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Bulldogs win Class B girls title

BISMARCK -- Everything seemed to come together at the right time for Bowman County. The Bulldogs pulled off a stunning performance, taking home top honors at the Class B girls state track and field meet Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "I...

BISMARCK -- Everything seemed to come together at the right time for Bowman County.

The Bulldogs pulled off a stunning performance, taking home top honors at the Class B girls state track and field meet Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

"In the back of our minds, we thought we could win it," Bowman County sophomore Anne Duletski said.

The Bulldogs got their meet-winning total of 62 points thanks to a strong showing in the relays.

Bowman County swept the top spots in all but the 3,200 relay, where it finished runner-up to Benson County.

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Bowman County received good efforts from Duletski and senior Abby Nasset.

Duletski placed second in the both the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Nasset took second in the 400.

As impressive as that was, Duletski's extra push in the final 20 meters of the 200 relay to overtake Velva-Drake senior Cassandra Anderson showed just how talented a runner she is.

"I gave it my all," Duletski said.

Rugby came in second with a team score of 51 while Griggs County Central and Benson County tied with 50 team points to take third. Maple Valley-Enderlin rounded out the top five.

Maple Valley-Enderlin scored 46 points with just two athletes qualified for state.

Standout senior Kristen Killoran accounted for 38 of those points.

Killoran won titles in the triple jump, long jump and 300 hurdles and was second in the 100 hurdles.

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Hazen flexed its muscles and eased its way to its second consecutive Class B boys state track and field title.

The Bison scored 86 points to lead the meet, followed by 62 from Dickinson Trinity. Rugby (51), New Town (43) and Watford City (37) rounded out the top five.

Senior Brian Sorensen of Hazen had a busy day on the track, winning the 100, 200 and 400 and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay.

"Our coach (Randy Johnson) told us to compete outside our comfort zone," Sorensen said. "Whatever happens ... happens."

The Bison also won the 400 relay, finished second in the 800 relay and third in the 3,200 relay.

Mott-Regent senior Blaise Kautzman closed the deal this time around after finishing second in the high hurdles last season. Kautzman ran a 15.16 to earn the win the victory, edging out Bottineau's Scott Roemmich.

"I could feel him behind me the whole way," Kautzman said. "I guess it worked out."

Heart River junior Jimmy Smith got the job done in the high jump with a state-title winning leap of 6-2.

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In his first three jumps, he cleared 5-10, 6-0 and 6-2.

"The big thing (is) trying to be consistent," Smith said.

With the high jump being an early event and the majority of Saturday's early action being plagued by bad weather, Smith said doing well was a matter of concentration.

"I get into my own little world," Smith said. "I block out everything and focus on the bar."

Notes: Benson County distance runner Lindsay Anderson was the Class B senior athlete of the year while Rugby's Bill Jansen was coach of the year. Seth Wisthoff of Glenburn was named Class B senior athlete of the year, and Scott Grochow of Rugby was coach of the year. ... Richardton-Taylor junior Jadon Messer took third place in the triple jump with a leap of 42-1 1/2. ... Mott-Regent senior Brock Gion took third in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet. Messer was fifth at 20-8. ... In the final boys event of the day, rivals Hazen and Trinty went toe-to-toe in the 1,600 relay. Hazen tok first with a time of 3:29.05. Trinity was second at 3:29.47. Hazen also won the 400 relay with a time of 44.82 seconds.

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