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Making a splash at the state meet: Beulah senior is hoping to knock off defending champion

Beulah senior Tegan Peabody would like to place in the javelin and the shot put at Friday's Class B state meet in Bismarck. But those events aren't weighing on her mind nearly as much as the discus. After placing sixth last season with a throw of...

Beulah senior Tegan Peabody would like to place in the javelin and the shot put at Friday's Class B state meet in Bismarck.

But those events aren't weighing on her mind nearly as much as the discus.

After placing sixth last season with a throw of 121 feet, 5 inches, Peabody returns to the Bismarck Community Bowl intent on bringing home the gold.

"Discus has always been my strong point," Peabody said. "I've always felt more comfortable when throwing that."

Peabody is second in the state with a throw of 126 feet. Griggs County Central senior Katie Gruman, the defending state champion, has the top throw at 132-7, though she threw 142-feet to win it last year.

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She said winning the discus would be a great accomplishment to end her high school career.

"It would put everything together," Peabody said. "I've worked so hard these past four years. I'd be so happy, it would mean a lot."

Nonetheless, the other events are still important to her.

Beulah coach Todd Kaylor said it wouldn't surprise him to see Peabody place in all three events.

"Tegan's a kid who's capable of placing in all three events," Kaylor said. "It only takes one throw."

"I want to place in the top eight in all of my events," Peabody said. "It's a run for the money every single throw."

Beulah's talent doesn't end with Peabody, though.

Sophomore Kelsey Kraft sits fifth in the 800 and is a state qualifier in the 400 while senior Shelbi Schneider is third in the high jump.

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Other top area competitors include Bowman County sophomore Anne Duletski and senior Abby Nasset.

Duletski placed second in the 100 and fifth in the 200 last season, but enters Friday's meet with the fifth best time in the 100 and the ninth best time in the 200.

Nasset is second in the state in the 400 and 11th in the 800 and junior Jenna Olson is fifth in the 400.

The Bulldogs are also a major player in relays where they have the state's top time in the 1,600, are second in the 800 and fourth in both the 400 and 3,200.

The duo of sophomore Allison Opp and freshman Breaunna Oakland help make Hazen a force to be reckoned with. Opp is second in the state in the 100 hurdles and triple jump, and eighth in the 300 hurdles and long jump. Oakland is third in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 100 hurdles.

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