meter run. Drevlow has NS-SC in second with 21 and South Border, Williams County and Richland are all tied for third.
After New Town’s three, Trinity senior Jake Braunberger crossed the finish line, and he did so breaking his own school record by eight seconds. However, Braunberger’s time of 4:26.88 wasn’t quite what he had in mind.
“A couple seconds faster I would have liked to have run,” Braunberger said.
Nonetheless, fourth place works for him.
“I’m content,” Braunberger said. “I didn’t pay attention that much to the rankings … just going to run my hardest.”
Braunberger also anchored a Titans’ 3,200 relay that finished seventh.
Setting himself up for a good day today was junior Aaron Grinsteinner, who ran a 39.97 to hold down second-place in the preliminaries of the 300 hurdles. He’s also third in the 400. Grinsteinner, Braunberger, senior Kaden Ficek and junior Kohl Koppinger also ran the best preliminary time in the 1,600 relay.
Defending state champion Jimmy Smith of Heart River couldn’t repeat in the high jump as he leaped 6-2, but failed to reach eventual champion Chris Nordloef of Stanley, who jumped 6-3. Smith won the title last season at 6-2.
Richardton-Taylor seniors Jadon Messer and Lane Transtrom both placed in events. Messer triple-jumped 41-6½ to earn fifth place while Transtrom took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 158-4.
On the girls side, Trinity junior Melissa Bachamp came away with her original seeding in the pole vault, taking home third place with a vault of 9 feet.
“I feel I did pretty good today,” Bachamp said. “I’ve been improving a lot.”
Finishing right behind her in fourth place was Killdeer junior Shalee Dolezal and Hazen senior Samantha Ziegler, both of whom vaulted 8-6.
“I was hoping for 9 (feet), but 8-6 will work,” Dolezal said.
Also scoring points for Trinity was its 3,200 relay team of juniors Kendra Kovash, Whitney Wilhelmi, Ashley Sickler and sophomore Kelsey Barth, who took sixth with a 10:10.89. Trinity is in 10th place with nine team points.
Benson County has the team lead with 32 points while Velva-Drake is in second with 21. Bottineau (18), Griggs County Central (16) and Watford City (15) round out the top five.