Kaden Kuntz, a senior on the Dickinson Trinity track team, defended his state 100-meter dash title as he won the event at the Class B State Track and Field Meet with a time of 11.05 seconds. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 21 feet, ¼ inch and anchored the 4x200 boys relay, aiding the Titans to a third-place finish.
The North Dakota State football commit couldn't repeat in the 200-meter dash, as about halfway through, he strained his right hamstring. He was unable to finish the race.
His efforts helped the Trinity boys track team take third.
DP: How would you describe your final track meet?
KK: "It was definitely bittersweet. A lot of things went well, but a lot of things didn't go as planned, obviously. All I can explain it has, is bittersweet."
DP: How long have you been competing in track and what do you most enjoy about it?
KK: "I've been competing in track since I've been eight or nine years old. It started at the Hershey track and field meet. Then when I started doing organized track, it was my seventh grade year."
DP: Do you have a favorite event?
KK: "The 100-meter dash."
DP: Do you have a least favorite event?
KK: "I don't have a least favorite event. The one that's probably the hardest for me is triple jump, but I wouldn't say it's my least favorite."
DP: how are you spending your summer?
KK: "Right now, I have a week off and I'm just working to get my hamstring better. Then, I'm going to Mexico for a week, then I go up to NDSU to start workouts."
DP: If you had to vacation one spot for the rest of your life, where would it be?
KK: "That's a tough one. I'd have to say, I'd have to go to Hawaii."
DP: Who is your favorite athlete?
KK: "My favorite athlete is Baker Mayfield."
DP: Snapchat or Instagram?
KK: "Probably, Instagram."
DP: Coke or Pepsi?
DP: Country or Hip-hop?
KK: "Depends on the day. I kind of like either, it just depends on my mood."
DP: Who or what is your biggest inspiration to succeed?
KK: "I'd say my parents are my biggest inspiration. They push me every day and help me out every day. Without them, I couldn't be where I am."