Bulldogs relay team takes second in Class B state track and field meet

BISMARCK -- Three quarters of Bowman County's 3,200-meter boys relay team is graduating, so they wanted to give it all they had. The fourth member, a freshman, wanted to send them out right.The Bulldogs quartet of Cole Osendorf, Brayden Miller, A...

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Bowman County senior Cole Osendorf runs the first leg of the Class B 3,200-meter relay at the state track and field meet Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. The Bulldogs placed second in the event. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

BISMARCK - Three quarters of Bowman County’s 3,200-meter boys relay team is graduating, so they wanted to give it all they had.
The fourth member, a freshman, wanted to send them out right.
The Bulldogs quartet of Cole Osendorf, Brayden Miller, Alex Madrigal and Alex Bartholomay took second in the event Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl in a time of 8 minutes, 20.27 seconds, a school record in a season that has seen many.
“This is my last race ever,” Miller said, “so I gave it all I’ve got. I busted my tail.”
Bowman County came in seeded second behind New Town, the eventual champion in 8:12.63, but the team ran its final relay 8.02 seconds faster than its seed time of 8:28.29, which had been its record from earlier in the year.
The Bulldogs traded the lead several times throughout the race with the Eagles team of Joe Chase, Chace Hale, Jalen Chase and Ryan Wheeling, who defended the team’s title in the event from last year.
“The mindset is to basically stay as close as you can, don’t give up and leave everything you have out there,” said Osendorf, another senior. “It’s the last race of the year, so we had to give it our all. … We knew (New Town) would be tough. They were really mentally tough, just like everybody running this race. … We got third last year, second this year, so it feels great to keep improving.”
Madrigal, a freshman, was thrilled he helped his teammates finish with a top time.
“I could have run more I was that happy,” he said. “This feels pretty awesome.”
Earlier in the day, Bartholomay ran his final Class B state meet mile in 4:29.34 to take fifth place, one spot higher than last season.
“I thought it was a really good race. That’s a 9-second PR for me, so I’m happy with that,”

Bartholomay said. “I really put it all out there today, and I was really happy with it.”
Elsewhere for Bowman County, Meggie Fischer and Ellie Stafford placed second and fourth, respectively, in the Class B girls high jump by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch and 4-11.
“I felt really good,” said Fischer, a sophomore. “After I cleared 5-1, I think I knew I was in second, and it was really exciting. … It feels really good. I know I can do a lot more in the next two years.”
Stafford, a freshman, said 4-11 was about where she hovered all year, but she was satisfied that it gave her fourth place on Friday.
“I wanted 5-1, but 4-11 was what I got all year,” she said. “It’s really exciting for me to get fourth as a freshman at state. I’m hoping that as I get older, I’ll get higher heights and hopefully become a state champ.”
In the Class B girls triple jump, Dickinson Trinity freshman Masy Kuntz placed third, coming in at 35-1. She placed behind seniors Ricki Lindley of Watford City (37-10) and Krista Slaubaugh of Hazen (36-8). Lindley won her second consecutive state title in the event and the third overall of her career.
Kuntz faulted a few times and registered a jump shorter than her seed, but she was pleased with her effort.
“It gives me a lot of hope for next year and the years to follow,” she said. “It’s exciting. I think I did jump pretty well. I was kind of nervous. I didn’t jump my best, but I did jump what I was hoping for.”
Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Elizabeth Bartholmy placed fifth in the triple jump at 34-10.5, 3 inches more than her seed. It was her first time placing at the state meet.
“I was really happy I was able to PR in my first time at the state meet,” Bartholmy said. “For my second year at state in the triple, I was happy that I got on the podium.”
Other area finishes
- Trinity senior Alanna Sickler placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 300-meter hurdles in 49.33 seconds. Sickler also teamed with Kuntz, Sarah Meyer and Brinklyn Schumacher to take third in the prelims of the 800-meter relay in 1:48.86.
- Trinity junior Dawson Kram advanced to the finals of the 100 meters after winning the prelims in 11.25 seconds. He was also first in the prelims of the 200 meters in 22.21 seconds.
- Noah Sickler was second in the prelims of the 400 meters in 50.90 seconds. Sickler and Kram teamed with Kaden Kuntz and Michael Marsh to advance to the finals of the 400-meter relay by placing second in the prelims in 43.93 seconds.
- Heart River senior Cole Olson was fifth in the javelin throw at 157-6.
- Mott-Regent’s Brady Wegh was first in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles in 15.42 seconds, and he was fifth in the prelims of the 300-meter hurdles in 41.01 seconds.
- The Beach squad of Josiah Orluck, Sam Clarke, Brandon Miller and Jared Wojahn placed seventh in the 3,200-meter relay in 8:42.95.
- Killdeer’s Shawnee Hansen advanced to today’s finals in the 400 meters after taking fifth in the prelims in 59.31 seconds. Hansen also teamed with Sydney Anderson, Rachel Voigt and Amber Kukla to place eighth in the 3,200-meter relay in 10:20.01.
- The Hettinger-Scranton quartet of Molly Holt, Tayler Burwick, Lizzy Thompson and Taylor Hestekin took fifth in the 3,200-meter relay in 10:09.53. Holt also placed seventh in the javelin throw with a toss of 114-6.
- Sam Kludt, also from Hettinger-Scranton, took fourth in the boys triple jump, coming in at 41-6.

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