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Area track and field stars make a run for gold

Competition brought out the very best in many of the athletes as numerous personal records (PR) were achieved.

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Dickinson High School repeatedly found themselves in the top 10 spots across all competitions with an overall score of (88.5) for the girls — placing them fourth overall — and a (129) for boys. (Photo on file)

The Midgets held their invitational track meet for varsity boys and girls on April 17, featuring 13 schools competing in the early morning at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson.

Dickinson High School repeatedly found themselves in the top 10 spots across all competitions with an overall score of (88.5) for the girls — placing them fourth overall — and a (129) for boys, which was enough to achieve bronze with a third place standing.

Trinity High school also found themselves close to DHS on the table with their boys and girls varsity teams placing fifth with 55.5 and 74 respectively.

Competition brought out the very best in many of the athletes as numerous personal records (PR) were achieved.

In the boys 100 meters, the top three spots were taken by Watford’s Dakota Cluchie (11.55); Bowman’s Caleb Duffield and Trinity’s Izaak Kudrna. Kudrna and Duffield were in a photo finish with official times listed at 11.69 each. Both Duffield and Kudrna set personal records in this competition and are sure to be season-long competition for each other.

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The girls number one spot for 100 meters was Sklar Crow of Richadton-Taylor (12.84a) and both second and third place were clinched by Beulah runners Paige Hetler (13.05) and Aisha Zaffino (13.41). All three girls set personal best.

200 meters saw Beulah, Watford and Bowman at the top. Dickinson High placed sixth through eighth in this category from Mason Anchondo (24.27, PR), Ethan Wardell (24.57, PR), and Christian Bowden (24.61)

In the boys 400 meters Williston took the top two spots with Cutter Jones (53.51) and Logan Dangerfield (55.63a) and Hettinger-Scranton took third with Bennett Jorgenson (56.38a). All three set the best person

The girls top three spots came from Watford City’s Jaelyn Ogle(1:01.35 PR); Williston’s Ava Marburger (1:01.72, SR); Hettinger-Scranton’s Sidra Sadowsky (1:01.73, PR). Dickinson’s Claire Kreidt (1:03.54, PR) took fifth while Mattilyn Biel (1:04.63a) set a season record at seventh place.

In what is considered one of the toughest track events, the 800 meters, the top five spots were filled by Williston and Dickinson athletes. Williston took first, third and fourth place with Ethan Moe (2:01.63); Gunnar Alvarado (2:02.52); Ivan Askim (2:10.67) each setting PR. Dickinson took second and fifth place with Brady Yoder (2:02.52); Hunter Gregoire (2:11.59). Both setting season records.

Williston also dominated in the girls 800 meters with Eleni Lovgren (2:27.93, PR) and Demi Peterson (2:39.21, PR) in first and second. Ameerah Rosin (2:40.60, PR) gave Grant County/Flasher third while Symone Beld (2:42.60, SR) kept Dickinson in the top five at fourth place.

Dickinson nearly swept the boys 1600 meters as Yoder (4:22.78, SR); Aj Ash (4:52.69, PR); Griffin Obrigewith (4:53.34, PR); Gregoire (4:54.83) took top spots. Yoder is a state favorite this year in the 1600.

Trinity took fourth in the 4x400 relay with Luke Shobe, Jake Daniel, Tanner Roers and Jace Kovash clocking in a competitive 3:50.37, while the Midget boys finished sixth (3:56.74) with Kaden Selle, Jack Unruh, Christian Bowden, and anchorman Mason Anchondo.

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The girls 4x400 relay saw Dickinson’s girls Emily Ash, Mattilyn Biel, Jazmin Barry and Claire Kreidt take third with a 4:28.00, while Trinity’s time of 4:28.33 garnered fourth for Kara Wanner, Anna Clifton, Sterling Tooz and Helena Pavek.

In the boys long jump competition, Bowman County swept the top three spots with Clay Heimer (21-06.50), Duffield (2103.00, PR), Teigen Marmon (21-03.00, PR). Dickinson’s Anchondo (19-11.00, SR) took forth.

For the girls Crow (18-03.00, PR) took first for Richardton-Taylor; Watford City’s Hayley Ogle (17-10.50, PR) took second; and Dickinson’s Barry (17-10.00, PR) took third.

The next meet is scheduled for April 27, beginning at 11 a.m. at the BAC according to the NDHSAA website.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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