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Dickinson's inexperience shows at state

BISMARCK -- The youth and inexperience of the Dickinson High girls track and field team showed on Friday, according to co-coach Dave Michaelson. The Midgets didn't have their best stuff putting up just seven team points. "They're young, but we we...

BISMARCK -- The youth and inexperience of the Dickinson High girls track and field team showed on Friday, according to co-coach Dave Michaelson.

The Midgets didn't have their best stuff putting up just seven team points.

"They're young, but we were disappointed," Michaelson said.

Dickinson sits in eighth place at the meet, far behind front-runner Minot, which tallied 36 points on the first day of the Class A state meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Bismarck Century is second with 34 points while Bismarck High's 33 points has the Demons in third. Fargo South (23) and West Fargo (21) rounded out the top five.

Despite Dickinson not putting forth its best effort, Michaelson remained optimistic about the Midgets' chances to move up in the standings.

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"We have to hang in there and be patient," Michaelson said. "Hopefully, we'll have a better day (today)."

The Midgets took home fifth in the 3,200 relay after entering the state meet with the second-best time. Dickinson ran a 9:57.53.

The frustration showed.

"It wasn't for a lack of effort, they just didn't get into any rhythm or flow," Michaelson said. "It wasn't our day in that race."

"It's just been a really windy day," Dickinson junior Dakota Wolf added.

Dickinson picked up four points in that relay, and relied on Wolf to pick up its other three points.

Wolf ran a 5:22.81 in the 1,600, good enough for sixth place. Though running finals were few and far between on Friday, Dickinson did get some surprises that could pay off today.

Freshman Brie Lynch made the finals in the 200 and senior Lexi Stickel in the 100. Freshman Kara Froelich qualified for the finals in both hurdle events.

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"Brie Lynch's 200 was a nice surprise," Michaelson said. "We were really happy with that.

"One of the silver linings is ... we should be fresher," Michaelson said. "The girls should have quite a bit of juice left."

The open 400 has been an important race for the Dickinson boys team at the state meet.

Dickinson qualified and placed five runners in last year's finals and this year, the Midgets are at it again, putting three in today's final.

Seniors Taylor Bruhschwein and Skyler Beaudoin, and junior Challis Williams are all back in it, hoping to improve on their placing.

"Bruhschwein ran a great 400," Michaelson said. "Having three kids in the open 400 is kind of exciting."

But Bruhschwein wasn't done there, running the top preliminary time in the 300 hurdles.

"Taylor, I think, is going to have a great race," Michaelson said.

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One of the bigger surprises of the day came from sophomore Calen Beaudoin.

Beaudoin long-jumped a personal-best 21 feet, 4 inches to take third place. Beaudoin scratched on his final five jumps, but the only one that mattered was the first one.

"I knew I was going to place with that jump," Beaudoin said. "I wanted to get past 21-4. I know I have more in me."

Michaelson said Calen's finish was a nice surprise.

"That was a great effort by Calen," Michaelson said.

Junior Joe Emmerich also placed for Dickinson, earning eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5-10.

Dickinson's boys are currently in eighth place with 6.5 points.

Fargo South leads the pack with 37 points while Bismarck High is on the Bruins' heels with 35 points. Century has 30.5 points, and Minot (25) and Bismarck St. Mary's (16) rounded out the field.

Michaelson said he's expecting to score plenty of points today.

"We're hoping for big points."

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