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Kainz claims high jump title for DHS

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High sophomore Wyatt Kainz clears the high jump bar during the Class A state meet on Saturday at the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck.1 / 2
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson eighth-grader Mariah Mortensen finished eighth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch on Saturday at the Class A state track and field meet.2 / 2

BISMARCK — A year ago as a freshman, Dickinson High Wyatt Kainz surprised his coaches and teammates by placing at the North Dakota Class A state track and field meet.

Kainz hasn’t gone anywhere but up.

The sophomore won the Class A state high jump title with a height of 6 feet, 4 inches during the final day of the state meet on Saturday at the MDU Resources Community Bowl.

“It was crazy,” Kainz said with a smile. “I really don’t know what to say, honestly. I just stayed focused on the bar and made sure I was getting clean over in the fews attempts. That’s what it came down to in the end.”

As a freshman, Kainz placed in a tie for sixth at 5-10. He entered the state meet with state’s best high jump at 6-5. He knew if he jumped at or near his personal best of 6-5, he would be in contention for a top finish.

Yet, he wasn’t expecting a championship.

“I felt like I was going to be somewhere in the mix,” he said.

Kainz landed his first attempt at 6-4, which gave him the advantage over Al Bates of Fargo Davies and Bismarck Century’s Aaron Doan, who both took multiple attempts to clear the height.

None of the three jumpers cleared 6-5 and once the bar fell on Doan’s final attempt, Kainz sealed the victory.

“I cleared (6-4) and I knew right away that was probably one of the better jumps I took all year,” he said. “I felt really good about it.”

Midgets senior sprinter Jace Dukart placed in three events — the 100, 200 and 400 meters. He finished sixth in the 200 (11.36 seconds), seventh in the 100 (22.64) and seventh in the 400 (50.82). As a team, Dickinson placed ninth with 34 points.

Dukart said he doesn’t have any complaints, because to win either the 200 or 400, he would have needed to defeat Bismarck Century’s Landon Jochim. The Patriots senior set new state records in both events.

“Landon came out and just broke two state records,” Dukart said. “They just have a good program. It’s kind of intimidating, but if you look at your times you think, ‘Yeah, there’s probably not a chance I can pass him, but there’s a chance that I can keep up with him. It’s a good speed gauge.’”

Dickinson junior Jackson Binstock placed fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:34.28.

Carter Blackwell placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (39.51 seconds). The junior knew the 300 hurdles was his only race of the day and he wanted to make it count.

“I ran as hard as I could,” Blackwell said. “I wanted to get a better place, but these kids are good. I could use the excuse that this is my first year, but these kids are really good.”

On the girls side, the Midgets received placements from three grade levels — sophomore, freshman and eighth grade.

Kelsey Calhoun was the lone sophomore to place at state. She finished eighth in the javelin on Friday.

Freshman Elizabeth Yoder had a fifth-place finish in the 3,200 (11:40.85) and was all smiles after running her best time of the season.

“During the race, I felt terrible, because that was hard,” she said with a laugh. “It was worth it after I was done. I was so glad I made top eight. I feel proud of myself and I have a team that will help me get here is amazing.”

Freshman Alissa Godlevsky placed sixth in the pole vault on Friday. She finished at a height of 9-6. Her personal best this season was 9-9.

Eighth-grader Mariah Mortensen didn’t quite know what to say after placing eighth in the high jump. She tied a personal best at 5-1.

“I didn’t expect to place,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy, because I never thought I’d place.”

Yoder believes the experience the underclassmen received at the state meet will help them in the future.

“It’s great knowing that we can come here and compete with how young we are,” she said.