Calhoun grabs Class A’s third in discus to lead Midgets track and field

BISMARCK -- Kelsey Calhoun is getting out of the game at the right time, and she's leaving on a high note.The Dickinson High senior took third place in the Class A girls discus competition Saturday at the state track and field meet at the Bismarc...

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Dickinson High sophomore Chris Irakoze runs alongside Bismarck Century’s Drew Cady down the stretch of the Class A boys 1,600-meter relay Saturday at the state track and field meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

BISMARCK - Kelsey Calhoun is getting out of the game at the right time, and she’s leaving on a high note.
The Dickinson High senior took third place in the Class A girls discus competition Saturday at the state track and field meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl, capping her career with her highest finish in any event at the state meet.
“It’s way better than last year when I took fifth,” she said after her throw of 120 feet, 7 inches. “It’s really nice to make the podium again.”
Calhoun said the Class A throwers were strong this season, making her final year at state a special one.
Finishing ahead of Calhoun were West Fargo senior Keely Walker in second place (127-2) and Grand Forks Red River eighth-grader Shelby Frank in the top spot (128-1).
“I think there’s a lot of young talent for sure,” Calhoun said. “I know a lot of them are going to be very successful in the future.”

Calhoun finished outside of the top eight Friday in the javelin, but she rebounded to put a satisfying finish on her career, which included qualifying for state in six events over the course of four years and placing four times.
“Not being able to place in the javelin made me more motivated in the discus,” she said. “I really went out there and competed, and it got me third.”
Calhoun helped the Midgets girls track and field team to a 10th place finish with 30.5 team points. Fargo Davies took the top spot for the girls with 122 team points, though Bismarck Century was right behind with 119.
Dickinson’s Elizabeth Yoder also earned some redemption Saturday, taking fifth in the 3,200-meter run after not placing in the 1,600 meters on Friday. Furthermore, the junior returned to state a year after a stress fracture in her right foot limited her in all of her events.
“A year ago, I could barely run, and now I’m here running pain-free, so it’s just exciting to be here and not be hurting,” Yoder said.
She took fifth place in 11 minutes, 3.73 seconds, just .6 seconds behind Mandan’s Kelby Rinas in fourth.
“This is by far the fastest time I’ve ever had,” Yoder said. “I had a personal record by 22 seconds. I saw it on the podium, and I wanted to start crying. I was so excited. I think I ran an 11:55 at the start of the season, and today I almost broke 11 minutes, so it’s exciting to see how far I’ve come.”
Yoder remained within the first pack of 10 runners for a majority of the race, but on the final turn, she made her move. She navigated herself from eighth place into fifth, and she briefly found herself in fourth before Rinas caught her at the end.
“I was constantly aware of what place I was in,” Yoder said. “Coach (Greg) Jung always tells me to run with heart, so that’s what I did.”
Dickinson’s Megan Erickson placed fifth in the 100 meters in 12.79 seconds and seventh in the 200 meters in 26.35 seconds.
“This is the first time I made it in the finals (of the 100),” Erickson said. “My prelims were really good. I ran faster then, but I’m really happy I made it on the podium.”
Erickson also teamed with Macy Mack, Emily Keller and Aspen Galster to place fifth in the 800-meter relay in 1:46.01.
Mack, Peyton Selle, Galster and Erickson also took seventh in the 400-meter relay in 50.85 seconds.
Lexi Jordheim tied for sixth in the high jump with Gabby Ries of Fargo Shanley after both cleared 4-11.
As a team, Dickinson’s boys placed 17th overall with 12.5 team points while Bismarck Century took the boys title with 141 points and Bismarck High placed second at 103.
Dickinson’s 1,600-meter relay team of Collin Schock, Tanner Davidson, Mike Herauf and Chris Irakoze placed seventh in 3:30.81. It was the very last relay the Dickinson boys qualified during the regular season, so they were pleased they ended up on the podium.
“Last year we came close to making it on the podium, but we missed it by one place,” Schock said, “so it feels really good to get on there this year.”
Irakoze, a sophomore, took the place of senior Dalton Wolf in the relay, running the anchor and holding off Bismarck Century’s Drew Cady down the stretch.
“(Irakoze) showed a lot of heart coming down when that Century guy was right beside him,” Davidson said.
Herauf added: “For (Davidson and Schock’s) senior year, it was quite an event that we all worked hard in getting on the podium. It’s a great way for them to go out as seniors.”

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