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Titans seek placement, not times at regionals

Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity sophomore Kennedy Keator, left, races against Hettinger-Scranton’s Kaycee Schwind during the 800-meter relay on Tuesday at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The best time, distance and height will always decide the winner.

However, the Dickinson Trinity track and field teams aren’t aiming to race, jump or throw for a certain time or distance.

The Titans are just looking for a top three finish. Why? A top three finish during the Southwest Region Track and Field Meet at 11:30 a.m. today will guarantee a spot at the state track and field meet.

“Places matter more than times and everyone is going to have to run in the same weather,” Trinity co-head coach Andrew DesRosier said. “It’s about being mentally tough.

“We are going to have some disappointments. We are going to hope that our surprises outnumber our disappointments.”

Trinity has a handful of state qualifiers entering the regional meet.

On the girls side individually, the Titans have sophomore Kennedy Keator who qualified in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while senior Katelyn Grinsteinner has a state-qualifying mark in the 800. The four relay teams for the girls qualified. The Titans have the second-best times in the 400 and 1,600 relays.

For the boys, Trinity’s Dawson Kram has the sixth-best time in the 100 dash. Junior Joe Mayer has state-qualifying distances in the long and triple jumps. Trinity junior Jace Kruger has a state-qualifying height in the pole vault. The boys are also qualified in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

“There’s a lot of anticipation that goes into it and we feel ready,” DesRosier said. “We’ve accomplished a lot this season. We’ve got a lot of qualifiers and we have some that we’d like to see go by place. We’ve an eye on a team total that we come away with some hardware.”

Other girls track and field athletes in the Southwest Region to watch out for is Mott-Regent senior Abby Honeyman, who has reached a state-qualifying mark in six events. She punched her ticket to the state meet in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. She has the fastest time in Class B in the 100 hurdles at 15.12 seconds.

The Wildfire also has senior Alyssa Olin with the second-furthest javelin throw in Class B at 129-feet, 7-inches. Hettinger-Scranton’s Cassie Holt has state-qualifying distances in the long and triple jump. She has the third-best triple jump (35-7).

On the boys side, Killdeer’s strength is in sprints. The Cowboys have three runners qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes. Killdeer senior Tucker Beck and junior Lewis Dobitz have the fastest- and second-fastest times in Class B for the 200 at 22.14 and 22.24 seconds, respectively. The Cowboys also have the fastest 400 relay team at 43.76, which is one second faster than Trinity.

Though the weather has finally shown its spring, DesRosier said running in cold temperatures and 30 mph winds should make all the athletes mentally stronger.

“Getting used to competing in less than ideal conditions just makes you all the more excited and the more mentally ready when you get a good opportunity,” he said. “We are going to put the weather aside (today). Rain or shine. We’re going to come out and compete against the person in the lane next to us.”